Saint Louis University Appoints Beth-Anne Yakubu as Executive Director of the Emerson Leadership Institute in the John Cook School of Business

beth-anne-yakubuST. LOUIS – The John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University has named Beth-Anne Yakubu executive director of the Emerson Leadership Institute.

Yakubu will oversee the development and execution of the Institute’s business model, strategic objectives, and daily operations. In partnership with SLU’s advancement group, she will also focus on building partnerships and raising awareness for the Institute within the St. Louis region and the global business community. Under her direction, the Emerson Leadership Institute is will serve as “hub” for education and training, research, and community engagement on ethical and responsible leadership in business.

“Beth-Anne’s background in creating programs, developing community partnerships, and fundraising at Saint Louis University make her an ideal candidate for this position,” said Mark Higgins, dean of the John Cook School of Business.

Yakubu brings to the role a strong history of Jesuit business education and experience. She earned her undergraduate degree in finance from Georgetown University and her MBA from Saint Louis University. After graduating from the Cook School, Beth-Anne started her career in higher education as the first employee—and ultimately assistant director—of the Center for Sustainability.  In 2013 she moved to SLU’s office of advancement as director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, where she was responsible for raising funds for all schools, colleges, and centers campus wide. Beth-Anne also served on the team that helped secure the $3 million gift from Emerson that established the Emerson Leadership Institute. 

“Leading the Emerson Leadership Institute is a thrilling opportunity, made even more exciting because I earned my graduate business degree from the John Cook School of Business and began my professional career in academe here as well,” said Yakubu. “Saint Louis University’s influence as a global research institution, grounded in the Jesuit tradition, uniquely positions and differentiates us to deliver instruction on ethical leadership and decision-making.” 

Prior to joining Saint Louis University, Beth-Anne spent nearly two decades in the private sector as a financial services and human resources professional in the Washington DC area, where she discovered and honed her talent for building business relationships. A native of St. Louis, she cherishes the opportunity to do the same in her hometown.

“It is exciting to envision the Emerson Leadership Institute’s future and the impact that we will have not only on the St. Louis business community but also on business leaders nationally and internationally,” said Yakubu.

Beth-Anne succeeds Timothy Keane, Ph.D., the former director of the Emerson Ethics Center and founding director of the Emerson Leadership Institute who now serves as the founding academic dean of Regis University’s new College of Business and Economics.


About Saint Louis University

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Founded in 1818, the University fosters the intellectual and character development of nearly 13,000 students on two campuses in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madrid, Spain. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good. To learn more, visit: www.slu.edu.

About the John Cook School of Business

Founded in 1910 with Father Joseph Davis’ vision to create a flourishing school of finance and commerce, the John Cook School of Business is the oldest business school west of the Mississippi River. Rooted in a rich history of values-based business education, for the past century Saint Louis University’s business school has continuously sought to define business education.  

Accredited by AACSB International the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University is home to top-20 programs in entrepreneurship, international business and supply chain management. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Cook School one of the top-100 business schools in the country. To learn more, visit business.slu.edu



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