Sellinger school profile with text, "Loyola Business Institute"

Courses in the Loyola Business Institute are taught by a team of Loyola’s full-time faculty.  Each member of the team not only has years of proven success as a teacher, but also a distinguished record of scholarship and engagement with the business community.  As a result, students in the Loyola Business Institute are provided an exceptional educational experience that incorporates the latest information and best practices necessary for career success in any major.

Lisa Fairchild, Ph.D.
LBI Academic Director

Lisa Fairchild, Ph.D., is a professor of finance in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S. J., School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland and the Academic Director of the Loyola Business Institute.  She earned her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of South Carolina. Lisa teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of portfolio management, equity securities, fixed income securities, financial markets, and corporate finance.  Her primary areas of research interest are the regulation of financial markets, credit risk, and tax-exempt securities. Dr. Fairchild will oversee the Loyola Business Institute’s integrated curriculum and team teaching approach of the two courses offered in this immersion and also manage the co-curricular activities and business simulation built into the academic schedule.

Gerard Athiade, Ph.D.

Gerald AthlaideGerard A. Athaide is professor and chair of the department of marketing in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland. He earned his Ph.D. and MBA from Syracuse University. His teaching, research, and consulting interests focus on innovation management and new product development. Gerard has taught courses on Innovation Management and New Product Development in the undergraduate, graduate, and Executive MBA programs at Loyola University; he has also taught these courses in Chile, India, and New Zealand. In addition, he leads graduate students on an International Marketing study tour of Chile. He has published several articles on innovation with a focus on the commercialization of technology-based innovations and the determinants of effective brand names for new products.

Nan Ellis, J.D.

Nan EllisNan S. Ellis is a professor of law and social responsibility in the Joseph A. Sellinger, S.J., School of Business and Management. She earned her law degree from The Ohio State University. Her research interests concern law and public policy issues, with a focus on financial regulation and policy.   Her current teaching interests are in the areas of ethics and corporate social responsibility, and business law. Working with Marketing Professor Dr. Gerard Athaide, every year she takes graduate students enrolled in her International Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility class to Chile, where they visit such companies as Samsung, Codelco and ACHS, along with the non-profit agency, Hogar de Cristo.

Mark Johnson, Ph.D.

Mark JohnsonMark Johnson, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of finance whose research areas include financial markets, financial institutions, financial literacy, investments, and behavioral finance.   He earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of New Orleans. Dr. Johnson currently teaches all levels of undergraduate and graduate finance courses and is a frequent contributor of his expertise to current events in the news media. Most recently, Dr. Johnson helped explain stock market volatility relative to China’s economy, and how the lottery game, Mega Millions, has recently changed and why there was a surge in large jackpots. Dr. Johnson’s ability to clearly explain the complexities of finance will help LBI participants build a good foundation to the financial underpinnings of today’s business organizations.