College of the Year
In April of 2006, the Institute for Leadership was awarded the “Private University of the Year” award from The Washington Center. This award is granted to recognize the institute’s outstanding contributions in developing ethical and responsible student-leaders.
Director Michael Genovese
Michael Genovese's Research
Michael A. Genovese, Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, was honored with the Fritz B. Burns Teaching Award in 1995. The award recognizes outstanding educators at LMU for combining excellence in the classroom with excellence in the academic community through outstanding research. Genovese has published sixteen books, including "The Presidential Dilemma" (2002, second edition), "The Presidency and the Law" (Kansas, 2002), "The Power of the American Presidency" 1789-2000, (Oxford University Press, 2001), "The Presidency and Domestic Policy" (co-authored by William Lammers, CQ Press, 2000), "The Paradoxes of the American Presidency" (co-authored by Thomas Cronin, Oxford University Press, 2004, Second Edition), "Woman As National Leaders" (Sage, 1996), and "The Presidency and the Constitution" (2005,with Robert Spitzer). In 2004, his Encyclopedia of the American Presidency was honored by the New York Public Library with its “Best in Reference” Award. For 2004-2005, Genovese served as the President of the Presidency Research Group of the American Political Association. He also serves as Associate Editor of the journal, White House Studies. Genovese appears frequently as a political commentator on local and national television and is often quoted in magazines and newspapers.
In 2001, Michael A. Genovese was honored by the University with an Endowed Chair. The Loyola Chair of Leadership Studies was created to assist in the development of student leadership programs and promote research on leadership.
Oxford Univeristy Fellow
In 2006, in recognition of his academic achievements and publications, Michael Genovese was named a Fellow at The Queen's College, Oxford University. The honor is the first of its kind awarded to an LMU faculty member.
Board Chair: Joseph Cari, Jr.
Joseph Cari, Jr. serves as Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Mr. Cari is well-known not only as a philanthropist, but for his extensive career in the business world, expertise in public service, involvement in politics and U.S. Presidential campaigns, and his dedication to education. He earned a B.A. (cum laude) and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame. In addition, he completed a fellowship at the J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard University.
Aside from his position on the advisory board of the Institute for Leadership Studies, Mr. Cari currently serves as Chairman and CEO of International Capital and Trade Global, a merchant bank with offices worldwide. He also serves as chairman of Castellini Partners, a family investment firm. Mr. Cari was appointed by President Clinton to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, where he remains on the advisory board today. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and his work on foreign policy issues has been featured in several major U.S. and international publications.
Associate Director: Janie Steckenrider
Janie Steckenrider is Associate Professor of Political Science at LMU and focuses on the areas of gender politics and political gerontology. Her book Women as Political Leaders with Michael Genovese is forthcoming in March 2013. She is the co-author of New Directions in Old Age Policies (Suny Press) where she highlighted aging as a female phenomenon. Her work has been published in Journal of Women and Politics, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Southwest Journal of Aging and Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Dr. Steckenrider received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and has an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame.