Fr. Kevin Spiess is retiring as a full time Professor at the end of the fall 2014 semester. He has been a dedicated College of Business faculty member for the last 42 years and has taught more than 5,000 students. Fr. Spiess began teaching in the College of Business in 1979. He has also taught in the Education and Religious Studies departments at Lewis University. He has earned his undergraduate degree from Lewis University, as well as many advanced graduate degrees, including a doctorate degree from Harvard University.
Additionally, Fr. Spiess has a plethora of professional, pastoral, and higher education experiences. Fr. Spiess worked at various colleges and universities over the years, including Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame. He has earned numerous honors and awards.
Furthermore, Fr. Spiess served as Lewis University’s Dean of the College of Business from 1979-1984. During his tenure as Dean: Marketing, Management Information Systems, and Management majors were added to the College; the MBA Program greatly expanded; as well as increased undergraduate enrollment. In addition, Fr. Spiess established the Graduate School of Management with campus sites in Oak Brook, Schaumburg, and Naperville. Currently, he is the Director of the Master of Science in Management Program and the Director of the Master of Science in Project Management.
In addition, Mr. James Denny, a noted philanthropist established $100,000 endowment in Fr. Spiess’ name, which will be used to provide an annual lecture in ethics, morals, and management. During Ethics Week, a national speaker will be brought in to discuss the important roles of business ethics. Fr. Spiess advocates for business ethics.
Some former students of Fr. Spiess include distinguished Lewis University administrators: Luigi Amendola, Associate Vice President for University Advancement; Joseph Falese, Senior Vice President for Student Services and Special Assistant to the President for Alumni Development; and Michael Progress, Assistant Dean, College of Business; as well as presidents and officers in other organizations and businesses. Fr. Spiess also served as President of national organizations, as well as, the Chief Operating Officer of the Archdiocese of Chicago Administrative Offices.
Mr. Amendola said Fr. Spiess required students to be metacognitive. Mr. Falese stated, “Fr. Spiess is a top-notch educator. He was always very innovative and ahead of his time.” Lastly, Mr. Progress appreciates that Fr. Spiess requires students to connect with business professionals, which illustrates the importance of networking.
Fr. Spiess will be greatly missed. However, Fr. Spiess will continue occasionally as an adjunct professor teaching courses and seminars. Thank you, Fr. Spiess, for your dedication and commitment to Lewis University and the College of Business.