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Welcome from the Rubel School Dean

Greetings and welcome to the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine!

Diane Bruce

As the new dean of the Rubel School, I welcome your interest in our programs. I hope you’ll explore our website and learn more about our programs, our faculty and the opportunities possible here. 
The Rubel School offers a comprehensive business program that provides a strong foundation in the fundamentals of business, ethics and real-world skills, while also allowing for specialized study in accounting, business administration, economics, finance and marketing. This program is complemented by the university’s core curriculum, which ensures that students develop the critical-thinking, communication and problem-solving skills that are valuable in any career. 

The Rubel School has a reputation for academic excellence. The faculty are experts in their fields, and many have extensive industry experience, but they are also dedicated teachers. The Rubel School is accredited by the world’s foremost authority on business education quality—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Fewer than 5% of all business schools have earned this elite accreditation.

Bellarmine is committed to providing individualized attention to each student. You will get to know your faculty and classmates, and they’ll get to know you. This will give you access to personalized advising and mentoring as well as a community that will help you achieve your goals—while you’re here at Bellarmine and during your career. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in various organizations and in community service, allowing you to grow personally and professionally. 

Beyond the classroom, Bellarmine takes advantage of its location in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville is a vibrant city with a strong business community and thriving startup scene, one that highly values Bellarmine students and alumni. Students and faculty engage with the community and local businesses in their classes, extending their learning with real-world applications. Business students have access to a range of internships and job opportunities, as well as networking events and other professional-development activities. Rubel alumni are active and involved as leaders in their fields and in the community, a testament to Bellarmine’s education of the whole person. 

If you are seeking a personalized, high-quality business education in a place where you will be valued and mentored by faculty and staff who care about your growth and development through your academic career and beyond, the Rubel School may be a good fit. 
To learn more, I encourage you to visit the campus, meet with faculty and students, and see for yourself what makes Bellarmine so special. 

Warm regards, 

Diane Bruce, Ph.D. 
Dean, Rubel School of Business

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The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Not only is Bellarmine the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation, but fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

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Executive Education

PODCAST: Episode 15

Bellarmine on Business Podcast

Episode 15: In today’s episode, host Jim Ray interviews Dr. OJ Oleka, Chair of the Executive Board of our Rubel School of Business.  He’s also the President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities.  They discuss is important topics for the Rubel School of Business.

Meet Dr. OJ Oleka

OJ begins by explaining his parents’ background.  They were born into poverty in Nigeria.  His father received an education and eventually moved the family to the US.  His father earned a PhD and his mother earned her Master’s degree.  They settled in Kentucky and raised three children.  OJ credits education and the ability to build a future in the US that resulted in his family’s achievements.  

OJ began his career teaching low-income students as part of Teach for America.  He believes in two facts.  First, every kid can learn – regardless of background or neighborhood.  Second, if you provide adults in those same communities with good jobs and careers, you can effectively end poverty.


The Importance of Having a Big Goal

The Spring 2020 edition of the Bellarmine Magazine included an interview with OJ.  In the article, he explains why he believes in the importance of a big goal.  His involves ending generational poverty.

OJ explains that by having a big goal, he and others can begin to plan the steps necessary to achieve it.  His parents’ personal example instilled a realization and understanding of the power of a solid education.  He views it as the key to actually ending generational poverty in our community, state and beyond.

A Question of Access

The structure in a person’s life is an important factor in their success, both personal and financial.  OJ recalls an important question:  “What do you have access to?”  He goes on to relate the understanding “What kids see is what they’ll be.”  This statement describes how an individual is shaped by the environment, the structure (of lack thereof) around him or her. 

We have a responsibility to create an environment for those around us, especially kids, to enable them to have access to opportunities.  This is reflected in social capital.  The power of the network around a young person.  For instance, in high school, it could be the guidance counselor who impacts the social capital of many students in his/her school.  They often open up paths to success.

The Rubel School of Business has an opportunity to help students, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to gain access to a welcoming environment for learning and to impart the positive effects of social capital and a strong business education (for both undergraduates and MBAs). 

The Perception of Affordability

OJ discusses the impact of awareness in terms of the numerous, financial resources that are actually available to students.  Affordability is a reason students often chose not to enroll in a 4-year institution.  They incorrectly perceive that it must be too expensive.  This false assumption becomes a self-imposed barrier.

As President of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU), OJ battles the affordability issue on a regular basis.  He states there’s a common misconception about a student’s financial background, if he/she attends a private university.  However, he explains that 40% of the students an AIKCU school come from low-income backgrounds.  It’s the same percentage as those attending public universities in Kentucky.  OJ goes on to explain that 2 out of 5 students are Pell Grant eligible. 

Interestingly, OJ notes that low-income students tend to do better in private institutions, compared to community colleges and public universities.  Bellarmine and the Rubel School of Business is a terrific option for students who are focused on a pathway to success.

What is the Role of the Executive Board Chair?

Namely, it’s to work with the dean (Dr. Natasha Munshi) and the rest of the Board.  He explains that Rubel’s Executive Board is a working Board.  It’s focused on supporting Dr. Munshi’s vision for Rubel and ensuring the business school becomes the best version of itself.

OJ has 3 areas he focuses on in terms of his energy and influence:

  1. Mentoring
  2. Scholarships for Minority Students
  3. Undergraduate and Graduate Enrollment

Bellarmine and Rubel is already recognized for its alumni mentoring program and engagement.  It’s a terrific way to connect students with job opportunities and to help them to navigate the BU system.  It’s an integral part of the Bellarmine experience.  Many students take advantage of it.  OJ comments on how he benefited from the Bellarmine/Rubel culture when his father passed away during OJ’s MBA program.

Diversifying the pipeline of students is an important aspect of the Rubel School of Business’ growth and continued impact.  By developing partnerships with the local organizations, Rubel can better identify the students of color who want to take that important next step.  The Pell Grant and Bellarmine scholarships offer a way for students to access the various opportunities at the Rubel School of Business.

The connections established by Rubel, throughout our community, are extremely helpful in attracting students from a wide array of backgrounds at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

It’s an Investment in the Future

A college degree, and a business degree in particular, is an excellent way to leverage a student’s talents to achieve their “big goals” and to make a positive impact on their families and/or communities.

What Does OJ Want to Leave as Part of His Legacy in this Role?

Actually, OJ comments that there are several areas he hopes to have had an impact on as Chair.  The first is promoting the diversity among Rubel students.  Another legacy would be to enable Rubel to maintain and increase the quality of education and experience for students.  This also relates to the accreditation earned by Rubel, which recognizes the rigor and competitiveness of its business school.  For those motivated students who chose Bellarmine, the can rest assured that this program will enable them to compete effectively in their future careers.

We’d like to thank Dr. OJ Oleka for taking the time to participate in this episode.

We’d also like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a very Happy and Safe New Year!  Until next time, Swords Up and Let’s Go Knights!


The views and opinions expressed during the Bellarmine on Business podcast do not necessarily reflect those of Bellarmine University, its administration or the faculty at large.  The episodes are designed to be insightful, thought-provoking and entertaining.

Want to Listen to Additional Episodes?

You can find additional episodes on the Rubel School of Business Podcast page of the Bellarmine website, various Bellarmine social media pages, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, Libsyn, Podchaser and many other podcast directories.  We encourage you to subscribe to our podcast so you don’t miss an episode.

Interested in Developing a Podcast for Your Business or Organization?

This podcast was produced by Jim Ray Consulting Services.  Jim Ray, host of the Bellarmine on Business podcast, can help you with the concept development, implementation, production and distribution of your own podcast.  For more information, visit:

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RSB Strategic Plan


Providing inclusive, student-centered business education in the Catholic, liberal arts tradition that educates the whole person and leads to impactful careers.


Vision: to be a hub for transformative business education.


Academic excellence
Promoting critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and innovation —with an expectation of excellence.

Fostering strong ethical principles, honesty, fairness, transparency, trustworthiness, with respect and compassion for the intrinsic value and dignity of every individual.[MM1]

Engagement, impact, and social responsibility
Cultivating business leaders who advocate for the public good, environmental sustainability, global understanding, and informed civic engagement. RSB Strategic Priorities:

Strategic Priorities

SP1 — Deliver mission-aligned, innovative curricular and co-curricular offerings that make us distinctive in how we serve existing and future student populations and maximizes our commitment to equity and inclusion.

SP2 — Provide support for scholarship for faculty as well as ongoing professional development, coaching and mentoring for faculty and staff, so they can continue to deliver on our mission in the most effective manner.

SP3 — Engage, deeply and broadly, with alumni and community partners through faculty scholarship and external outreach to ensure the relevance and standing of the Rubel School of Business, and help our students find meaningful career opportunities.

“One of nation’s best business schools" — The Princeton Review

Bellarmine offers our business students a unique educational experience: a broad-based liberal arts education supplemented by top-notch business preparation. This difference is viewed quite favorably by employers, who say they like our graduates because of their writing and critical thinking skills.

The School of Business also is noted for rapidly incorporating innovations and business trends into the curriculum. For example, many employers today are encouraging their workers to earn MBA degrees; therefore, Bellarmine has introduced several programs that take entering freshmen to their MBA degrees in just five (or five and a half) years.

Another important aspect to a business education at Bellarmine is the requirement of an internship and/or an international experience. We require students to have/acquire business experience—this can be accomplished via applied course projects, internships and/or course requirements as well as potential volunteer business projects too. This guarantees that you will gain practical experience while still a student, which makes you much more "marketable" upon your graduation.

The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University is accredited by the AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Not only is Bellarmine the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation, but fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.

Additional Accolades

  • One of the Best and Most Beautiful B-School Campuses by
  • Recognized as a CFA Institute Affiliated University

CFA Institute Affiliated University 


Bellarmine on Business Podcasts

Each monthly episode will feature lively discussions with faculty and/or alumni. See all Podcasts here.

Spalding Endowed International Travel Support Fund

Funds available to support undergraduate students from the Rubel School of Business interested in participating in an international, study abroad experience.  Get more information and apply through the Bellarmine Study Abroad and International Programs Office at or Study Abroad and International Programs.
Funds available beginning in Fall 2022.

Brown Endowed Study Abroad Fund

Funds available to support undergraduate and graduate students from the Rubel School of Business interested in participating in an international, study abroad experience.  Get more information and apply through the Bellarmine Study Abroad and International Programs Office at or Study Abroad and International Programs.
Funds available beginning in Fall 2022.

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Dr. Diane G. Bruce
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Tammy Donoho
Administrative Assistant

Dr.  Jorge A. Pazmiño
Director of Graduate and Executive Education Programs

Israel Cuenca, MBA, MSDM
Events Coordinator & Strategic Marketing 

For general inquiries, contact the W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at 502.272.8240 or