Peter Lorenzi

Sellinger School of Business and Management

Loyola University Maryland


Peter Lorenzi is professor of management at Loyola University Maryland. Lorenzi earned his B.S. in Administrative Science (1973) and his M.B.A. (1975) from Binghamton University and his Ph.D. in 1978 from the Pennsylvania State University. A leadership researcher and educator, he earned teaching honors at Kansas, Marquette, and Wyoming for innovative teaching, classroom effectiveness, student learning, and contributions to a quality education. He co-authored Management: Quality and Competitiveness (McGraw-Hill, 1994, 1997) and The New Leadership Paradigm (Sage, 1992), authored a guide for prospective business undergraduates (B-School Confidential), and edited Experiential Organizational Behavior (Macmillan, 1981).


At Loyola since 1995, he teaches courses in management, social entrepreneurship, sustainable development and leadership. His research focuses on public policy, values, and social impact and innovation. A proponent of microfinance as an anti-poverty tool, he has funded more than 575 Kiva loans. He has authored and presented more than one hundred conference papers, essays, journal articles, columns and other academic presentations. He has lectured in England, India, Malaysia, Russia, China, and Chile. As a Fulbright specialist, he assisted in the development of a new business school in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine.  In 2015, he was recommended for a chair in social entrepreneurship at the University of Vienna. Lorenzi has taught in management development programs and has lectured on leadership, management, and global competitiveness across the United States and in Europe, South America, and Asia, from Jonkoping to Goa, from Krasnayorsk to Newcastle, from Moscow to Santiago, and from Beijing to Kuala Lumpur. Clients have included Rockwell International, AEGON, General Motors PEL, Coca-Cola, the USAID and Malaysia's Sunwei Group.


From 1995 to 2001, Lorenzi served as dean of Loyola's Sellinger School of Business and Management. The Sellinger School enrolled about 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, with full-time, residential undergraduate programs and extensive evening and executive graduate business programs. From 1996 to 2001, he managed the Loyola MBA program in Santiago, Chile that evolved to the MBA program of the new Jesuit university, Universidad Alberto Hurtado. Under his leadership, US News & World Report for the first time ranked the Sellinger PMBA program among the nation's top twenty-five part-time programs and he raised more than two thirds of the business school’s endowment.


In 1998, Loyola opened a graduate and executive campus in Timonium. In 2000, Sellinger faculty and undergraduates moved into the first dedicated business school building on the Evergreen campus. A third Sellinger graduate facility opened in Columbia (Maryland) in 2001. Lorenzi served as dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Arkansas from 1992 to 1995, where he also developed and led a USAID program in Moscow. He led a successful reaffirmation of accreditation effort, increased enrollments, expanded global programs and the number of foreign students, and championed information technology. From 1987 to 1990, he was associate dean and associate professor of management at Marquette University, when the business school had consecutive record freshmen business enrollments. He established the business honors program and initiated business study abroad and a community service learning programs. From 1978 to 1986, Lorenzi was a University of Kansas business professor where he also directed the undergraduate business program. He had visiting appointments at the universities of Wyoming (1982-83) and North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1986).