New Saints president will teach in Alumni College
Loyola press release - May 29, 2012
Loyola University New Orleans College of Business alumnus Dennis Lauscha, M.B.A. ’93, the newly promoted president of the New Orleans Saints, will return to campus to teach a course on the business of professional football at the inaugural Alumni College, which will be held June 22-24. “The New Orleans Saints: The Business of Football” is one of many courses that will be taught by Loyola’s outstanding current and retired faculty and alumni, and will be grouped into tracks that will help identify topics of particular interest.
There will be four tracks, six sessions per track, and a joint session on Sunday, taught by University President Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.
All alumni are encouraged to attend. Registration is available for $275 per person for the entire weekend or $150 per person to attend Saturday events only. Registration for young alumni (Classes 2001-12) is $175 per person for the entire weekend or $95 per person for Saturday only. The cost includes session fees, meals (excluding dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant) and parking.
Lauscha, who was promoted recently by team owner Tom Benson, H’87, previously served as an executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will take a more extensive role within the Saints organization and is expected to have a similar role with Benson’s new team, the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.
A New Orleans native and graduate of Jesuit High School, Lauscha joined the Saints as treasurer in 1998 and has been steadily moving up through the organization ever since. As team president, he will maintain his role on the Saints' board of directors and will continue to oversee the financial operations of the team. In addition, he will take on the responsibility of overseeing the club’s marketing, ticket operations, legal department and community affairs.
According to a report by The Times-Picayune, Lauscha played a key role in acquiring the Hornets, as well as brokering the Saints’ recent long-term lease agreement with the state of Louisiana, which will keep the team in New Orleans through 2025. In addition to playing a key part in bringing Super Bowl XLVII to New Orleans next year, Lauscha was also responsible for expanding Benson’s media presence by purchasing WVUE-TV and Horizon Entertainment, a film production company.
“He was a youngster when he came here, and I had to watch him close,” Benson told The Times-Picayune. “He’s come a long way, I can tell you. He’s sure been a great asset to our company. And he’s involved with everything. One thing with Dennis, you never ask him to work on a project and he turns it down. He’s involved in everything, isn’t he?”
College of Business Dean William Locander, Ph.D., says despite his busy schedule, Lauscha has still found time and energy to contribute back to Loyola.
“Dennis has been a loyal Loyola supporter for many years. He has done everything from hire our College of Business students as interns and full-time employees to serving as chair of our visiting committee,” Locander said. “We are proud to have him as a graduate of our MBA program, a friend of the university and, we congratulate him on his success.”
Lauscha was also profiled in the spring 2011 edition of Loyola Executive Magazine. For more information, contact Matt Lambert in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448 or firstname.lastname@example.org.