Patricia VanBruwaene College of Business

St. Ambrose University is dedicated to your growth as a student – and as a person.

We share a relentless commitment to what is right, and will challenge and empower you to achieve – and exceed – your goals.

In the College of Business, you'll grow from an aspiring and ambitious student into a fearless leader who, like us, is always focused on the greater good.

College of Business Named After Patricia VanBruwaene '74, '84 MBA

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mcmullen Hall exterior

McMullen Hall

Place for Business

This new home for the Patricia VanBruwaene College of Business features:

  • 16,000-square-feet of new construction
  • A two-story, light-filled atrium
  • Three floors of updated, modern classroom styles that allow collaboration and preparation for the business world
  • Sales Center with breakout rooms
  • Finance Center

Worker Bee
Nathan Funke '15, '16 MAcc

Curious and confident, Nathan is a sales operations analyst for HON Finance Division, HNI Corporation.

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About the Patricia VanBruwaene College of Business

Quick Facts


100% of our full-time College of Business faculty earned doctoral degrees. Many have professional work experience in the fields they teach, and high-quality adjunct instructors bring a wealth of current practice and experience into our classrooms.

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs

We educate approximately 500 students, with more than 100 majoring in Marketing or Management. More than 90 are majors in Accounting. Other majors include Finance, Business Economics, Human Resource Management, and International Business. More than one-third of our students secure internships during their course of studies.

More than 400 College of Business graduate students are in the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL), Master of Accounting (MAcc) or Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs.


Based on a survey of recent graduates conducted by SAU Academic and Career Planning, 48% had jobs in Iowa and 44% in Illinois. Other states include California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, and Texas. Of those who were seeking employment at graduation:

  • 97% were employed
  • 92% were employed full time
  • 85% were employed full-time in their field.

Approximately 75 different organizations employ St. Ambrose University graduates, the most frequent being John Deere and the Rock Island Arsenal. Our recent grads have jobs in the following industries:

  • Financial services, banking or insurance (16%)
  • Manufacturing (25%)
  • Retail (6%)
  • Government or government-related at the Rock Island Arsenal (9%)
  • Professional services (20%)
  • Marketing or sales (9%)
  • Communication (8%)

Our Alums

A 2012 survey of alums from the past 30 years showed:

  • 93% are very satisfied or generally satisfied with their St. Ambrose University business education.
  • 91% agreed or strongly agreed that they were prepared to understand professional concepts related to their major.
  • 99% of our alums have been active as volunteers in the past year.

Arun Pillutla, PhD, Assoc. Dean and Professor

Deb Bennett, Academic Program Specialist
Jayne Knott, Assistant to the Dean
Michele Leonard, Graduate Student Support Specialist

Mission, Vision, and Core Values

To empower all people to become better versions of themselves, the COB focuses on the greater good.

We will be a leading Midwestern college of business, engaging students, faculty and professionals in building the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to lead, manage, and make a positive difference in the world.

Core Values
As part of St. Ambrose University, we value academic excellence, social justice and community service. We also seek to embody the following values as we live out the College of Business mission:

Discovery: Create stimulating learning environments
Individual Attention: Devote care and attention to each individual student
Flexibility: Adapt the environment to suit the needs of students and faculty
Innovation: Try new and creative ways to teach and learn
Empowerment: Enhance students' full potential to lead and manage
Professionalism: Model and develop professional skills
Integrity: Promote professional practices that live out these core values

Our Programs


The College of Business undergraduate majors and graduate programs are all accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Students satisfying degree requirements will earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).

Learn more about our majors and adult accelerated programs:



College of Business
McMullen Hall, 1st floor
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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