Engagement, Innovation, and Impact

Driving Forces Behind the College of Business

Advisory Council Dean's Ambassadors

Visit SAU

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Discover St. Ambrose University through one of our College of Business Visit Days! In conjunction with your Mini On Campus Visit with the Admissions Office, you will join faculty and current business majors who want to share with you what makes studying business at SAU so rewarding and inspiring.

Business Clubs

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Gain professional and real world experience – and plenty of socializing! – through joining a student club. SAU offers dozens of clubs, and the College of Business has some of the most active at the University.

See all Clubs and Organizations

Welcome from the Dean

Maritza I. Espina, PhD

Empowering all people to create better versions of themselves is at the core of everything we do here at the Patricia VanBruwaene College of Business (COB). We believe that diversity in people and ideas enhances the educational experience in every business academic program. Our focus on the greater good serves as a catalyst for the transformation of students into ethical business professionals who have a positive impact on their organizations and society.

Moving the COB to the recently expanded state-of-the-art McMullen Hall has strengthened our academic programs and the learning experience for our students. The Professional Development Center supports the community's working professionals with cutting-edge training programs. The COB Sales Center, affiliated to the University Sales Center Alliance, advances the selling profession through curriculum development and experiential learning. We offer a distinctive education anchored in strong engagement with our alumni and the business community as well as innovative programs for our students. Our faculty includes outstanding scholars from some of the finest Ph.D. programs in the country and lecturers who have lived our ethical values as leaders in top corporations.

I invite you to explore our page and visit us in person or virtually to learn more about our College of Business, the Ambrose experience, and meet our faculty and students.

Mensaje de Beinvenida de la Decana

Maritza I. Espina, PhD

En la Facultad de Negocios, nuestra misión es empoderar a todas las personas para que alcancen su mayor potencial. Creemos que la diversidad en gente y en ideas es lo que enriquece la experiencia educativa en los programas académicos de negocios. Nuestro enfoque en el bien mayor sirve como catalizador para la transformación de estudiantes en profesionales éticos que tienen un impacto positivo en su organización y en la sociedad.

La inauguración del recién expandido y remodelado McMullen Hall, hogar de la Patricia VanBruwaene Facultad de Negocios, ha fortalecido nuestros programas académicos y la experiencia de aprendizaje para nuestros estudiantes. Asimismo, el Centro de Desarrollo Profesional apoya a los profesionales de nuestra comunidad con capacitaciones y programas vanguardistas. De igual manera, el programa subgraduado en Ventas ha sido reconocido por la University Sales Center Alliance, por su avanzado currículo y el uso de aprendizaje experiencial. Ofrecemos una educación de calidad centrada en un fuerte vínculo con nuestros ex alumnos y la comunidad empresarial. Nuestro profesorado incluye destacados académicos provenientes de los mejores programas doctorales en el país y conferenciantes que se han distinguido como líderes éticos en las principales empresas de la región.

Te invito a explorar nuestra página y a que nos visites en persona o de manera virtual para que conozcas la Facultad de Negocios, la experiencia Ambrose, y a nuestros profesores y alumnos.

Look Inside
McMullen Hall

Take a look around our newest addition to campus and the new home for the College of Business!

Read what this renovation means for the future of the College of Business

Driving Forces of the College of Business


To empower all people to become better versions of themselves, the Patricia VanBruwaene College of Business 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
College of Business Visit Days

In conjunction with our general Admissions Office Visit Days, the College of Business invites prospective SAU students to learn about business majors and opportunities.

Students and families receive a tour of McMullen Hall and also hear from a panel of current business students.

Visit Days are posted on the SAU calendar as well as on the COB home page.

Ambassadors to the Dean

Are you a College of Business student? Are you interested in networking and professional growth? Do you desire to do more for the college?

Consider becoming an Ambassador to the Dean! We're looking for enthusiastic and driven students that have a sense of pride in the College of Business and a genuine interest in bettering the student experience!

This prestigious position allows students the opportunity to act as advisors to the College of Business Dean, represent the needs of business students, and act as a voice for them. They will also provide guidance to the Dean on matters relating to business education and seek to improve the educational experience and sense of community within the COB. At the same time, the Dean's Ambassadors are expected to leave with a better understanding of the COB's role in campus life and the Quad Cities community, while prioritizing and emphasizing our mission of business for the greater good. Lastly, the Dean's Ambassadors will also promote the COB and its student organizations to internal and external constituents.

Why be a COB Dean's ambassador?

  • Gain management and leadership experience
  • Impact your fellow students and shape the future of the COB
  • Regular discussions and listening sessions with Dr. Maritza Espina
  • Network and connect with students, alumni, and faculty
  • Work on important College priorities, including DEI initiatives, strategic planning, admissions, and recruitment
  • Training on development and advancement strategies
  • Help with COB marketing and branding campaigns
  • Invitations to participate in COB events and special projects

Attend at least one meeting and one event per semester
One year appointment

Students can either self-nominate or be nominated by college staff, faculty, or students by using this online form.


Read about some of the many ways College of Business faculty, staff, and students impact the greater SAU community:

Annual College of Business Awards

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Courses Now Offered Online

A Message from the President: Adapting to the Changing Pace of Business, Scene Magazine, Fall 2018

Iowa's First Sales Program is at St. Ambrose University

Business for the Greater Good: A Better Way of Doing and Teaching Business

Accounting Students East Tax Stress for Neighbors in Need
Upperclass Accounting majors prepare tax returns through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program for persons with low to moderate income.

Student Clubs (Business)

Accounting Club
Members pursue career goals through networking, service, and social activities with other accounting students, as well as local professionals.

Local chapter of an international organization focused on entrepreneurship.

Marketing Club
St. Ambrose is home to the largest American Marketing Association chapter in Iowa.

Finance Club

Sales Club
Provides students opportunities to gain real world sales experience and networking skills in a collaborative and welcoming environment that extends beyond the classroom.


Maritza Espina, PhD, Dean

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

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? Click on the visit button below to learn more about our virtual and in-person visit options.