Business Leadership Awards

The College of Business Administration recognizes exemplary individuals who demonstrate professional success, outstanding contributions to society, and embodiment of Jesuit & Mercy values, with Business Leadership Awards.  The two categories of awards are Lifetime Achievement and Rising Stars. Lifetime Achievement recipients are inducted into the College's Hall of Honor.

On Sunday, November 22, 2015 the College presented the following Business Leadership Awards at the Detroit Golf Club, in a ceremony sponsored by Absopure Water.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Fr. E. William Beauchamp, CSC

Fr. E. William Beauchamp, CSC '64, '66

Prior to becoming a Holy Cross priest, Rev. E. William Beauchamp, C.S.C. earned a B.S. in accounting in 1964 and an MBA in 1966, both from the University of Detroit. From 1967 to 1972, he taught accounting and served as associate director of admissions at Alma College. He earned a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1975, and practiced law until 1977, when he entered Moreau Seminary. He earned a Master’s of Divinity in 1981 from Notre Dame, and was ordained a priest in 1982.

Fr. Beauchamp served as executive assistant to Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C. and Rev. Edmund Joyce, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president and executive vice president, respectively. He then served as the Executive Vice President of the University of Notre Dame from 1987 to 2000. In that capacity, he was the chief financial officer and oversaw athletics.

Fr. Beauchamp arrived at the University of Portland in 2002 as Senior Vice President—the first in that University’s history. In that position he oversaw legal matters, fundraising, athletics, public relations, alumni relations, events, and strategic planning. He was named the 19th President of the University of Portland in November 2003, began his tenure in January of 2004, and served in that capacity until June 30, 2014. While President, he also served as a professor in the School of Business Administration.

Fr. Beauchamp is currently the Assistant Provincial and Steward of the United States Province for the Congregation of the Holy Cross. He also serves as a trustee of the University of Notre Dame, Stonehill College, and the University of Notre Dame Australia, and serves on the boards of directors of USA Funds and Holy Cross Family Ministries. In the past, he has served on the boards of the Lumina Foundation, 1st Source Bank, Air University, Macdonald Center, LaSalle High School, and Catholic Charities of Portland, as well as the Logan Center, United Way, and Alcohol Treatment Centers in South Bend.

In 2007 he received the Champion of Education Award from the Fulcrum Foundation for his contribution to Catholic education, and in 2014 received the Achievement Award from the Volunteers of America in Oregon.

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George Barnes

George P. Barnes, Jr.

George P. Barnes, Jr. is the founder of Heritage Optical Center, Inc. and Heritage Vision Plans, Inc. After graduating from Eastern High School, George entered an Opticianry Program and furthered his studies in Opticianry while serving in the U.S. Army. After receiving an honorable discharge and completing his professional education, he began an 18-month internship at Metropolitan Hospital in the City of Detroit. Upon conclusion of his internship, Mr. Barnes stayed on as a staff optician at Metropolitan Hospital until 1975. In 1975, George opened his first Heritage Optical Center in Detroit and became Michigan’s first African-American to own and operate a full service optical dispensary.

George Barnes is known as a man of considerable ability as well as a talented entrepreneur who has contributed much to the community. His many affiliations include serving as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and Chairman of its Healthcare Sector. He is a Lifetime Member of the Detroit NAACP and serves on both the Detroit NAACP Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. He has served for a number of years on the UDM College of Business Administration’s Board of Advisors, and recently established a scholarship to benefit African-American business students at UDM. Also a supporter of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Mr. Barnes has received numerous awards, honors and commendations for his dedication and contributions to the viability of the City of Detroit.

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Rising Star Award

Cassandra Moran, '08

Cassandra Moran, '08

Cassie Moran earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Detroit Mercy in 2008 with a major in Accounting. Currently, she serves on the College’s Alumni Board as Vice President and Community Outreach Chair. Cassie has eight years of experience as a professional accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and serves as an Assurance Manager assigned to teams that provide audit services to large, publicly-held companies primarily in the automotive and financial services industries. Cassie has been responsible for leading various aspects of the audits at Ford Motor Company and Ford Motor Credit, including serving as the manager for the North American segment of the audit.

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Mike Ilitch III, '13

Michael Ilitch III '13

Mike Ilitch III is currently a Franchise Licensing Advisor at Little Caesar Enterprises in downtown Detroit. After graduating from the Cranbrook Kingswood School, Mike majored in business management with a specialization in entrepreneurship at Michigan State University. He worked as a realtor in metropolitan Detroit with Max Broock Realty for several years, and later earned an MBA from the College of Business Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy, with highlights including two international experiences. Mike has actively served on multiple boards, including the Alumni Board of the UDM College of Business Administration.

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