The dynamic team of the late John "Jack" Farley, professor of management from 1978 through 1994, and Jane Kathman, professor of management, carved a memorable niche in academic history at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and etched a lasting impression in the lives of hundreds of graduates as well. his generous, big-hearted spirit.
Together, they created both the department of management and its ground-breaking Organizational Leadership Program (OLP). Launched in 1984, the OLP was a year-long, nontraditional, experiential management program for selected seniors. Revolutionary for its time, OLP combined seminars, classrooms and computer-simulated business organizations. Four classes of 10-15 students each formed companies in a competitive environment. Students assumed roles overseeing all aspects of the business, from the president, to quality control, human resources and marketing. Management professors acted as the company board of directors.
The students gained leadership and decision-making skills as they dealt with the day-to-day challenges of running a business. Farley and Kathman made it as realistic as possible. Students experienced labor negotiations, the creation of product prototypes, and even late-night phone calls to hear that their 'warehouse' was on fire.
By the time the OLP ended in 2001, approximately 40-60 alumnae/i each year had experienced a one-of-a-kind program.
Jack passed away in April 2007. In honor of the team's visionary and transformational leadership, the College of Saint established The Farley Kathman Endowment Fund. Once fully endowed, the fund will award fellowships to students pursuing unpaid international internships and research.