St. Thomas University (STU) has launched the Institute for Ethical Leadership, the first of its kind in Florida.

Part of the Gus Machado School of Business, the Institute will offer three new degree programs—a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in Ethical Leadership—that will be available in Spring 2020.  

In addition, the institute will engage local business leaders, corporate partners and community organizations in joint programming, conduct project-based research surrounding ethics and leadership, offer study-abroad programs, targeted internships and job shadowing programs for students, develop industry-specific certificates, and host leadership lectures.

The institute will leverage STU’s faith-based identity and incorporate these values into a curriculum. STU, located in Miami Gardens, is the only Catholic Archdiocesan-sponsored university in Florida.

“Ethics and leadership are at the core of what St. Thomas University is,” said David A. Armstrong, president at St. Thomas University. “Unique to our university, this program seeks to develop leaders who understand what it means to be a servant leader, and are a force for good in our community, region, and nation.”

The Institute is headed by Tony Andenoro, who will serve as the executive director and Don Slesnick, who will serve as director of community & partner relations.

Andenoro brings more than two decades of experience in leadership education and development to the role, most recently at the University of Florida.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Toledo, a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in Leadership Development from Texas A&M University.

Slesnick, a former mayor of Coral Gables, will work to create community connections and corporate partnerships. He currently serves as the managing partner for the law firm, Slesnick & Casey.  He has also held management positions with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Miami-Dade County Police Department. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Florida International University, and a juris doctorate degree from the University of Florida.

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