Lipman-Blumen Announces Retirement at End of the Year


When Jean Lipman-Blumen first reached CGU, Peter Drucker and Joseph Maciariello were among her colleagues and the Drucker School of Management was still being an aspiration.

For more than three decades, Lipman-Blumen is a scholarly force on campus. She has chose to retire after 2021-although she assures many that she will stay actively associated with the Drucker School.

Drucker School Dean Jenny Darroch recently broke the news towards the campus and also the Drucker alumni community within the following message:

Dear CGU Community,

For a long time Jean Lipman-Blumen has earned countless accolades on her work, especially around the nature of toxic leadership (wisely cited by a New York Times Op-ed writer inside a recent article) and connective leadership (that she received the International Leadership Association's Lifetime Achievement Award), and our Drucker School is grateful for that. Whenever the sunshine of recognition has shone on her, our school has benefited from the glow.

I write today with the news that after this season, Dec. 31, Jean has decided to retire after more than 35 years in the school and also to proceed to new adventures.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jean like a colleague and as a buddy, and her contributions towards the Drucker School – and also to the world of executive leadership – almost defy description. She arrived here in 1983 and carved out a distinctive niche with her books along with other scholarly articles, her teaching and consulting work, her public service, the co-founding from the Connective Leadership Institute, and other ventures.

I may go on about Jean’s credentials, however i know she won’t want that. Suffice to say, even though her retirement is still almost a year away, I want to alert everyone now. Time has a way of sneaking by, which provides you with enough time to see her and celebrate her.

We will send out more details about a reception in Jean's honor in the fall. Until then, I hope you will join me in congratulating Jean on her behalf forthcoming retirement and expressing heartfelt thanks for her incredible service and dedication to our school.


Jenny Darroch
Henry Y. Hwang Dean, Drucker School of Management

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