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Jeff Thies, D. Min. - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Jeff Thies, D. Min.

Clinical Associate Professor of Management, College of Business Administration | Loyola Marymount University


Director, Institute for Business Ethics and Sustainability


You can contact Jeff Thies at jthies@lmu.edu.

Jeff Thies is a clinical associate professor of management in the College of Business Administration. He has held executive management positions in the direct mail marketing and healthcare industries, developing leadership formation and professional development programming for the organizations.

Prior to joining LMU full-time, Jeff worked in the area of applied ethics as a mission integration executive, most recently serving as vice president of the Leadership Institute for St. Joseph Health in Irvine, Calif. In that role, he oversaw system initiatives which focused on individual and organizational values formation as well as training in clinical and organizational ethics. Additionally, Jeff oversaw governance development programs and was executive staff to the Board of Trustees and the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Trustees.

Past leadership positions include board chair of the Ministry Leadership Center (providing leadership formation for senior executives of six west coast health systems); a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the Catholic Health Association; vice chair of the Board of Trustees, Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association (now Idealliance), board member, St. Joseph Hospital, and chair of the Loyola Institute for Spirituality.

Jeff holds B.A., M.A. and M.Div. degrees from St. John’s College in Camarillo, Calif. and a D.Min. from the Claremont School of Theology with an emphasis on Mexican immigrant culture and religious practices.

Education (5)

Claremont School of Theology: D.Min., Ministry 1991

St. John’s Graduate School of Theology: MA, Theology 1984

St. John’s Graduate School of Theology: M.Div., Theology 1983

St. John’s College: BA, Theology 1977

University of Missouri, Kansas City: Professional Direct Marketer, Direct Marketing 2001


Areas of Expertise (5)

Business Ethics

Applied Ethics

Leadership Formation

Workplace Spirituality


Industry Expertise (2)

Direct Marketing

Health Care - Providers

Accomplishments (3)

Values in Action Award: Dignity, St. Joseph Health System (professional)


Luke Kaiser Award, Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association (professional)


President’s Award, Claremont School of Theology (professional)


Articles (5)

Cultural Competence: An Ongoing Quest

Health Progress, Catholic Health Association (2010)


Rebuilding Stakeholder Trust in Business: An Examination of Principle-Centered Leadership and Organizational Transparency in Corporate Governance

Business and Society Review (2008)


Ethical Reflection and Decision Making

Business Ethics: Perspectives on Corporate Responsibility, Houghton Mifflin (2005)


Contrasting the Vision and Reality: A Process for Ethical Reflection and Decision Making

Rights, Relationships & Responsibilities (2003)


Mexican Catholicism in Southern California: The Importance of Popular Religiosity and Sacramental Practice in Faith Experience

Peter Lang Publishing (2003)