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About the Author

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Director, Center for Catholic Studies
University of Saint Thomas

Michael J. Naughton, PhD, serves as Professor and Director of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Dr. Naughton earned an MBA in Business Management from the University of Saint Thomas in 1995 and a PhD in Theology and Society from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1991. Dr. Naughton was the 2015 recipient of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities' Monika Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life. He serves on the University of Mary Board of Trustees and as chairman of the board for Reell Precision Manufacturing, a for-profit corporation with offices in Minnesota, Holland, and China. Among his many works include assisting in the writing of "Vocation of the Business Leader," published by the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in 2012. Recent publications include Getting Work Right: Labor and Leisure in a Fragmented World and Leading Wisely in Difficult Times: Three Cases of Faith and Business. He and his wife have five children and one grandchild.

Published Pieces

Two business students studying notes

Building Culture and Institutionalizing Mission-Driven Business Education

If we are serious about the Catholic mission and identity of business education, we must evaluate how its commitments are operationalized, especially amongst the teaching faculty.

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Apr 22, 2021
University students studying

The State of Business Education at Catholic Universities

Few Catholic universities integrate a Catholic vision into their business programs, and few theologians have engaged questions of business.

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Apr 15, 2021
A Notebook in an Auditorium

An Integrating Vision of Business Education at Catholic Universities

For a Catholic business school to engage its mission and identity fully, a conviction in the unity of knowledge and the complementarity of faith and reason must play a central role.

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Apr 8, 2021
The University of Toronto and Toronto Skyline

Institutionalizing a Catholic Culture in Professional Schools

The mission drift experienced by so many Catholic professional schools is rarely intentional, and the proper response is to institutionalize mission.

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Dec 22, 2020
A hiker overlooks a cloud-filled valley

Schola et Labora

Dr. Michael J. Naughton and Msgr. James P. Shea discussed the importance of leisure for human flourishing and its relationship with work, as well as Dr. Naughton's book on this subject.

Dr. Michael J. Naughton
Msgr. James P. Shea
Dec 4, 2020