Mentoring at Villanova: Investing in the Journey

Villanovans are on journeys as varied and unique as they are. Our students—undergraduates, graduates and adult learners alike—use their Villanova education to set out onto myriad paths, choosing in very personal ways what igniting change means to them. Our faculty are teachers, scholars and mentors who pursue knowledge and new discoveries, with their students at the center of their work. Meet two more Villanovans who exemplify mentorship at the University:


Standing in front of a wall marked with Villanova College of Professional Studies, Susan Leighton smiles at seated students

Susan Leighton '16
Director of Academic Programs, College of Professional Studies

Leighton’s experiences at Villanova—as both a staff member and a student—have been shaped by the personal attention she’s received along the way. As she was promoted numerous times to roles in the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing and the Provost’s Office, all while advancing her bachelor’s degree studies, professors, colleagues and supervisors provided guidance and support.

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A standing Jeremy Kees wears a dark business suit and a blue and white striped tie as he addresses a classroom of students

Jeremy Kees, PhD
The Richard J. and Barbara Naclerio Endowed Chair in Business and professor of Marketing, Villanova School of Business; Faculty Athletics Representative, Villanova Athletics

Since coming to Villanova 13 years ago, he had envisioned helping Villanova students discover a passion for the quantitative side of marketing. His vision became a reality when he founded the Center for Marketing and Consumer Insights in 2014. Kees and his team partner with VSB students to conduct more than 50 research projects per year.

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