Our Founder

Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Spitzer Center. A scholar, teacher, author, and seasoned leader, Dr. Spitzer has a wide range of expertise, including philosophy, management science, finance, ethics, and physics.

His work on the principles of successful leadership, derived from extensive research on four continents, forms the basis of his book The Spirit of Leadership: Optimizing Creativity and Change in Organizations (New York: Financial Times/Prentice Hall, 2003).

A much sought-after speaker, Spitzer averages more than 100 presentations per year to corporate, academic, scientific, religious, and governmental audiences. He has addressed senior leaders at the Pentagon, Tony Blair’s Cabinet in London, and leaders of both sides of the Northern Ireland conflict.

Formerly the president of Gonzaga University for 11 years, Spitzer significantly increased the programs and curricula in faith, ethics, service, and leadership. He led the efforts to build 20 new facilities, increased the student population by 75%, and raised more than $200 million for scholarships and capital projects.

Before moving to Gonzaga, Spitzer was affiliated with the University of Seattle, where he was a trustee and the founder of both the Institute of Professional Ethics and the Institute on Character Development. His many media appearances include: Larry King Live, the Today Show and the History Channel.

In addition to the Spitzer Center in Ann Arbor, MI (www.spitzercenter.org), Spitzer has also founded:

Ethics and Performance Institute in Coeur d’Alene, ID (www.learnepi.com). Colleagues in Jesuit Business Education (www.cjbe.org). Philosophical Foundations of Physics at Georgetown University.