Emeritus Professor of Management and Organizations
UI Interim Vice President for Strategic Communication
Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 1969
MBA, University of Chicago, 1961
B.A., St. Mary of the Lake, 1953
He has been called the "Henry Kissinger of the University of Iowa." Jude West’s expertise in facilitating strategic planning processes and mediating conflicts had been a resource utilized by organizations both within and outside of the University for decades.
The lists of companies that have engaged West’s services is impressive. From Fortune 500 companies to local nonprofits, West has been instrumental in helping organizations work through issues, develop a framework for future change and growth, and then develop action steps toward those goals.
West's personality made him well suited for this role. "I am able to create an atmosphere where people feel comfortable talking about issues," he explained. "These real-life examples help me keep current. Plus, when you are able to help a group come to a conclusion, well, it can be tremendously satisfying."
So why continue to teach in the classroom? As an emeritus professor of management and organizations, West could have simply retired. He said, "Teaching provides me with a forum for the combination of theory and practice."
West admitted that his students brought just as much to the discussion as he did. "The students are able to apply the classroom learning to their workplace and we have many discussions about how things do or don't work in the culture of their businesses. I find it fascinating."
West had long been a student favorite as witnessed by the many teaching awards that he has accumulated over the years, including two GREAT awards from Executive MBA students. He had been widely recognized by the University community with such awards as the Brody Award, the Hancher Finkbine Medallion, and the Distinguished Faculty Service Award from the UI Alumni Association.
West was also very involved in the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center as a member of its advisory committee. Working closely with former UI President Sandy Boyd, West had helped develop the center from an idea to a vibrant organization that provides training for nonprofit leaders that range from fundraising to organizational effectiveness.
He had long been committed to various social organizations and served on the advisory board of Systems Unlimited. His community efforts have been recognized with such accolades as the Benjamin Franklin Philanthropy Award, the Iowa City Human Rights Isabel Turner Award, and induction into the ARC of Southwest Iowa Hall of Fame.
West's generous nature and his dedication to helping organizations improve are some of the many qualities that made him such a special part of the Tippie community.
"I am continually impressed with the quality of the people that I work with and the students that I get to teach," he explained. "I’ve been here for 46 years. I guess I just really like the place."