July 19, 2018

Lipman-Blumen Announces Retirement at End of the Year

Jean Lipman Blumen
Honoring Joe: Professor Jean Lipman-Blumen pays tribute to Professor Emeritus Joseph Maciariello during Drucker Day 2017.

When Jean Lipman-Blumen first arrived at CGU, Peter Drucker and Joseph Maciariello were among her colleagues and the Drucker School of Management was still a dream.

For more than three decades, Lipman-Blumen has been a scholarly force on campus. She has decided to retire at the end of 2018—although she assures many that she will stay actively connected with the Drucker School.

Drucker School Dean Jenny Darroch recently broke the news to the campus and the Drucker alumni community in the following message:


Dear CGU Community,

For many years Jean Lipman-Blumen has earned countless accolades for her work, especially on the nature of toxic leadership (wisely cited by a New York Times Op-ed writer in a recent article) and connective leadership (for which she received the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award), and our Drucker School is grateful for that. Whenever the light of recognition has shone on her, our school has benefited from the glow.

I write today with the news that at the end of this year, Dec. 31, Jean has decided to retire after more than 35 years at the school and to move on to new adventures.

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jean as a colleague and as a friend, and her contributions to the Drucker School – and to the world of executive leadership – almost defy description. She arrived here in 1983 and carved out a unique niche with her books and other scholarly articles, her teaching and consulting work, her public service, the co-founding of the Connective Leadership Institute, and other ventures.

I could go on about Jean’s credentials, but I know she won’t want that. Suffice to say, even though her retirement is still many months away, I want to alert everyone now. Time has a way of sneaking by, and this gives you ample time to see her and celebrate her.

We will send out more information about a reception in Jean’s honor in the fall. Until then, I hope you will join me in congratulating Jean on her forthcoming retirement and expressing heartfelt thanks for her incredible service and dedication to our school.


Jenny Darroch

Henry Y. Hwang Dean, Drucker School of Management