Brian Flanagan is managing director of the Ross Leadership
Initiative (RLI) in the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School
of Business. His work applies cutting-edge leadership research to
development programs for students.
Immediately prior to joining RLI, Brian served at Grand Valley State
University (GVSU) as associate director of the
for Presidential Studies, program director of the
Leadership Academy, and adjunct professor in the
Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration.
During his nine years at Grand Valley, Brian founded the
Wheelhouse Talks and
Leadership University, an
online forum where students work with faculty mentors to plan and
showcase their growth as leaders. He was responsible for the
co-curricular leadership development of fellows in the Cook Leadership
Academy and full-time MBA students in GVSU’s Seidman College of
course engaged students with modern classics — from Machiavelli to Freud
to Arendt — as well as post-modern insights emerging from the social, natural, and formal
Brian holds a Master of Public
Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts
from the University of Notre Dame.