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Brian Flanagan
Managing Director

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 Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, program director of the Cook Leadership Academy, and adjunct professor in the School of 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 Business. His Leadership Dynamics 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 sciences.

Brian holds a Master of Public Administration from Grand Valley State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame.


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