May 12, 2021

The Catholic University of America's Academic Senate voted to promote Professors Andreas Widmer and Robert Felix to the rank of Associate Professor. We're excited to welcome our new associate professors to the ranks of the Busch school senior faculty. 

Professor Andreas Widmer is the director of the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. Widmer is a seasoned business executive with experience in high-tech, international business strategy, consulting and economic development. He served as CEO of the business strategy firm OTF Group and helped lead web content management pioneer Eprise Corporation, speech recognition pioneer Dragon Systems, and internet pioneer FTP Software. He has worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Andreas is the author of The Pope & The CEO: Pope Saint John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.

Widmer served as a Pontifical Swiss Guard from 1986-1988, protecting Pope John Paul II. He holds two business degrees from Switzerland, plus a B.S. in International Business from Merrimack College and an M.A. in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Boston. A citizen of Switzerland and the United States, he speaks English, German, Italian and French.

Professor Felix was previously a faculty member at the University of Baltimore and St. Joseph's University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 2013. His research focuses on corporate governance, financial reporting and auditing. His research has appeared in scholarly journals such as Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Accounting and Business Research. Professor Felix teaches intermediate financial accounting, auditing, managerial accounting. He has taught undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to his academic career, Professor Felix worked as an auditor and consultant for a public accounting firm. Professor Felix also holds an MBA and has a CPA license.