Opus Distinguished Speakers Program
President, CEO and Chair
Richard Davis has been an influential force in the banking industry for 35 years. His leadership and prudent approach to financial management has garnered national and international praise for U.S. Bancorp, which has emerged as strong and stable following one of the most difficult chapters in banking history. Davis’ outstanding leadership skills were recognized by the Twin Cities Business Journal as the 2010 Executive of the Year and by American Banker as 2010 Banker of the Year.
About the Opus Distinguished Speaker
In December 1997, Opus Corporation funded an endowment at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business to develop an international speakers program. Today, the Opus Distinguished Speakers Program brings nationally recognized leaders of business, government and academia to campus for periods of up to five days. Those leaders invited to serve as Opus Speakers are chosen for their outstanding accomplishments, public service and character.
The purpose of the program is to expose students and faculty to the latest ideas and forces that are shaping American and international business. Leaders and executives, who face these issues daily, provide significant educational enrichment that complements the in-class curriculum. In addition, the program enhances the reputation of the business school by affording the greater community access to the visiting scholar.