School of Business


John P. Lanigan, Jr.

John P. Lanigan, Jr.

John Lanigan joined Baldwin Wallace University as Director of the Center for Innovation and Growth in May, 2013.  He was named Dean of the School of Business in April, 2014.   A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Lanigan earned his M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace University.

  • After six years active duty as a U.S. Coast Guard officer, he transferred to the Coast Guard Reserve where he commanded six units, including a Reserve Port Security Unit that deployed to Operation Desert Storm. He retired after over 20 years of service with the rank of Commander.
  • During his 16 years with Schneider National, Inc., the largest full-truckload motor carrier group in the United States, he held a series of increasingly responsible positions. As Chief Operating Officer for Schneider and a wholly owned third party logistics services company, he was responsible for more than 20,000 employees and annual corporate revenue in excess of $3 billion.
  • As President and CEO of, Inc. from 2000 to 2002, Lanigan led a venture-capital-funded logistics software company that then was sold to Manhattan Associates, a publicly traded logistics software firm.
  • In 2003, he joined BNSF Railway Company, a Fortune 200 company that was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway in 2010. As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, he was responsible for sales, marketing, customer service, and economic development for the largest freight railroad in the United States during a period in which annual revenue increased from $9 billion to $20 billion.  He retired in 2013.

Lanigan was active in higher education prior to joining BW. A member of the Baldwin Wallace University Board of Trustees from 2010-2012, he also served for nine years on the University of Texas at Arlington College of Business Advisory Board, including two years as its president. He has been a guest lecturer on business topics at many colleges and universities including BW, University of Wisconsin, University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, MIT, U.S. Coast Guard Academy and others.

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