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Richard C. and Francelia A. Gozon University Chair in Values-Based Leadership


Michael Chikeleze, Ph.D. Richard C. and Francelia A. Gozon University Chair in Values-Based Leadership 219.464.6827 Associate Professor of Leadership Communication


Michael Chikeleze holds the Richard C. and Francelia A. Gozon University Chair in Values-Based Leadership and associate professor of communication. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Leadership Association. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from Enugu State University in Nigeria, and his graduate degrees at Washington University in St. Louis (M.B.A. and J.D.) and Benedictine University (Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership). Prior to joining Valpo, he was faculty member for five years in leadership studies programs at Louisiana State University Shreveport and Xavier University Cincinnati. His leadership career includes roles in higher education administration (Cincinnati State College and University of Cincinnati) and business management (Procter & Gamble and Chase Bank). Michael writes and lectures on leadership topics, specializing in ethical leadership, law and ethics and sustainable real estate practices. His research focuses on the impact of ethics on decision-making. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Leadership Studies, Journal of Leadership Education and Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. He is a member of Academy of Management, Missouri Bar, and International Leadership Association.


Brown, S. & Chikeleze, M. (2020). A New Conceptual Model: Integrating Ethical Leadership into the Assess, Challenge and Support (ACS) Model of Leader Development, Journal of Leadership Education19(4), 147-162.

Hawthorne, M. & Chikeleze, M. (2020). Examining the Role of Attention in the Iowa Gambling Task. North American Journal of Psychology, 22(3), 397-410

Latta, G.F., Clottey, E. & Dugan, M., Chikeleze, M., (2020). Developing Ethical Leaders: Innovations in Promoting Ethical Decision-making, Using Discretionary Power & Overcoming Immunity to Moral Integrity, Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics17(2), 73-87.

Bible, D.S., Chikeleze, M., White, D.A., White, M.L. (2018). The Impact of Race, Income and Educational Attainment on Home Mortgage Foreclosures. Southern Business Economic Journal41(2), 61-82.

Bible, D.S. & Chikeleze, M. (2018). Leadership in Sustainability a Case Study: Green Globe Certification and Financing and the Impact on Multifamily Property’s Rate of Return. Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, 10(1), 109-134.

Chikeleze, M., Gibson, G, & Johnson, I. (2018). Let’s Argue: Using Debate to Teach Critical Thinking and Communication Skills to Future Leaders, Journal of Leadership Education17(2), 123-137.

Chikeleze, M. & Baehrend, W. (2017). Ethical leadership style and its impact on decision-making. Journal of Leadership Studies, 11(2), 45-47.

Bible, D.S. & Chikeleze, M., McKinnon, R. (2017). The real estate appraisal regulatory environment, reasonable and customary fees, and appraisal management companies. Southern Business Economic Journal, 40(2), 25-40.