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Missy served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Notre Dame College (NDC) in Cleveland from 2008-2012. Prior to joining NDC in 2008, Missy spent the previous 13 years in a variety of capacities including graduate program director and associate dean of the Graduate College at Mercyhurst.
Missy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in education from the University of Southern California, a teaching certification in social science, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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Dr. David Frew is a visiting professor of leadership studies at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA where he teaches graduate Organizational Leadership Program students a variety of entrepreneurial, research methods and management classes. He is also a professor emeritus of management and organizational behavior at Gannon University in Erie PA where he spent thirty-three years teaching MBA and other graduate students a variety of courses ranging from organizational behavior to research methods, statistics, business policy and Canadian studies. In addition to his teaching duties, he served as MBA Director, Health Services Administration Program Director and Dean of the Graduate School. Prior to his academic career he had a five year engineering career. Professor Frew holds a doctorate (1970) in organizational behavior & psychology from Kent State University, an AACSB/APA accredited school. In 1983 he completed a one-year post-doctorate at Kent State University in organizational behavior. He is a widely published author and accomplished management consultant.
He has published thirty books, including research monographs and textbooks. His one hundred plus articles run the gamut from refereed journal articles to feature pieces in popular magazines including SAIL and Cruising World. His consulting clients include, General Electric: Crotonville, NASA and FMC Corporation as well as a long list of regional organizations. He is an avid sailor having raced and cruised extensively with his wife, Mary Ann, three now-grown children and eight grandchildren. Dr. Frew’s eight books on the maritime history of Lake Erie have won regional and national awards. In 2002, he became Chief Executive officer of Erie County Historical Society, a three-site museum organization with library, publication and educational programs. His work at ECHS included a successful $1.5 Million capital campaign, complete reorganization and restoration of museum exhibits, a template of programming including carriage rides and ghost walks and the restoration of the society's publishing program which includes a referreed journal and more than twenty-five current book offerings. In 2007, he retired from his duties at the museum to concentrate on consulting and university work.
Dr. Jacobs is the director of the Organizational Leadership (OL) Graduate Program and has been part of Mercyhurst since 2005. He is responsible for the coordination of curricular development, field/internship placements, and theses/capstone projects for the OL program and also teaches leadership courses.
Dr. Jacobs provides leadership and management consulting services in human resource development, financial management, business planning, and leadership strategies to both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He has taught classes to CPAs throughout the United States in controllership and in financial management for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Prior to joining Mercyhurst University Dr. Jacobs worked for 14 years as a CPA in industry for a tri-state steel fabrication and erection company that generated annual revenues of $15-17 million. As the Vice President and Controller for this company, he was responsible for the financial, computer, and human resource functions in this company.
Dr. Jacobs also served 24 years in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Highlights of his service in the Army include Professor of Military Science for ROTC students at Gannon University, Edinboro University and Mercyhurst University. Dr. Jacobs also served as executive officer for Readiness Group Pittsburgh from 1984 to 1988, where he was responsible for leading a team of senior Army officers and non-commissioned officers in the training and development of Army National Guard and Army Reserve forces in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Dr. Jacobs' other service in the US Army includes being the human resource management officer for a 2,500-person telecommunications organization and later for a 10,000- person logistical support organization, inspector general for a telecommunications and air traffic control organization in Korea consisting of over 3,500 people, and commander of an airborne rifle company in the U.S. and commander of an infantry company in combat in the Republic of Vietnam.
Regent University - Virginia Beach, VA (May 2009)
Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development
University of Central Texas - Killeen, TX (May 1984)
Master of Science, Management Science (Computer Information Systems Concentration)
United States Military Academy - West Point, NY (June 1968)
Bachelor of Science
Jacobs, G. A., & Longbotham, G. J. (2010). The Impact of Spirituality on the Formation of a Leader’s Purpose. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Jacobs, G. A. (2009). How exemplary Christian leaders discern their higher purpose. Dissertations Abstracts International: Section A: Biographies, 70(10), 3377778
Jacobs, G., & Carr, P. (2007, May). Leading change in the face of failure: Paramount considerations for the effective executive. Effective Executive Journal, 9(6). ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad: India.
Waddell, J. T. and Jacobs, G. A. (2008). “Pilot Study of Online Doctoral Students.” Autonomous Learning World Caucus, Oxford, England, March 2008.
Jacobs, G. A. (2007). “Exploring the Impact Leaders who are Autonomous Learners have on Team Learning.” Autonomous Learning World Caucus. Oxford, England, March 2007.
Jacobs, G. A. (2006). “Servant Leadership and Follower Commitment” Servant Leadership Roundtable. Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, August 2006.
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