William S. Howe III

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William S. Howe, III, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the MBA Program

Dr. Howe earned the Ph.D. at Stanford University and also holds master’s degrees from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts.

He has served for 30 years as a professor within the areas of leadership studies, business, education, and arts and sciences, and has been an administrator in higher education for 15 years. Dr. Howe has developed new schools and programs in several university contexts, has taught in international schools, and has helped develop a new online university in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Howe has developed the “Leadership” course in the MBA program and the “Happiness, Success, and Meaning” course for the General Education component of the Bachelor of Science program.


Leadership in higher education; collaborative, shared leadership; the relationship between theory, practice, and education/training in leadership; leadership at multiple levels of analysis; synthesizing the social sciences and the humanities in leadership studies; expanding professional and popular conceptions of leadership; leadership in educational improvement and change initiatives

organization theory (especially ecological perspectives) and analysis; organization development; educational organizations; leadership in organizational contexts

interdisciplinary programs; assessment; planning and implementing innovative, quality educational programs; accreditation; faculty recruitment, supervision, development, and promotion/tenure; innovative instructional delivery for active learning; developing collaboration, shared governance, and mutual respect among administration, faculty, and staff; policy development and implementation; global perspectives in education; the use of technology for education; advancing a commitment to diversity; budgeting and fiduciary accountability; growing programs; building relationships with the community.