Executive Education

Customized Programs

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University offers executive education programs to develop leadership skills and abilities in the regional business community.  Addressing specific, real-work challenges, the college's executive education program delivers content through flexible, short-term opportunities for executives and managers. Designed to give client organizations a competitive advantage, the program allows industry professionals the same transformational experiences afforded to Appalachian's undergraduate and graduate students, but with customizable content and tailored format. Program duration can be day-long or multi-week, depending on what best suits the company. Programs may be geared toward certificate programs. 

Executive Education Information Session

Representatives from local businesses are invited to participate in an information session about opportunities available for executive education at Appalachian State University. Refreshments provided. 

Date of next session: Thursday, December 1st
Session time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Session location: Peacock Hall, 2nd floor Broyhill Commons (416 Howard St. Boone, NC 28608)

Content Areas

Directed by the Walker College's Office of the Dean for Graduate Programs and Research with guidance from the executive education advisory committee, the program is closely aligned with the college's mission to deliver transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire individuals to be ethical, innovative, and engaged business leaders. Program faculty include PhD experts in the fields of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Program content possibilities include Executive Leadership, IT Project Management, Leadership Fundamentals, Lean Six Sigma, Managerial Finance, Personnel ManagementSales and Marketing, Strategic Management and Supply Chain Management.

Opportunities also exist for program participants to experience international business and cultural learning opportunities through our International Programs office

Getting Started

To find out if a program is right for your company, contact the executive education office today to discuss your needs or to design your program. Together, we will determine learning objectives, course schedule and other requirements to meet your preferences.

Expert Faculty

Appalachian's business executive education programs are PhD-led courses; the faculty members possess advanced business and management knowledge in their respective business disciplines. 

Dinesh Dave Appalachian State UniversityDinesh Dave

Supply Chain Management Professor Dinesh Dave  holds a Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. His teaching and research activities are centered in supply chain management, production and operations management, quantitative methods and techniques, business statistics, and information technology.  Dr. Dave serves as Director at large for APICS-The Association for Operations Managers, Foothills Chapter, and is a board member of the Charlotte Roundtable of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP).


Chris McNeilChris McNeil

Finance, Banking & Insurance professor Chris McNeil teaches corporate finance and has previously taught international finance and financial modeling in Excel.  His research is focused on corporate finance and development of Excel pedagogical tools.  Dr. McNeil worked for ten years in industry (BB&T and Duke Energy) before entering the Ph.D. program at the University of South Carolina.  He joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 2004.


David Shows Appalachian State UniversityDavid Shows

Marketing professor David Shows teaches sales management, marketing principles, marketing strategy, and integrated marketing communications.   His research is focused upon entrepreneurism and entrepreneurial marketing.  Dr. Shows' industry experience includes being a systems analyst with Citizens Bank and being managing partner and founder of ZZip Internet, one of the first Internet providers. He has international teaching experience at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea.