Bringing transformational educational experiences to our regional businesses

Develop and Engage Your Employees

Housed in the Walker College's Office of the Dean for Graduate Programs and Research and guided by our professional education administration, the Professional Education 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, including PhD experts in the fields of Accounting, Economics, Finance, Supply Chain Management, Human Resource Management and Industrial-Organizational Psychology, deliver content in customizable formats, tailored to your organization's needs.

Content Areas

Program content possibilities include Executive Leadership, Design Thinking, Data and Analytics, Project ManagementLeadership Fundamentals, Lean Six Sigma, Accounting Principles for Business Managers, 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 professional education office today at or 828-262-2922. Together, we will assess your needs, determine the learning objectives,  and set a course schedule designed to meet your preferences.


"The course created a bonding among our colleagues and I feel we're now more on "the same page" regarding marketing and working together more effectively."

"Dr. Shows tasked us to think outside the box."

"The instructor and staff were great!" 

"The instructor did very well staying on course but still taking the time needed to answer any questions we had. Staff were attentive to our needs."

Customized Programs

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University offers professional education programs to develop leadership skills and abilities in the regional business community.  Addressing specific, real-work challenges, the college's professional education program delivers content through flexible, short-term opportunities for professionals 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. 

Expert Faculty

Appalachian's professional education coures are PhD-led; the faculty members possess advanced business and industry knowledge in their respective business disciplines. 

Dinesh 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).


Mark LewisMark Lewis

Management professor Mark Lewis is an innovation expert and business strategist with a passion for business research that leads to actionable insights. His research is aimed at an executive audience and based on engagements with industry leaders in the logistics, diversified computer systems, and healthcare industries. This work has appeared in MIS Quarterly Executive, MIT Supply Chain Strategy, and other leading outlets, and his case study on innovation in a long-term outsourcing relationship has been used by over 10,000 students in 29 countries.


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.  


Phil WitmerPhilip Witmer

Retired Professor from the Department of Accounting at Appalachian State, Dr. Phil Witmer taught financial reporting and auditing.  His research focused on financial reporting issues and the development of excel spreadsheets to aid in the teaching of technical financial accounting issues.  He joined Appalachian’s faculty in 1992 after completing his PhD program at The George Washington University.  He retired from the University in 2017. Prior to coming to academia, he worked for the international accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG) and a fortune 500 manufacturing company.