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Program Lead

William J. Rothwell, PhD, SPHR

Dr. Rothwell is professor and lead faculty of the Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 300 books, book chapters, and articles — including more than 80 books. Before arriving at Penn State in 1993, Dr. Rothwell had 20 years of work experience as a training director and HR professional in government and in business. He has also worked as a consultant for more than 40 multinational corporations — including Motorola China, General Motors, Ford, and many others. In 2012, he earned ASTD’s prestigious Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award and was inducted as the 2013 CPLP Fellow Program Honoree.

His recent books include Becoming An Effective Mentoring Leader: Proven Strategies for Building Excellence in Your Organization; Talent Management: A Step-by-Step Action-Oriented Approach Based on Best Practice; the edited three-volume Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management; Lean But Agile: Rethink Workforce Planning and Gain a True Competitive Advantage; Invaluable Knowledge: Securing Your Company’s Technical Expertise — Recruiting and Retaining Top Talent, Transferring Technical Knowledge, Engaging High Performers; Competency-Based Training Basics; Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Building Talent from Within, 4th ed.; Practicing Organization Development, 3rd ed.; The Manager’s Guide to Maximizing Employee Potential: Quick and Easy Ways to Build Talent Every Day; Basics of Adult Learning; HR Transformation; and Working Longer.

Program Coordinator

Wesley E. Donahue, PhD, PE

Dr. Donahue is the coordinator of the online Master of Professional Studies in Organization Development and Change program. Formerly, he was director of Penn State Management Development, a self-supporting provider of education and training services to business and industry clients around the world. Before joining Penn State, he was regional sales vice president for Mar-Kay Plastics in Kansas City, Missouri; co-founder and executive vice president of Leffler Systems of New Jersey, a manufacturing company; manager of corporate development and international manager of technology for a Fortune 500 company, Brockway Inc., now part of Owens Illinois. He also co-owned and operated a retail business for ten years.

Dr. Donahue earned a BS in engineering from Penn State, an MBA from Clarion University, and a PhD in workforce education from Penn State. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Six-Sigma Black Belt (Allied Signal).