Business and Leadership Faculty
All of our business and leadership professors are committed to Messiah College’s Christian educational mission. They are experts in the field of business, accomplished leaders and exemplary educators—and all faculty members who teach in this program meet the professional hiring credentials of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Our faculty will take time to mentor you and help you meet your career goals. They will encourage you to consider your faith, the faith of others and the relationship between business and leadership from a Christian faith perspective. We invite you to read more below about the talented teacher-scholars in our business and leadership graduate programs.
Rob Pepper has served at Messiah College since 1993 and currently directs the Graduate Programs in Business and Leadership and is an assistant professor of leadership studies. He teaches courses in strategic leadership in higher education, leadership theory and development, principles of management, leading organizational change and strategic management. He was instrumental in developing Messiah College’s leadership development model, and held numerous roles in student affairs including career development, leadership development and athletic coaching. He enjoys serving as a consultant for several non-profit organizations as well a leadership and career coach. His research interests include leadership development, organizational development, and strategic planning.
Bachelor of Arts, Messiah College
Master of Science, Shippensburg University
Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Regent University School of Business and Leadership
Michael Zigarelli is a professor of leadership and strategy at Messiah College. His previous academic posts include assistant professor of management at Fairfield University, dean of the School of Business of Regent University and endowed chair and associate professor of management at Charlestown Southern University School of Business. His research in the fields of management, practical theology, law, and ethics has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and magazines, and he is the author of ten books, including "The Messiah Method," "Influencing Like Jesus," "The Minister's MBA," "Cultivating Christian Character," and "Management by Proverbs." His work has been translated into several languages. Dr. Zigarelli is also the creator of Christianity9to5.org and Assess-Yourself.org. He lives in Hershey, Pa., with his wife Tara and their four children.
B.A. in Economics and History, Lafayette College
M.A. in Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University
Ph.D. in Human Resource Management, Rutgers University
Connie Harris Ostwald is an associate professor of economics and development at Messiah College. An executive coach with Coaching to Authenticity Inc., Connie has conducted leadership training and capacity building for senior level NGO and nonprofit professionals and created and implemented leadership coaching experiences for young professionals around the world. She has done extensive training with Minds at Work, an organization founded by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to her role at Messiah College, she has served as a professor of economics and development at Eastern University, Colorado Christian University, The Colorado School of Mines and Regis University.
Bachelor of Arts, University of California
Master of Business Administration, University of Colorado
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Denver Joseph Korbel School of International Studies
Gary Ostwald is an executive coach, leadership development consultant, and founder of Coaching to Authenticity, Inc. In addition to his faculty role at Messiah College, Gary also serves on the faculty at Eastern University’s PhD in Organizational Leadership program. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business where he taught management and leadership courses in their MBA program and he served as the chair of the department of business at Colorado Christian University. Gary has done extensive training with Minds at Work, a leadership development organization founded by Dr. Robert Kegan and Dr. Lisa Lahey, faculty at Harvard University. Gary’s coaching clients include business owners, corporate executives, emerging leaders, and managers. His client organizations include Allstate, State Farm, DuPont, the City and County of Denver as well many small, privately owned businesses. He has authored numerous titles including "Lead with Authenticity" (2006). Gary has held engineering and management positions in Fortune 500 firms, beginning his business career with 3M Company as an industrial engineer. Gary enjoys sea kayaking, trail running and bicycling.
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, North Dakota State University
Master of Business Administration, University of Denver
Ph.D. in Human Communication Studies, University of Denver
Brian Nejmeh is a professor of business
information systems and entrepreneurship at Messiah College. He is a
member of Phi Beta Kappa, ACM and IEEE. His areas of interest include
transformational and social entrepreneurship, business as mission,
software engineering, mobile app design, entrepreneurship and small
business development. He was the 2008-2009 Award Recipient, of the Dr.
Robert and Marilyn Smith Outstanding Teacher Award for Full Professors
at Messiah College.
As President of INSTEP, a consulting firm focused on the needs of
technology companies, Nejmeh has advised large firms such as AT&T,
Ford, Hughes, Legent and Proxicom as well as many midsize and start-up
ventures. His clients come from many technology sectors including
enterprise software, Internet, telecommunications, wireless, software
development tools and others.
Brian's background includes executive and operational management roles
in several technology companies including AT&T-Bell Labs, The
Software Productivity Consortium, the Legent Corporation and Nat
Systems. A sports enthusiast, Brian enjoys running, fishing and coaching
his children's various athletic teams. Education
B.S. in Computer Science, Allegheny College
M.S. in Computer Science, Purdue University
Brian Nejmeh is a professor of business information systems and entrepreneurship at Messiah College. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, ACM and IEEE. His areas of interest include transformational and social entrepreneurship, business as mission, software engineering, mobile app design, entrepreneurship and small business development. He was the 2008-2009 Award Recipient, of the Dr. Robert and Marilyn Smith Outstanding Teacher Award for Full Professors at Messiah College. As President of INSTEP, a consulting firm focused on the needs of technology companies, Nejmeh has advised large firms such as AT&T, Ford, Hughes, Legent and Proxicom as well as many midsize and start-up ventures. His clients come from many technology sectors including enterprise software, Internet, telecommunications, wireless, software development tools and others. Brian's background includes executive and operational management roles in several technology companies including AT&T-Bell Labs, The Software Productivity Consortium, the Legent Corporation and Nat Systems. A sports enthusiast, Brian enjoys running, fishing and coaching his children's various athletic teams.
Nance McCown is the Co-Chair for the Department of Communication and is an Associate Professor of Communication. Her areas of interest include; leadership influence on internal public relations, public relations and activism, and public relations ethics. Nance was awarded the Robert and Marilyn Smith Excellence in Teaching Award – 2011. In addition to presenting research at national conferences and regional professional seminars, Nance also serves as a submission reviewer for scholarly conferences and journals. Nance is a faculty Advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America – Messiah College Chapter. Her hobbies include serving as worship leader and youth mentor. She also enjoys knitting, geocaching, gardening, getting lost in a great book, watching movies, rising to challenges, and enjoying an ice-cold Coca cola.
B.A. in English (with teaching certification), Allegheny College
M.S. in Journalism, Purdue University
Ph.D. in Public Relations, University of Maryland
Kristopher Cravey has 20 years experience in the energy sector and brings a wealth of industry leadership and experience to the Graduate program in Business and Leadership. In addition to teaching at Messiah College, Kris currently serves as Vice President at Day & Zimmermann - a century old, family-owned company that ranks in the Forbes Top Private companies list with $2.2B in annual revenue and 21,000 employees worldwide. His research interests include the integration of faith in business and leadership, organizational culture, implicit leadership theory, industrial safety, human performance, business strategy, operational execution, New Testament theology, and discipleship.
B.A. in Bible & Theology, Christian Life College
M.A. in Practical Theology, Regent University
M.B.A. Regent University
Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Regent University
Keith Quesenberry is a Lecturer in the Center for Leadership Education at Johns Hopkins University where he teaches social media marketing, digital marketing and advertising. He previously taught at Temple University and West Virginia University. Prior to teaching, he spent nearly 20 years in marketing and advertising as an associate creative director and copywriter at advertising agencies such as BBDO and Arnold Worldwide. His client experience spanned from startups to Fortune 500s such as Delta Air Lines, Exxon Mobil and Hershey Foods. His advertising campaigns have garnered prestigious awards such as the One Show, National ADDYs and London International Awards, and have been featured in the trade publications Ad Age, Adweek, Brandweek, and Lurzer's International Archive. His social media campaigns have been recognized by the industry including a PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) Bronze Anvil for word-of-mouth and an OMMA (Online Media, Marketing and Advertising) Award. He is also a contributing author to MarketingProfs and Social Media Examiner where one of his articles was recognized at a Top 40 Content marketing and Top 5 Visual marketing article of 2014. Quesenberry has made appearances on MSNBC and his research and expert opinion have been featured in publications such as the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Entrepreneur magazine and Forbes. His research has been published in journals including the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice and the International Journal of Integrated Marketing Communication, plus Ad Age Research Reports. Follow him @Kquesen on Twitter or follow his blog at www.postcontrolmarketing.com.
BA in Journalism and Advertising at Temple University
MS in Integrated Marketing Communication: West Virginia University