Title: Assistant Professor, College of Business & Management

Campus: Houston, TX

A full-time faculty member at DeVry University since 2008, Dr. Richard J. Swersey teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in management, as well as several at the graduate level. Additionally, he has re-developed university-wide courses on writing business plans for small businesses based on his expertise in developed as owner of a retail establishment in Houston. In addition, he has also re-developed a university wide course on creativity, innovation, and new product development.

Dr. Swersey began teaching at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1966. Three years later he joined ExxonMobil where his career spanned 26 years in a variety of management positions. Dr. Swersey’s portfolio of management positions included time managing in a multitude of departments – information technology, international marketing, mining, and mergers & acquisitions- all of which led to a diverse range of experience. Also while at ExxonMobil, Dr. Swersey, along with his staff developed a time dynamic price-forecasting model used to explicitly interpret price cycles. This model was later used to provide a pricing basis in the evaluation of mining capital projects and new ventures.

Experiences as a faculty member at various institutions -Wharton, Le Tourneau University, Belhaven College and Houston Baptist University- while working at ExxonMobile helped mold a management style geared toward the “teaching” end of the spectrum. This particular management style made full-time teaching a natural transition and Dr. Swersey chose to return to academia following retirement in 1995.

Dr. Swersey holds a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering from Columbia University in addition to a master’s degree in the same major from the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley is also where Dr. Swersey obtained his doctorate in industrial engineering - operations research.

Thought Leadership

-       Continued formation of small businesses and the increased globalization of services will reduce prospects for profits in the service sector.

-       Productivity increases and advances in information technology will result in the reduction of production jobs worldwide.

-       As these changes occur within the coming years, individuals certainly must stay aware of innovation in information technology to stay current.

-       The increasingly widening business perspective –businesses looking for global opportunity – benefits the multi-lingual and allows individuals the ability to take advantage of the increasing diversity of the U.S. population and global experiences.

-       Information technology will provide simpler tools for financial analysis for small businesses. This will allow small businesses to track their productivity over time, as well as against their competitors.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Richard J. Swersey, please contact Colleen Coors at 312-861-5267 or colleen.coors@mslgroup.com.

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