Prof. Douglas A. Hensler
Dr. Hensler is currently the Dean of the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. From June 2013 to October 2015 he served as Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School. Hired to be a change agent after the dismissal of the previous president and provost and during a time of extreme forces on the institution he brought business sense, systems/process knowledge, and his engineering/finance background to NPS leadership and significantly influenced the institution onto a path of best practices, consistency, and confidence. From June 2008 to June 2013 Dr. Hensler served as Dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University (WSU). Prior to Wichita State, Dr. Hensler served as Dean and Sid Craig Endowed Dean’s Chair in the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno for three years. For eight years prior to that, Dr. Hensler served at the University of Colorado at Boulder as the W. Edwards Deming Distinguished Professor of Management, a joint appointment to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business. He also served as Co-Executive Director of the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Hensler has travelled extensively and built a network of international contacts and partnerships. He has served as Special Advisor to the Australian Organisation for Quality (NSW) and as an adviser to the Special Adviser team of the Scottish First Minister. From 2002 to 2005 he served on the Academic Advisory Board of e-TQM College in Dubai, UAE. Before returning to the academic community, Dr. Hensler achieved a highly successful management career that includes 13 years in project, staff and line management positions at two technology driven companies. These positions include nuclear industry quality assurance management and aerospace industry quality engineering management, plant quality management, production management leading an organization of 250 personnel, and R&D management leading an organization developing state-of-the-art process improvements involving applied research. Dr. Hensler has provided training and consulting to American Airlines, CH2M-Hill, Texas Utilities, Sulzer, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Micro Motion, FEMA, Sporian Microsystems, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, and the Fulfillment Corporation of America. A frequent invited keynote speaker and presenter at international conferences, Dr. Hensler has authored and co-authored several articles and manuscripts on a diverse and cross-disciplinary set of topics including value creation, innovation and learning organizations, knowledge creation and management, technology development, strategy and change, initial public offerings, manufacturing, emerging economies, risk and performance measurement, intellectual capital and the knowledge economy, sustainability, competition and cooperation, and leadership. Dr. Hensler’s academic preparation includes a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Portland, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Washington. He is a licensed professional engineer in Quality Engineering in the State of California.