MAY 14

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Dr. David Setley, Director of the MBA Program at Lebanon Valley College

Dr. David M. Setley, Director of the MBA Program

Dr. David Setley, director of LVC’s MBA Program, was recruited to teach at LVC more than two decades ago. Turns out, that connection remains strong. “The MBA Program has kept me here even after retiring in January 2020. It’s success and growth continue to make me want to do better,” Setley said.

Two decades after teaching his first course at LVC, Setley jumped at the opportunity to primarily focus on leading the College’s MBA Program. Now, in addition to his administrative duties as chair of the program, he teaches Strategic Management, Business Ethics, Management, and Leadership.

“One of my proudest professional accomplishments was leading the multi-year effort to earn external accreditation for the MBA Program from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),” Setley noted. “It was a team effort by our faculty and a game-changer for LVC’s MBA Program. We are one of the few private colleges in our region to have earned this stringent accreditation.”

In 1999, after nearly three decades as an entrepreneur, business owner, and manager, Setley accepted an offer to teach an Executive Leadership course in the Lebanon Valley College MBA Program, changing his professional life. While continuing to lead his business ventures, he became a regular adjunct instructor for several Central Pennsylvania colleges and universities while completing his doctorate. In 2005, after earning his Doctor of Business Administration degree, Setley began teaching full-time, and in 2008, became an assistant professor of business at Lebanon Valley College, teaching undergraduate and graduate students and eventually becoming chair of the undergraduate Business Department.

For Setley, it continues to be all about the students. “At LVC, the goal of every course and the program is for students to obtain the knowledge, perspectives, and skills that can be applied immediately to their current position and lead them to the next level of their career.” As such, courses are more grounded in the practice rather than theories of business. Setley added, “Most of our professors are full-time educators who have a lifetime of current professional experience in the disciplines they teach. I am as proud of the professors in our program as I am of our current students and graduates.

“We have established a nearly perfect community of learning in our MBA Program. The relationships established between professors and students, students and course content, and students with each other are emblematic of graduate education at its best!”

To Setley, the world is business. “Regardless of the industry you are in, everything is a business. Education, healthcare, government, and not-for-profits must all be led like a business. We all have stakeholders, customers, suppliers, employees, and regulators,” he noted. “This global need is one of the reasons we offer an MBA degree that is accessible to anyone, regardless of their undergraduate education or current profession.” LVC’s MBA Program welcomes applicants from all undergraduate majors and offers a program that will assist in acquiring the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful in the MBA Program. “I strongly believe that an MBA education has value to everyone,” Setley said. “That is why I love the Lebanon Valley College MBA Program and have dedicated the last two decades of my professional life to it.”

Dr. Setley Quoted in Newsweek

Dr. David Setley, director of the MBA Program and Eugene C. Fish Endowed Professor of Business, was quoted in the Newsweek article, Should You Pursue and MBA Amid Coronavirus? Among other advantages, Setley noted, “MBA hopefuls whose companies do offer tuition reimbursement should consider capitalizing on that benefit while they have access to it” since there’s a “possibility that this benefit could be rescinded in the near future due to the bad economy.”