Doermer School of Business

Professor For A Day

The Professor for a Day program is intended to introduce Doermer School of Business faculty and students to contemporary business issues faced by northeast Indiana business firms. We invite our guest to speak to upper level undergraduate and MBA students in policy and strategy courses. Our guest opens the session with a topic that is contemporary and relevant to his/her organization, explains the situation and its impact on the organization's business model, shares the company's approach to resolution, and invites student questions. Our guest may come with a formal presentation using presentation software such as PowerPoint or make use of handouts and other media. Or our guest may be very informal and invite student interaction by asking how they would approach resolution.

Some guests have spoken to unique challenges faced by their industry such as outsourcing, off shoring, collaborations, partnerships, labor/management relations, business ethics, global issues affecting their company and/or the northeast Indiana economy, and their perception of good learning experiences for business students in preparation for careers. The ethics of conducting business in our guest's industry comes up in many discussions.



Spring 2013

Matt Barnes, Financial Consultant ProFed Financial Advisors

Tom Ellis,  President of the Ellis company


Fall 2012

John Peirce, Fort Wayne Community Schools School Board

Tom Beaver, Owner of Indiana Stamp, Inc.

Spring 2012

Karl LaPan, CEO of Northeast Indiana Innovation Center


Fall 2011

Lena Yarian, President of Junior Achievement

Marilyn Moran-Townsend, CEO of CVC Communications

Spring 2011

Debra F. Williams,  Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Parkview Health

Andi Udris, President of The Alliance


Spring 2010

Mike Packnet, CEO of Parkview Health

Mark Rupp, CPA and Entrepreneur


Fall J.L. Nave, III, President and CEO from the Fort Wayne Philharmonic