10 questions with

George LehmanGeorge Lehman

What excites you the most about teaching management?
Seeing when students begin to get an idea of how they can be effective and live out their values in management.

When did you first know that you were destined to be a professor?
I had a 20-year career in health care administration and while there, I had always thought I wanted to be a teacher. Then, I received a direct call from the dean to teach in 1994 because of my known interest.

What was your favorite class to teach and why?
I teach exclusively in the masters program. Theory and practice of management is my favorite course to teach because it shows the historical views of management and how it has changed. It shows people that management is different in different times and places and that there are different answers for each situation.

What is your favorite place on campus?
Riley Creek. I enjoy walking over the bridges on campus and seeing the different changes the creek goes through during the year.

When you are not teaching, what do you enjoy doing?
Cooking. I enjoy exploring with different ethnic foods: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Mexican, Thai. I also enjoy going out to restaurants to try these different foods.

What was the first job?
Out of college, my first job was as director of the voluntary service program for the General Conference Mennonite Church.

What did you learn from this first job experience?
Being the director of the voluntary service program helped show me the level of responsibility I would need for the leadership positions I am in now.

What extracurricular activities were you involved in when you were a college student?
Choir and stints on the tennis and football teams. I also played ping pong on campus with my professors at that time.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. I enjoy sitting by the ocean.

What are some things on your 'bucket list'?
I enjoy international travel and want to continue traveling. I would also like to start an additional masters program to add to the range of options we currently offer and incorporate both face-to-face and online learning opportunities in this program.