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John Hargadon , M.B.A.

Interim Academic Program Director of General Business


John Hargadon will be serving as Interim Program Director of the General Business Program, transitioning from full-time faculty, where he has served Columbia Southern University for over a year. Prior to joining the faculty, John was the Director of the Academic Advising Center for almost two years, so he has been with CSU for about three years altogether.

John comes to the current position with a breadth of experience in multiple industries, including higher education administration, restaurant and hospitality, manufacturing, and the military. He spent several years managing restaurants prior to joining the U. S. Marine Corps in 1998. After nine years on active duty, during which he completed his B.S. in Management and MBA, John completed his service and joined a manufacturing facility, where he spent four years leading multiple departments in the manufacturing of HVAC air handlers.

John completed his B.S. in Management from Park University in 2002, and his MBA from University of West Florida in 2006. He has also completed all course work and comprehensive final exams toward his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, with a concentration in Human Resource Development, from Regent University, leaving only his dissertation to fully completing his doctorate. He anticipates clearing this final hurdle within the next year.

John’s research interests include servant leadership, Marine Corps leadership, learner autonomy, human resource development, and youth leadership development. He has presented on several of these topics at such prestigious events as the Global Research Roundtable on Servant Leadership in Melbourne, Australia, the Autonomous Learning World Caucus in Oxford, England, and the International Leadership Association’s Annual Conference. John is an active member of the International Leadership Association and the Academy of Management, preparing and delivering presentations at multiple events around the world.

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