Dr. Leroy VanWhy

Associate Professor of Business & Leadership lpvanwhy@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BS in Workforce Education and Development (Specialization in Education and Training), Southern Illinois University
MBA, Southeastern University
PhD in Organizational Leadership, Regent University


Dr. VanWhy is married to Donna and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.  Dr. Leroy VanWhy came to Southeastern in 2006 after serving two years on the mission field in the Republic of the Philippines, where he worked with a feeding program for indigent children. Initially hired on staff as an admission counselor, he was promoted to various positions until becoming the associate director of admission. While in that position, he also attended school full time to complete his MBA at Southeastern. Dr. VanWhy completed his PhD in Organizational Leadership through Regent University.

Dr. VanWhy has also graduated from many Navy and Army leadership schools, including Officer Candidate School; Leadership, Management, Education, and Training; and the Army Officer Basic course. Upon completion of active military service, Dr. VanWhy worked in construction engineering and design for a major National Defense contractor, General Dynamics Corporation, Electric Boat Division, for 17 years. Additionally, he holds ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God denomination.

Dr. VanWhy has traveled and/or lived in 11 countries, fulfilling various roles such as the communication coordinator of missions work to indigent children, Navy nuclear missile technician, Army engineer officer, etc., and therefore is well-equipped to teach at Southeastern with a global cross-cultural perspective.

Dr. VanWhy teaches the following courses at Southeastern: Leadership Theory, Followership, and Organizational Change in the PhD/DSL program.  He also teaches Organizational Behavior, Leading Organizational Change and Great Leaders through History at the undergraduate level.  Periodically, Dr. VanWhy teaches for the MBA program as well.