Lester A. Hudson Jr.
Les Hudson is Professor of Strategy and the Wayland H. Cato, Jr., Chair in Leadership in the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte where he teaches Strategic Management, both as a capstone course for seniors and as a strategy course for MBA students.
Dr. Hudson is currently the Presiding Director of American Electric Power Company in Columbus, Ohio, and Chair of its Directors and Corporate Governance Committee; a director of American National Bankshares and the American National Bank and Trust Company in Virginia; a trustee of The Sirrine Foundation in South Carolina, and a member of the Advisory Council of Furman University and the President's Advisory Board of Wofford College.
Les earned the Ph.D. in Industrial Management at Clemson University in 1997 after working in industrial operations and corporate management for more than twenty-five years. He served as President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of two textile companies, one listed on the New York Stock Exchange and one privately owned.
Prior to joining the faculty at Queens, he taught business strategy at Clemson University for five years at both the graduate and undergraduate level. His research interests include competition, corporate strategy, corporate governance, and strategic decisions concerning capacity expansion. He has a B. A. degree in economics from Furman University and a M. B. A. degree from the University of South Carolina.
Les combines his practical experience as a manager and executive, his current activities as a director of major public corporations, and his academic background to examine critical issues facing managers in today's challenging environments. When teaching, he integrates academic principles and theories with real-world experiences to address current issues, an approach which is received enthusiastically by his students.