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John Bennett , PhD, PCC, BCC

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, MS in Organization Development & Director, MS in Executive Coaching
  • McColl School of Business

John L. Bennett, Ph.D., PCC, BCC is an Associate Professor of Business & Behavioral Science, Director of the MS in Organization Development, and Director of the MS in Executive Coaching  at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. He teaches graduate courses in executive coaching and organization development. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at academic, professional, and client conferences and workshops. John is an executive coach, management consultant, educator, and author.

He has more than 30 years of progressively challenging and successful experience creating, leading and being a part of change in various industries. John was CEO of an American Red Cross biomedical services division, where he led pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations and the development and delivery of essential human services. John has also led mergers and turnarounds in new product development, marketing and computer system designs and installations. He served as CEO of The Foundation of Coaching, a project of the Harnisch Foundation and as senior vice president and Talent Solutions Director for Lee Hecht Harrison.

As an executive coach and consultant, John has helped individual, team and organizations in a variety of industries prepare for, excel through and improve through change for nearly 15 years.

John is author of numerous articles about building organizational resilience to change, coaching, communication, innovative team based management and leadership as well as two books: Leading the Edge of Change and The Essential Network. In 2005 and 2006, John co-edited the International Coach Federation’s Annual Coaching Research Symposium Proceedings. His latest book is Coaching for Change (Routledge, 2014).

Current and recent consulting and coaching client work has impacted a variety of for-profit, not-for-profit, and government (city, county, and federal) organizations representing a wide-range of fields including biomedical, construction, defense, financial services, higher education, human services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional servicees.

John earned a MPA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA and Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF),  the Certified Management Consultant credential through the Institute of Management Consultants, and the Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential through the Center for Credentialing & Education.

He is actively involved in several professional organizations including the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association, ICF, Organization Development Network, and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Currently, John serves as President of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching, Vice President of the NC Industrial and Organizational Psychology Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society. In 2010, he was named a charter Fellow in The Lewin Center and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching which is an affilitate of Harvard Medical School.

His research interests include executive readiness for coaching, coaching styles, skill acquisition of executive coaches, and the influence of lived-experience on the work of scholar-practitioners. He is the principal investigator for a multi-year program evaluation and research project, "Ordination Preparation Program Evaluation and Congregational Leader Development Study", which is funded by The Duke Endowment and being conducted in collaboration with the NC Conference of the United Methodist Church.


  • BS; Mars Hill College
  • MPA; UNC Greensboro
  • MA  - Human and Organizational Systems; Fielding Graduate University
  • PhD  - Human and Organizational Systems; Fielding Graduate University


  • Excellence in Teaching 2013 McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
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