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John Bennett , MPA, PhD, PCC, BCC

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

John L. Bennett is Associate Professor of Business & Behavioral Science, Director of the MS in Organization Development and Executive Coaching programs with the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. In addition to teaching, he is a frequent speaker and presenter at academic, professional, and client conferences and workshops.

He has nearly 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, new product development, marketing and technology system designs and integrations. 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 individuals, teams, and organizations in a variety of industries prepare for and excel 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. His (co-authored with Mary Wayne Bush) latest book is Coaching for Change (Routledge). In 2012, he led the Steering Committee for the first Future of Coaching Summit.

His recent and current consulting and executive coaching clients include for-profit and not-for-profit, organizations in government, biomedical, construction, education, defense, financial services, higher education, human services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional services.

John earned a BS degree from Mars Hill College, 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) and 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 (APA), ICF, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). John is the immediate past-president of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching and currently serves as chair of the NCIOP. He was named a charter Fellow in The Lewin Center and a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching, which is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

He is principal investigator for a multi-year program evaluation and research project: “Ordination Preparation Program Evaluation and Congregational Leader Development Study”, is funded by The Duke Endowment and is 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


  • Charter Fellow 2010 The Institute of Coaching
  • Fellow 2010 The Lewin Center
  • Excellence in Teaching 2013 McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte
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