Schumacher Chosen to Lead Ph.D.

Indiana Tech is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Lillian B. Schumacher as director of the Ph.D. in Global Leadership. She joins the university on Monday, May 18.

Dr. Schumacher currently serves as director of assessment and institutional effectiveness at Chancellor University in Cleveland. Her prior experience includes serving as director of graduate programs and later as assessment coordinator for the Keith Busse School of Business at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Schumacher joining our academic team,” said Dr. Elaine Pontillo, vice president for academic affairs. “She brings us a tremendous amount of expertise and experience in leadership studies and program development, along with an understanding of global issues gained through years of travel and life abroad.”

Dr. Schumacher has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and corporate environments. She also brings an international perspective to the global leadership program, having lived and traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia.

Dr. Schumacher earned her doctor of education (Ed.D.) in leadership studies at Bowling Green State University. She also holds master’s degrees in organization development and higher education/college student personnel from Bowling Green. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics at Allegheny College.

Indiana Tech is accepting applications until July 1 for the launch of the Ph.D. program in August. The program is designed for students to develop a deeper understanding of what leadership means in the global environment. Each student will choose a specialty addressing his or her own goals:

  • Organizational management, for those aspiring to leadership roles in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors
  • Academic administration, for those seeking leadership roles in higher education

For more information on the Ph.D. in Global Leadership, visit

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