Central Penn College - William Habacivch

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William Habacivch, M.A., Ph.D. Candidate
Assistant Professor, Business Administration

Academic Bio

Assistant Professor, Administration and Leadership Studies, Research Training Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dixon University Center Harrisburg PA. Responsible for research and development projects involving private and public initiatives - Expertise lies in technology and knowledge transfer, entrepreneurship an business startup operations (to include wages, benefits, and tax planning). November 2013 – March 2015.

Owner and founding Principal of Habacivch & Associates LLC, an Ameriprise Financial Franchise. 2001 thru 2008: Provided high level financial advice and planning to high net worth individuals, small business owners and non-profit organizations and foundations (including wage, benefit, and tax calculations and payment). Built the practice to $45 million under management in 8 years. Sold practice in 2009.

Principal and Managing Partner, BATGA LLC. 2001 thru 2011: Developed and marketed and submitted for patent a fire/explosion/suppression product, appellation (X-net), designed to inhibit explosions in fuel tanks caused by munitions and IED’s. The company was able to take advantage of a 5 million dollar testing set aside for Fuel Tank Explosive Mitigation Technologies. Government testing on the X-net product was conducted at the following facilities: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, The National Automotive Testing Center Nevada, Wright Patterson AFB, and USN Testing site at China Lake. All tests proved successful including 20 year life cycle testing.

Managing Partner, of Patriot K-9 Services LLC, dba Admiral K-9 Academy. 2002 thru 2009: Developed standards and certification procedures for K-9’s and K-9 teams. Developed and submitted for patent a certification chamber that measures very fine and detail trace elements of explosive or narcotic samples that a canine is trained to detect. Drafted the US Coast Guard Standards/Procedures for K-9 deployment in port security arenas with an emphasis on ferry and cruise ship operations. Provided K-9 teams for The USS Sequoia, The Presidential Yacht, Valero oil refineries, and schools. Made various presentations at Infra Guard (FBI) conferences in San Antonio, Texas and Washington DC. Sold in 2009.

Founding Partner and Principal, Appalachian Brewing Company Harrisburg PA. 1995 thru 2006: A microbrewery and restaurant complex in the heart of Harrisburg PA. The company grew from its base location on Cameron Street to boast numerous locations. Quaffable beer is bottled and distributed to multiple states and many outlets. Sold in 2006.

Founding Partner, Polir Global Recycling. 1995-1998: A laser toner and ink jet recycling company founded with my cousin James Colombo in Altoona PA. The company is still owned and operated by Colombo and sells recycled products to business, institutions and individuals. Sold position 2004

United States Justice Department Federal Bureau of Prisons- 1991-1996: Worked as an economist, marketing and sales representative for Federal Prison Industries (FPI). These factories receive no appropriated funds from Congress and must operate profitably, employing as many inmates as possible. By combining the purchasing power of 93 factories our team was able to significantly reduce cost to and delivery times of raw materials to our factories. Initial savings from purchasing consolidation activities saved an estimated 62 million dollars in raw material cost annually. Served as a Congressional liaison member, educating members of Congress concerning the critical mission of prison industries.

Director, Jefferson area Community Diversion Program, Staunton VA. 1987 thru 1989: Sent to Staunton VA from Charlottesville VA to establish a prison diversion program with the courts in the city of Staunton and Augusta County. lobbied judges to accept the program on its potential merits, to divert non-violent offenders from prison sentences by subjecting them to my supervision. Under direction they found employment, paid court costs and restitution, attend treatment/ or training if deemed appropriate and remain drug free. In 14 months the program grew to 81 divertees.

Publications & Presentations

  • An Inquiry Into the Nature of Veteran Entrepreneurship, Dissertation, anticipated completion/publication (2017) Dissertation Chair:, Dr. John Anderson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
  • Ted Hartz (co-author), US Coast Guard Standards/Procedures for K-9 Port Security, US Coast Guard (2006)
  • K-9 Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation Infra Guard Conference, San Antonio, TX (2003)
  • K-9 Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation Infra Guard Conference, Washington, D.C. (2003).

Personal Bio

Assistant Professor William Habacivch is a recent addition to the Central Penn Colleges faculty team, Mr. Habacivch is a Ph.D. Candidate ( Phi Kappa Phi) in the Indiana University of Pennsylvanian – Administration and Leadership Studies program. Mr. Habacivch is focusing his doctoral dissertation on veteran entrepreneurship. Prior to returning to graduate school in 2011, Mr. Habacivch successfully launched, ran and operated a number of small businesses in central, Pennsylvania helping to create hundreds of jobs over a decade and a half. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Economics from Temple University, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from The University of South Carolina (Member Omnicron Delta Epsilon) and was a member of two United States Marine Corps, Gold Medal winning infantry Super Squads (1982-83) attaining the rank of Sergeant of Marines. Mr. Habacivch was awarded a Navy achievement medal for cross training Kenyan and Thailand military personnel i n combat operations. He was also a member of the Marine Expeditionary Forces Beirut Lebanon. Mr. Habacivch is married to his wife Susan of 31 years. He has five incredible children. And he shares hearth, home and field with the worlds best bird dog, a vizsla named Ruby. 

Teaching Philosophy

My general inclination towards teaching is steeped in the use of Socratic methods and conversational story telling. I believe this approach leads to the illumination and connectivity of concepts to our social activities, behaviors and outcomes. I relish exploring with students the nature of learning and leading students to developing skill sets in learning how to learn. This is accomplished endogenously via in class cooperative methods that promote interaction, learning by doing, as well as exogenously through the exploration of outside reading, sources and examples. Being a learning people is particularly important as it has become clearer that knowledge, not land, not capital nor asset possession is the cornerstone to wealth creation and innovation (Stiglitz, Greenwald, 2014), (Lorenz, Lundvall 2006)

I encourage students, by leading a conversation based upon historic precepts, human experiences, and stories. A conversation that encourages students to participate and dialogue in a safe environment freed from fear of man ( fear of how others might think of us). In these conversations and stories I hope to draw from students their individual cognitive strengths using notions of applicative appreciative inquiry (Cooperrider, Whitney, 2005). I hope to enhance the learning experience of students by encouraging them to use their strengths to become better student’s. I greatly enjoy bringing the cosmos into the classroom or dialogue via periodicals such as the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and the Economist magazine (more story telling). The WSJ has a very neat program that caterers’ to professors who teach the entrepreneurship, economics and finance. These two publications generate quite a stir of conversation and help students to connect theory and concepts to the real wor ld and themselves. When the student can make these connections the student “owns” the knowledge and is capable building deeper knowledge and transferring that knowledge to others.

I encourage, teach and mentor in this manner because I’m comfortable with myself and students by having a conversation. It seems natural and easy. I believe we are best wired to receive and transfer knowledge this way.


  • PhD. Candidate (ABA), Indiana University of Pennsylvania - Present
  • MA. Economics, Temple University, Philadelphia PA-1991
  • BS. Economics, University of South Carolina, Columbia SC 1986

Courses & Subjects

  • BUS 215
  • BUS 470
  • BUS 270