Faculty Bio: Douglas W. Fisher

Douglas W. Fisher

Interim Chair, Department of Business

Courses

  • Principles of Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Organizational Process Improvement
  • Organizational Change Management
  • Training and Development

Teaching Philosophy

My inspiration for teaching is receiving emails from students letting me know they got their dream job or promotion.

I teach because I enjoy helping people succeed, and I want to give back to Central Penn, the educational system that provided me so many fine professionals during my years in business. I feel my real-world experience––more than 30 years as an executive––will benefit students in their professional careers. I also look forward to learning from them and growing daily.

I am committed to assisting students learn in a classroom environment that closely simulates a “real-world” business experience. While succeeding in your professional career, it is my hope that you will look back on our time together and realize the hard work and expectation was valuable in both your knowledge and professionalism.

Bio

Doug Fisher is the interim chair, Department of Business. In that role, he oversees the business, accounting and graduate studies programs. As a business professor, he also teaches a wide variety of business courses. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Central Penn, Fisher was the president of four companies during a successful 35-year business career. Most recently, he served as the president of DynaTech Generators in Lebanon, Pa., as well as CSSI and CSSI Global, technology firms based in Lewisburg, Pa., and Bangalore, India. Before joining CSSI, he served 10 years as the chief operations officer for AFS Energy Systems, one of the nation’s leading providers of renewable energy biomass systems. He was responsible for all aspects of manufacturing, finance, marketing and business development.

He also was vice president of Marketing and Internet Technology for BISYS, a leading outsourcing provider for the financial services industry. He was responsible for all aspects of marketing and internet strategy, including key client and financial analyst presentations, branding strategies, communications and public relations as well as internet planning, development, implementation and sales. He expanded BISYS’ position as an industry leader growing annual sales from $20 million to $250 million.

Prior to BISYS, Fisher was the founder and president of Advanced Technology Automation (ATA), Inc., a total-solution technology provider for businesses. He was responsible for all sales and operations strategy, founding and building the company from a regional provider to a national presence.

Over the past 20 years, he also consulted with many firms across the country, assisting business leaders in eliminating their challenges, working less and making more. His positioning statement is “Great Lives for Great Leaders.” He helped several struggling companies reverse their fortunes and thrive in the marketplace.

Fisher speaks frequently at industry events, conferences and graduate business schools to discuss business and technology strategy. He has been a contributing writer for the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies Technology magazine and has been featured in Toastmaster magazine.

Education

  • Master of Science in Management, Troy University, Troy, Ala.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications, Emphasis in Broadcasting, Penn State University – Main Campus, University Park, Pa.

Certifications

  • LEAN Certified
  • Toastmasters International – Area Governor, Speech Champion

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