Faculty Profile

Wendell Seaborne, PhD

Dean, Doctoral Studies & Academic Research



Dr. Wendell Seaborne is Dean of Doctoral Studies & Academic Research. He was formerly Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and served as the Chief Academic Officer for Franklin University. Prior to his appointment as SVPAA, he served as Dean of Doctoral Studies, Department Chair for Business Administration Programs, Program Chair for the Doctor of Business Administration Program and Lead Faculty in the Masters of Business Administration program.

Dr. Seaborne’s full-time academic career has spanned two universities. First was Anderson University’s Falls School of Business in Anderson, Indiana from 1999 to 2011. He served as an adjunct in the MBA program, Associate Professor of Finance and Business, Associate Professor of Management and, finally, promoted to Professor of Management. He also served as the Director of Global Programs and two years as the chair of the university’s Graduate Council.

Dr. Seaborne joined Franklin University in May 2011 in the MBA Program. He has taught in Franklin’s MBA program in Poland, Slovakia, Oman, Macedonia and Ukraine. He served as chair of Franklin’s Graduate Council and as President of the Faculty Senate. He is also the Immediate Past President of the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for the Great Lakes Region and serves a peer-reviewer for other members’ programs.

Dr. Seaborne holds a BA in Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington, an MBA from Anderson University with a Finance concentration and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. His academic research and consulting interests lie in the field of developing leaders, implementing change, strengthening teams and strategy. His dissertation topic involved the use of leadership style and empowerment. He enjoys public speaking on these and a host of topics. Additionally, he holds a great personal interest in genealogy.


Regent University (Virginia Beach, Virginia)
Doctor of Philosophy, Organizational Leadership
Anderson University (Anderson, Indiana)
Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science


Protecting Human Research Participants, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research
Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies, Regent University

Work Experience

2020 - Present
Franklin University, Dean, Doctoral Studies & Academic Research
2018 - 2019
Franklin University, Dean, Doctoral Studies; Department Chair, Business Administration; Program Chair, Doctor of Business Administration; Lead Faculty, MBA
2017 - 2018
Franklin University, Department Chair, Business Administration & Director of Doctoral Studies, Franklin University
2016 - 2017
Franklin University, Lead Faculty & Director of Doctoral Studies & Chair, DBA
2011 - 2016
Franklin University, Lead Faculty

Publications & Presentations

Petrizzo-Wilkins, D., Seaborne, W., & Seiler, T. (2016, Dec. 31). Implementing a New Kind of DBA at Franklin University. IACBE Annual Conference and Assembly Meeting, Memphis, TN.
Seiler, T., & Seaborne, W. (2015, Jun. 5). Deficiencies in Doctoral Education. Franklin University Teaching and Learning Conference, Columbus, Ohio.
Seiler, T., & Seaborne, W. (2014, Nov. 30). Overcoming Doctoral Education Deficiencies. Scholarship Learning Showcase, Franklin University, Columbus, OH.
Seaborne, W. (2012). The Tie to Trust. The Challenges for Leadership, Values, and Happiness (pp. 251-262). University Press America. www.rowman.com
Seaborne, W. (2012, Mar. 10). Strategic Planning. Board Retreat, Noblesville, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2011, Nov. 4). Strategic Planning. Board Retreat, Noblesville, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2011, Aug. 22). Moving Forward by Advancing Change. Annual Departmental Kickoff, Allendale, MI.
Seaborne, W. (2010, Nov. 17). Are you Culturally Nutritious?. Indiana Governor's Regional Conference on Service & Volunteerism, Terre Haute, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2010, Oct. 13). Strategic Planning. Board Retreat, Noblesville, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2010, Oct. 11). Strategic Planning. Board Retreat, Noblesville, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2010, Sep. 30). The Leadership Challenge. Annual Regional Meeting, Angola, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2009, Oct. 23). Strategic Planning. Board Retreat, Noblesville, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2009, Oct. 1). Strategy Planning. Board Retreat, Anderson, IN.
Seaborne, W. (2009, Sep. 15). Fishers Cultural Alliance & Fishers Arts Council Merger. Strategic Planning - Five Year, Fishers, IN.

Professional Service

Faculty Senate
(Columbus, Ohio)
Graduate Council
Committee Member
Graduate Council
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2013
Committee Member
Faculty Development
(Columbus, Ohio) End Date: 2012
Graduate Council
(Anderson, Indiana) End Date: 2005