Diana Gilmer Echols, D.M.

Diana Gilmer Echols, D.M.

Tutorial Assistant Professor Of Business


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Diana Gilmer Echols

Diana is a learning and development professional with a proven record of developing and launching learning programs for corporations and academic institutions. She has educated adult learners for more than 10 years in both academic and corporate environments. As an educator, Diana specializes in management, leadership, and business administration disciplines having taught everything from foundational to capstone courses. As an administrator, she successfully managed graduate and undergraduate degree programs. She led business schools to new levels of success by obtaining special accreditation, industry alignment distinctions, and the development of student learning outcome assessment processes. She enjoys educating adult learners and guiding them to academic goal completion. As a practitioner, Diana has managed cross-functional teams and operated her own businesses.

Diana is committed to lifelong learning. This commitment is evidenced by her academic career, which includes a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Management from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Management with a concentration in International Management from Troy State University, and a Doctorate in Management and Organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix, School of Advances Studies. As a community leader, she is a board member of Victory Innovative Christian Academy, a private secondary school, a board member of the Parks of Cedar Grove Home Owners Association, and a supporter of the L&A Memorial Academy located in Accra, Ghana (Africa).


Management and Organizational Leadership, Human Resource Management & Marketing

University of Phoenix, School of Advanced Studies, Phoenix, AZ
D.M. Management and Organizational Leadership
Dissertation: “A quantitative descriptive analysis to determine how post-secondary education in international business and management impacts American expatriate managerial success””
Troy State
M.S. Management – International Business
University of Maryland
B.S. Business and Management
Computer Applications
Scholarly Activities

International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE)
Scholarly Works Paper Reviewer 2014 – Present

Echols, D. & Norris, E. (2014). The pitfalls of selecting American expatriate managers: A narrative literature review. European
Journal of Management
, 14(3), 53-62.

Conference Presentation:  The Pitfalls of Selecting American Expatriate Managers: A Narrative Literature Review. International
Academy of Business and Economics. October, 2014.

Professional Experience

Argosy University, Orange, CA
Associate Dean- Undergraduate Business Programs: 2012 – 2014
Managed undergraduate (A.S. BA  & B.S. BA) and graduate business degree programs (MBA, MSM, & MSHRM) and led the development of the bachelor level competency based degree offering  that obtained regional accreditation approval.

Strayer University, Virginia Beach, VA
Chair- Graduate Business Programs & Faculty: 2009 – 2013
Provided support to the School Dean leading and managing the school’s strategic and tactical objectives
Taught graduate and undergraduate students business courses.

Amerigroup Corporation, Virginia Beach, VA
Corporate Development Trainer: 2007 – 2009
Facilitated professional and technical competency development training to improve the interpersonal, decision-making, and managerial skills of management teams and call center personnel.