Associate Professor Gerald Seals has taught management, business ethics, business law, organizational behavior, human resource management, conflict and negotiations, and strategic management since 2005. For more than twenty years, prior to his arrival and during his tenure with Newberry College, Professor Seals owned several businesses and successfully served several cities and a county as a highly regarded “change agent” chief executive officer. Seals is a highly sought after management consultant and has worked with the U. S. Defense Department and was one of three executives who advise Orange County, California sought after it declared the largest municipal bankruptcy. Professor Seals was instrumental in establishing the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency, one of the largest public risk management pools in America, having served as its Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Professor Seals is the recipient of numerous awards for managerial excellence. In addition to having received several Who’s Who, and identified as an Outstanding Young Man of America, the State of Kentucky honors him as a Kentucky Colonel. Professor Seals is the recipient of the prestigious Order of the Silver Crescent from the State of South Carolina.
As a sought after speaker and presenter, Professor Seals has addressed a variety of organizations, including the House Appropriation Sub-Committee on D. C. Government-United States House of Representatives, the International City-County Management Association, the American Planning Association, the National Review Institute’s Conservative Summit, and the Uban Innovation in Illinois Awards Conference. The Defense Department honored him as a distinguished trainer and guest speaker to future leaders (all holding the rank of colonel) of the Army Management Staff College Class 92-1.
Professor Seals has written articles that have appeared in the National Review Institute’s Charleston Summit, Reason, The Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, the highly regarded Washington Times published journal, The World and I-A Chronicle. The South Carolina Policy Council published his article, “Broken Promises, Budget Distress and Voter Anger.” The ICS Press published his first book in 1995, "Taming City Hall," which has been used as a secondary college text. Professor Seals served on the editorial board of the ICMA book, Managing Small Cities. Recently, Professor Seals’ contribution to a customized textbook, Basic Business Law, earned him co-authorship status. Professor Seals is one of only a handful of individuals who have received the coveted ‘AAA’ credit rating from Standard & Poors, Moody’s Investor Service, and Fitch IBC.
Professor Seals serves as pastor of the Living Word Church and Fellowship. He graduated from Columbia’s Eau Claire High School, the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Public Administration, and the University of Denver with a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy. He did additional graduate work in community development with an emphasis in municipal administration with Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a doctoral student, in the dissertation phase, at Capella University, specializing in organization and management attending.
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