Richard Swersey, PhD

Assistant Professor of Management


  • PhD, Industrial Engineering / Operations Research, University of California (Berkeley)
  • MS, Mining, University of California (Berkeley)
  • BS, Mining Engineering, Columbia University
  • AB, Pre-engineering, Columbia University

Courses Taught

  • MGMT 4335
  • MGMT 4396
  • MGMT 6374
  • MGMT 6376
  • MGMT 6389
  • MGMT 6390

Teaching Focus

Business strategy, international business, entrepreneurship

Research Interests

Non-profit management evolution, Social costs of non-profit business enterprises through production function analysis, Growth strategies for non-profit organizations, Operations monitoring for small business.

Additional Information

DeVry University- Houston Campus       10/06 -8/16

Professor: College of Business & Management.   Taught undergraduate and MBA level courses in Principles of Management, Operations Management, Statistics, Economics, and Small Business/Entrepreneurship.

Re-developed a university-wide courses in Small Business Plan Writing and Innovation and New Product Development

The Brookwood Community, Controller       3/02-3/08

Responsible for all aspects of financial functions- accounting (G/L, payables, receivables, fixed assets), cash management, endowment investments, insurance, annual financial statements, annual audit, business controls, monthly operating reports.  Supervised a staff of 5

Peace & Patch Christian Books & Gifts, Houston, TX, Co-owner       10/97-12/01

ExxonMobil Corp.       (6/69-6/95)       Corporate Affairs Manager, Exxon Coal & Minerals (1982-1995)

Supervised a department responsible for strategic planning, business analysis, mergers, acquisitions, and financing of Exxon’s portfolio of coal, minerals, and power generation investments.

Other Management Positions within ExxonMobil (1969-1982)

During my career at ExxonMobil I held a variety of management positions in diverse fields such as: Information Systems, International Marketing (LPG and Lubes), and International Supply & Transportation.

Major Accomplishments:
  • Managed the design and implementation of a world-wide real-time financial reporting system, when real-time computing was in its infancy (1974).
  • Managed the sale of coal assets and a joint venture agreement for a minerals investment; led several minerals/coal acquisition and sales studies.
  • Developed a time dynamic base metals price forecasting model, which explicitly forecast price cycles. This model was used to provide a pricing basis in the evaluation of capital projects and new ventures.
  • During the “oil shortage” crisis of 1979, my staff and I were responsible for design and obtaining management approval of a crude oil allocation system that optimally balanced the demand for products of Exxon’s worldwide customers, with internal refining capacities, crude oil availabilities, and external product purchases

University of Pennsylvania, Asst. Professor of Industry and Operations Research       1/66-6/69

Taught courses at the MBA and PhD level in various aspects of Production Management and Operations Research.  Carried out sponsored research and consulting projects for a variety of both industrial and governmental clients.

University of California (Berkeley), Research Assistant        9/60 -12/65

Carried out sponsored research on the economics of Forest Fire suppression techniques.

Personal Interests or Hobbies

Church activities, reading, crossword puzzles.

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