Stephen Spinelli, Jr., Ph.D., Philadelphia University's President, led its strategic transformation, including a capital campaign spearheaded by a $20 million gift to endow the Maurice Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce. He has held leadership positions at Babson College and many prominent associations, and serves on several boards. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from The Management School, Imperial College (London); an MBA from Babson College, and a BA in Economics from McDaniel College. He began his professional life as co-founder of Jiffy Lube.
Heather McGowan, an entrepreneurial strategy consultant, specializes in leading and communicating transformational change. At Philadelphia University, she developed strategy, curriculum, and advisory networks for the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce (DEC), winner of the 2012 Core 77 global competition for innovation in design education. She has advised executives at several startups, and brought 25+ products to market. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.