Dr. Sean Hannah

Sean Hannah imageSean T. Hannah is currently the Tylee Wilson Chair of Business Ethics and Professor of Management at Wake Forest University. He also directs the Center for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest.

Dr. Hannah recently retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army and, prior to his appointment to the Wilson Chair at Wake Forest, he served for five years as the first Director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) at West Point – The United States Military Academy, in NY. CAPE is the Army's overall proponent and subject matter experts for the profession, ethics, and character-based leader development.

He previously served as the Director of Leadership and Management Programs at West Point. Dr. Hannah has served in command and staff positions in infantry units in Europe, Cuba, Panama, Southwest Asia, and the United States. He served in combat with the lead unit of 3d Armored Division during Desert Storm, where his unit was awarded the Valorous Unit Award and he the Bronze Star; and also in other contingency operations such as Operation Sea Signal (Panama and Cuba) and Joint Task Force Los Angeles (LA Riots). He was in the Pentagon on 9/11 and the day after the attack was assigned as the Budget Director of Resource Services-Washington, the Army organization that sustained the highest casualty level in the attack, and led the reconstitution of that organization and its processes and systems to reestablish a $32 billion dollar budget. He has served from the lowest tactical levels to the highest strategic levels, having worked for two Chiefs of Staff of the Army and an Assistant Secretary of the Army. Upon his retirement he was awarded the Legion of Merit to honor his 26 years of service

Dr. Hannah holds a PhD in management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master's of business administration from Syracuse University, a master's of arts in public administration from Syracuse University, a master's in national security studies from the Marine Corps University, and a bachelor's in political science from California State University.

He sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Leadership Quarterly, and Business Ethics Quarterly. He has over 60 publications on leadership including papers in the premier management journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Journal of Organizational Behavior; the Leadership Quarterly, Business Ethics Quarterly, and many others.

An engaged and effective educator and trainer, he synthesizes his research and practical leadership experience to engage students and leaders and enhance their learning. Beyond university teaching he has conducted over 150 executive education programs with major corporations and other organizations on leadership, leader development, and character development.