Dr. Lorna DeShay graduated from Northcentral University in Prescott, AZ with a PhD in Marketing. She holds a MSA in Leadership from Central Michigan University, and a BFA in Fashion Merchandising from Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. DeShay has over thirty years of experience in marketing in various industries: higher education, non-profit, publishing, and construction. She has a passion towards the success of students and believes it originates from the instructor’s ability to gain influence, buy-in, and communicating to students that their thoughts and opinions matter, which strengthens the learning partnerships. She enjoys working out and is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Currently she is an Adjunct Instructor of Marketing with Columbia International University.