Doctor of Philosophy, Walden University

Master of Arts, National University

Bachelor of Arts, Union University

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Michael Reilly

Michael Reilly, PhD

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Dr. Michael Reilly is the former Executive Dean of the Forbes School of Business at Ashford University and is now a full-time faculty member. Dr. Reilly has been at Ashford since 2007. His academic interests include labor economics, general management, and operations management. Dr. Reilly coauthored the text book entitled The Five Functions of Effective Management, currently used in the MGT 330 Management for Organizations course, in addition to developing numerous degree programs offered within the Forbes School of Business. Prior to joining Ashford University, Dr. Reilly served over 30 years as faculty member, dean, and chair for several colleges and universities and as an entrepreneur and consultant to management. He is deeply involved in the San Diego, California community, including founding k-12 charter schools, serving on not-for-profit and community boards, and assisting with numerous fundraising efforts. He currently sits on the San Diego Blood Bank Board of Directors. Dr. Reilly holds a PhD from Walden University, a Master of Arts degree from National University, and a BA from Union University.