Dean of Virginia Wesleyan University Global Campus

Dr. Paul L. Ewell

Dr. Paul L. Ewell is the Dean of Virginia Wesleyan University Global Campus. He received his DBA from Nova Southeastern University, MBA from Salisbury University, and his BA from Virginia Wesleyan College. He has been the recipient of the Samuel Nelson Gray Award and was selected as a Munson Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities for The American Maritime People - Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport. He serves as the co-chair of the Department of Management, Business, and Economics and as the director of the MBA Graduate Program at Virginia Wesleyan University. He teaches courses in supply chain management and logistics, operations management, information systems, and project management at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Ewell’s research involves examining the organizational implications of leadership characteristics and managerial information system applications on supply chain efficiency and effectiveness, particularly in the maritime arena. Additionally, he has conducted extensive research on the evolution of leadership practices from a maritime heritage perspective particularly in the 19th century focusing on the coastwise maritime trade. In addition, Dr. Ewell is the co-founder and executive director of the Eastern Shore Watermen’s Museum and Research Center where his focus in on Chesapeake Bay and Coastal Atlantic maritime economies (transportation and commercial fishing) from both modern and historical perspectives. He has published numerous papers and presented at various conferences on various maritime issues. He serves as the chair of the Education and Training Committee for the Virginia Maritime Association and as president of the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association for Supply Chain Management. Dr. Ewell works closely with the National Working Waterfronts Network to advocate for maritime spaces and access. He presents widely on maritime issues and serves on the Speakers Bureau for the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Virginia, and is active with the Society for Industrial Archeology.

Dr. Ewell is a native of the Eastern Shore of Virginia and splits his time between his home on the Eastern Shore and his secondary home in Virginia Beach with his wife, Sandra, who is also a Virginia Wesleyan College alumna. He is a licensed commercial fisherman and devotes much of his spare time to all things maritime.