Dr. Rod Hewlett


Dr. Hewlett is co-founder and key researcher at Kochab Human Capital, LLC. His expertise includes higher education skills- and performance-based learning models, skills assessment modeling, learning analytics, higher education product development and innovation, and human capital development modeling. Rod currently serves as a course instructor for graduate economics at Western Governors University.

Dr. Hewlett has also served as Senior Vice President Academics, Chief Academic Officer, Grewcock Chair, and Dean of the College of Business at Bellevue University. He pioneered skills-performance learning at Bellevue University. Prior to accepting the dean role, he led the global product development and strategy team efforts for management, business, and legal education programs at Laureate Education, Inc. The programs ranged from bachelor’s level to doctoral level programs at Laureate and partner universities in all major global markets.

Rod served as a distinguished professor in international business at Walsh College. As a distinguished professor, he taught doctoral and master’s level courses in global business, leadership, corporate finance, and treasury. Dr. Hewlett also served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Walsh College. Rod joined Walsh College on June 1, 2005 moving from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota where he was dean of the College of Business and the Graduate School. He returned to his home state of Michigan with an extensive background of military service, teaching and academic administration along with an extensive global business leadership track record.  

Rod was also an adjunct professor in the executive MBA program at the prestigious Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China.  Prior to Minot, he was the director of the MBA program and associate professor at the University of Dubuque. He has also held positions as chief financial officer for the International Schools Group in Saudi Arabia, assistant professor at Clarke College, superintendent of capital projects and contracting services at Saudi Iron and Steel Corporation and pricing manager at Sundstrand Corporation. Additionally, Rod held several professional finance and pricing positions in the Aerospace Industry. He enlisted in the U.S. Regular Army in 1976 and retired from the U.S. Army National Guard in 2002 as lieutenant colonel.

Rod earned his Doctorate and Master of Arts degrees in economics from Middle Tennessee State University and Bachelor of Science degree in business from Cameron University.  He is a Certified Financial Manager and earned the Certified Treasury Professional designation (inactive).

He is a member of the American Economic Association, Institute of Certified Management Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, and Association for Financial Professionals. He is a published author and is a frequent contributor for national publications and organizations on global business, finance, economics, and leadership. In December 2005, his book, The Cognitive Leader: Building Winning Organizations through Knowledge Leadership, was released to the public by his publisher Rowman and Littlefield.