Montreat College announced the hiring of Dr. Paul Gratton as assistant professor of business and director of the college’s Adult and Graduate Studies Business program today. He begins at the college on June 1.

Dr. Gratton earned his Doctor of Business Administration from George Fox University. His dissertation focused on many key business concepts: organizational design, organizational behavior, marketing management, strategic management, systems thinking, learning organizations, healthcare, and non-profit leadership. While in the doctoral program, Dr. Gratton published journal articles on topics ranging from healthcare to software development. He earned his Master of Public Administration from Drake University and a B.A. in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University.

“Dr. Gratton has a background that touches key areas in the programs he will oversee,” said Montreat College Vice President for Academics and Dean of the College Greg Kerr. “His diversity of experience in the non-profit sector, with start-up organizations, and with established corporate leaders will bring a valuable range of business perspectives and expertise to the program.”

Prior to coming to Montreat, Dr. Gratton was executive director of Central Oregon Youth Development, Inc., where he supervised and supported after-school site directors, contributed to program and curriculum development, led process development, and managed the budget. Dr. Gratton also founded and was director of operations for software start-up Weiv LLC, where he directed marketing and media for the Weiv 1.0 and Weiv 1.5 product launches and contributed to software development and testing. He was also a field test engineer for John Deere Agricultural Management Solutions, where he managed lab testing of new products and coordinated with farmers across the country to test new product features.