Commencement Speaker

Dr. LaSharnda Beckwith

As the new Dean of HIU's College of Business & Management, Dr. Beckwith's number one priority is to further the integration of faith with business. Dr. Beckwith spent more than two decades as an executive with the United States Army & Air Force Exchange Service, most recently as Vice President of Eastern Operations. She loves teaching, and has served as the Chair of the Department of Business for Southwest Assemblies of God University in Texas, as well as Texas Woman's University, and Embry-Riddle University. That combination of skills has proven to serve her and her students quite well.

"It's all about relationships," she said, adding that her teaching philosophy is tied to relationship building as well. "I prefer to focus on learning, rather than on teaching. I believe in investing in others, showing them that I care, not letting them slide, and loving them through their challenges."