David E. Welsh, Executive Education, Director, Lehigh, Busness, Contact

David E. Welsh became the Executive Director of Executive Education at Lehigh University’s College of Business and Economics with responsibility for the growth and corporate outreach of the University’s specialized business and leadership development programming exclusively designed for executives by Lehigh University Faculty. 


Mr. Welsh brings over 18 years of professional experience in higher education, new business development and global business consulting. Known as an entrepreneurial leader, he has had success in the development and growth of new business in both for-profit and nonprofit industries. 

Mr. Welsh has led institutions to success in both national and international rankings recognition while driving record growth in both revenues and enrollment. He has extensive experience cultivating C-level clients from Fortune Global companies and working with clients on senior leadership development and talent management strategies both domestically and internationally. 

Professional Experience


Managing Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management (school specializing in executive & management education)

Oversaw efforts to expand business operations working with clients to deliver customized global executive development. 

Director, INSEAD (a Top 5 international graduate school of business with campuses in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East)

Responsible for establishing and growing the School’s executive education operations in the North American region.

Executive Director, Corporate Relations & Executive Development Programs, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

Responsible for managing corporate integration with the School and the design and development of degree and non-degree executive development programming for the College.  

Founding Director, Krall Center for Corporate & Executive Education, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

Responsible for the overall operation and management of the Center. The Krall Center housed the Drexel Executive MBA program, Corporate MBA programs (Lockheed Martin and AI DuPont), the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical MBA Online, non-degree certificate programs, and business advisory and leadership coaching services.

Director, Business Development, Drexel University, LeBow College of Business

Responsible for marketing and strategy planning for EMBA recruitment, course enhancement and development of new international leadership residencies, new business development of executive education programs targeting Fortune 1000 companies.


B.S. Management, Drexel University
M.B.A. Investment Management, Drexel University
M.S. Finance, Drexel University
Certificate in Global Human Capital Management, Wharton School of Business
Training in International Negotiations, George Washington University