Dr. Robert Gailey, associate professor of business for the Fermanain School of Business and director of PLNU’s Center for International Development, has been awarded the Emerging Leader Alumni Award from Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in Quincy, Mass.  News of this award was announced in the summer 2012 issue of The Christian Scholar, the alumni newsletter for ENC. Gailey will be flying to Boston to accept the award at ENC’s annual celebration dinner for alumni and friends, scheduled for Friday, October 19, 2012.

The Emerging Leader Awards are awarded to alumni who have graduated within the past 20 years and who evidence a developing pattern of Christian leadership through vocation and service while representing the essence of the ENC Ideal, according to Meghan Jean-Noel, director of alumni relations at ENC.

Gailey teaches nonprofit organizational management and theories of economic development as an associate professor.  As director of the Center for International Development, Gailey is actively engaged with students across campus to bring awareness and solutions to social issues that impact our global economy. Gailey also serves as the faculty advisor to PLNU’s Microfinance Club, a group of students hosting poverty awareness campaigns on campus including the annual $2 Challenge where PLNU students live for three days on $2 a day.

When asked what Gailey is like as a professor, international development studies alum Lindsey Ice (12) said, “Rob is one of those rare professors who do more than teach, but inspire you to want to be a better person.  His immense compassion and love for poor people is nothing short of infectious and you cannot help but to want to share in his passion to empower and bring restoration to the poor.”

Brody Luebkeman, international development studies senior and active member in the Microfinance Club stated, “Dr. Gailey, well I just call him Rob, concerns himself with students like no other professor I have ever had.  Never is it too late or too early to email him a question regarding a homework assignment or an issue with an online quiz.  The man never sleeps.  His classes are real and engaging because he teaches about what he has and continues to live.”

In addition to being his former college roommate from ENC, Dr. Jamie Gates, professor of sociology and director of The Center for Justice and Reconciliation at PLNU is Gailey’s colleague at PLNU.  When asked what it is like to work with Gailey, Gates said, “Rob consistently challenges everyone around him to have their hands work in tandem with the heart of Christ.  His work on behalf of the poorest of the world is infectious, and his work ethic humbles us all.  His leadership at PLNU is bold yet patient and discerning.  What a blessing to get to work with him day in and day out.”

Dr. Gailey received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a minor in sociology in 1992 from Eastern Nazarene College, graduating Summa Cum Laude.  He went on to receive his Master of Divinity, intercultural studies with a minor in urban studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.  He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy, leadership studies with a nonprofit management concentration in 2010 from the University of San Diego, California. The title of his dissertation is Social Capital and Economic Empowerment: A longitudinal analysis of the relationship between changes in the value of accumulate assets and measures of social capital among rural South African women.

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