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John Hengesh

John HengeshProgram Director, Graduate Studies in Business
Visiting Associate Professor, Business Management

My goal is to continue developing a first-rate MBA program so that students receive the most advanced business training possible as they seek to achieve their personal and professional goals. In terms of teaching, I strive to use my international business experiences, combined with the foundational theories of management, to provide students with the tools necessary to make decisions that will give them a competitive advantage in today's global business environment.

Areas of Expertise
Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior, Business Planning

Business Policy, Organizational Behavior

Professor Hengesh joined the Whitworth University faculty in 2005 after a 20-year career in international business. He received the Contingent Faculty of the Year Award in 2009 and became the director of Whitworth's MBA program in 2011. His valuable experience with global markets has enriched the contributions he brings to the classroom. After earning his MBA from Idaho State University in 1982, Professor Hengesh worked in the high-technology sector. His positions included VP and GM, Natural Gas Systems and Water, and Public Power Systems for Itron. Inc. He was also CFO and COO for Purcell Systems. Professor Hengesh keeps his business knowledge current for the classroom by operating five other businesses in the Spokane area.


  • M.B.A. Idaho State University
  • B.B.A. Idaho State University
  • B.S. University of Idaho