Faculty Profile

Gordon Holbein Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Gordon Holbein was born and raised near Syracuse, NY, and has thirteen years of work experience in bank management in New York, predominantly in branch management, product management and strategic planning.

Gordon’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Syracuse University, doctoral-level coursework in Finance at Syracuse, and a Ph.D. in Strategy and Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Holbein’s academic career spans twenty-five years of university teaching at the University of Kentucky, the Pennsylvania State University, Syracuse University, and Northern Kentucky University. His main areas of teaching are Strategic Management, Leadership, and Global Management.

Gordon left the ranks of Kentucky’s research faculty in order to pursue a full-time teaching career in 2000, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2007. He teaches in UK’s undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs.

Dr. Holbein has been three times recognized by the UK College of Education as a “Teacher Who Made A Difference,” and four times has been a recipient of the Humana Corporation Teaching Innovation Grant. He was cited as the Gatton College’s Teacher of the Year by Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society in 2008, and in 2012 was named the UK Pan-Hellenic Council’s Distinguished Professor Of The Year, and was honored as the University of Kentucky’s Best Professor by the student newspaper, The Kernel. Gordon has been a featured speaker for the Emerging Leader Institute, the UK Student Activities Board’s “Final Word” symposium, and in the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society’s guest lecturer series.

Gordon’s years of consulting and professional training experience spans work with organizations in healthcare, technology, manufacturing, financial services, and hospitality management.

He is the author of two books: “The Tao Of Leadership: The Way Of The Sage,” and “500 CEOs: Lessons From The Heart.” And he is currently finishing his third book, “See Think Feel Act: 500 Pokes Toward Disruptive Success.”

Contact Information

Department: Management
Phone: (859) 257-6455
Email: G.Holbein@uky.edu
Personal Website


PHD, Pennsylvania State University, 1995
MBA, Syracuse University, 1983
AB, Dartmouth College, 1978