Meet Our Team

sweeneypPatrick J. Sweeney, PhD, Executive Director, Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character

Patrick Sweeney is an experienced senior leader and scholar who leads the School of Business’ Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character at Wake Forest University. The Center’s primary missions are to: integrate ethical leadership and character strengths into all courses and School of Business’ activities; conduct cutting-edge research that advances the understanding of developing ethical leaders and organization; and provide consulting and executive education. Pat is a Professor of the Practice of Management and has taught in the MBA, Masters in Accountancy, Masters in Business Analytics, Masters in Management, and the undergraduate programs. His research focuses on the study of leader development, character-based leadership, building and leading high performing teams, leadership in dangerous contexts, and organizational adaptation.  His work has been published in prominent academic and practitioner journals. Pat was recognized as a 2017 thought leader in the area of trust by Trust Across America.

Prior to his appointment at Wake Forest University, he was the founding Executive Director of the Shackelford Leadership Institute at Georgia Gwinnett College.  He served over 29 years in the United States Army and retired as a Colonel. Pat served in leadership assignments both in the United States and abroad to include: Deputy and Acting Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, the United States Military Academy at West Point; Director, Eisenhower Leader Development Graduate Education Program, a joint venture with Columbia University, at West Point; Liaison Officer for the Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, Operation Iraqi Freedom I; Commander of a 450-person artillery unit and Chief of Staff of a 1600-person organization within the 101st Airborne Division. He also served as the Executive Officer and Researcher for West Point’s Center for Leadership and Organization Research.  In this role, he supervised the execution of several major projects to include: the study of tacit knowledge for military leadership with Yale University and a longitudinal study of cadets’ leader and character development.

Dr. Sweeney has experience creating and implementing programs at the institutional level and is the primary architect of the Domain of the Human Spirit, the main character dimension for West Point’s Leader Development System; a foundational dimension in the U.S. Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program; and a main pillar in the Department of Defense’s Total Force Fitness Program. He also played a lead role in the refinement, expansion, and organizational integration of the West Point Leader Development System.

Dr. Sweeney led a team of 62 prominent international scholars and practitioners to produce the book entitled, Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for the Armed Forces, Emergency Services, and First Responders. He has also published 34 articles and chapters on leadership across an array of academic and military professional publications, including: American Psychologist, Applied Psychology: An International Review, Armed Forces Journal, Consulting Psychologist Journal, Journal of Applied Social Psychology and various other professional journals.

Dr. Sweeney combines his scholarly work and 35 years of practical leadership experience to enhance the education development of leaders at all levels and backgrounds. He has conducted education sessions to senior executive leaders from major organizations such as: Deloitte, EMCOR, GE, HP, Kellogg’s, JP Morgan Chase, P&G, Prudential, State Farm, and Synchrony Financial.

Dr. Sweeney holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Social Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; a Masters in Military Art and Science from the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; and a Bachelor in General Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

WFU Business Students - Undergrads 11-14-11Lyn B. Myers, Senior Operations Manager

Lyn Myers joined the Wake Forest community in 2001.  Since that time, she has served in various administrative and leadership roles within the business school. These areas include: business operations, human resources and payroll, accounts payable and receivable, budget  reporting and financial planning as well as management of faculty administrative support personnel.

In the area of Administration, Lyn was directly responsible for the daily financial management of the Business School.  She supervised accounts payable/purchasing/accounts receivable processes as well as financial reporting.  Lyn also directed the School of Business human resources function, serving to implement and maintain University human resources and payroll policies and procedures for staffing, salary administration, benefits, performance reviews  and compliance issues.  She helped create framework for team management programs, development workshops and training.

Prior to joining Wake Forest, Lyn was an experienced professional in the consumer financial services sector for more than 11 years, managing wholesale lending operations with SLM Holding, a Sallie Mae subsidiary, as well as Equity One.

Lyn attended Appalachian State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with majors in Management and Marketing.


Jennifer Johnson,
Administrative Coordinator

Jennifer Johnson joined the ACLC team in 2022. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and enjoyed a 20-year career teaching many grade levels in Triad-area public schools.

In the role of Administrative Coordinator, Jennifer plans, organizes, and executes administrative functions that support the Center. She serves as the primary contact for administration in the ACLC.

New Wake Forest faculty members pose for headshots during their orientation on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Sean Hannah, Business.Sean T. Hannah, PhD, Senior Research Associate

In addition to his role as a Senior Research Associate, Sean Hannah is a Professor of Management and holds the Tylee Wilson Chair of Business Ethics in the School of Business at Wake Forest.  Dr. Hannah was the founding Director of the Allegacy Center for Leadership and Character.

Sean Hannah is an experienced practicing senior leader and a scholar whose theoretical and empirical work is published in the top journals in the management field. He focuses on the study of leader development, exemplary leadership and its positive effects, character and behavioral ethics, strategic thinking, and the building of high performing teams.

Prior to his appointment to the Wilson Chair at Wake Forest he served 26 years in the US Army, retiring as a Colonel. He served as the Director of the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, and the Director of Leadership and Management Programs, both at West Point. He served as an Infantry officer in command and staff positions in Europe, Cuba, Panama, Southwest Asia, and the United States, including combat with 3d Armored Division in Desert Storm, and in contingency operations such as Operation Sea Signal (Panama and Cuba), and the control cell for Joint Task Force Los Angeles (LA Riots). Present in the Pentagon on 9/11, he was reassigned after the attack to lead the reconstitution of the organization that sustained the highest casualty level, and rebuild its multibillion dollar operation. Upon his retirement from the Army he was awarded his 44th military decoration and was inducted in the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame.

Sean has been honored as a Fellow in both the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Association for Psychological Science. He is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, and sits on the editorial boards of three other major journals. He has published over 60 papers on leadership, character, and management in top journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Journal of Applied Psychology. He was recognized by the Academy of Management amongst its 19,000 members with the 2017 Practice Impact Award, recognizing his overall impact on management and leadership practices.

Sean has conducted hundreds of executive education and consulting engagements in the US, Europe, and Asia, with highly successful firms such as Deloitte, DOW, GE, 7-11, IBM, UTC, P&G, MetLife, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, TIAA; including training 16 CEOs.

Dr. Hannah holds a PhD in Management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a Masters of Business Administration from Syracuse University, a Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Syracuse University, a Masters in National Security Studies from the Marine Corps University, and a Bachelor in Political Science from California State University.

New faculty headshots during orientation, Wednesday, August 14, 2013. John Sumanth, Business.John Sumanth, PhD, Center Research Associate

John Sumanth is the James Farr Fellow and  Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at the Wake Forest University School of Business. Prior to Wake, John spent two years on the faculty at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. An award-winning teacher, John has been recognized for his outstanding performance in the classroom at multiple institutions (Wake, SMU, UNC). He was voted by Wake Forest School of Business undergraduates as the recipient of the Senior Class Teaching Award for 2013-2014.

John’s broad areas of research interest and expertise are in leadership, upward communication, trust and the role of power and status in organizational hierarchies. In his current work, he examines how individuals in position of influence can have a potentially detrimental impact on both the quantity and quality of innovative ideas that their followers’ raise. To date, his research has been published in top-tier outlets, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Organizational Psychology Review. John serves as an invited reviewer for the Academy of Management Journal and the Academy of Management’s annual conferences. He is a member of the Academy of Management’s Organizational Behavior (OB) and Social Issues in Management (SIM) Divisions, the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). He has presented his work at the annual Academy of Management meetings, SIOP, INFORMS and the International Conference on Productivity and Quality Research (ICPQR).

John holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), an MBA in marketing and management from the Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida and a B.S. in industrial engineering (cum laude) from the University of Miami (FL). He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, Tau Beta Pi and the Iron Arrow Honor Society, the University of Miami’s highest honor.

Prior to academia, John spent nearly a decade working in a number of high-profile strategic planning, marketing, and R&D positions for large, multi-national corporations in the insurance, global tourism and fast food industries. His extensive experience working closely with senior-level executives and government officials includes spending time coaching high-potential ExxonMobil executives as part of their Leadership Development program.

Jeff Triplette, Executive in Residence

Jeff combines his passion for sports officiating with his skills of developing and leading high-performance teams. He recently retired as President and CEO of ArbiterSports, an industry leading athletic event management software company, and is founder and principal of Triplette Advisors LLC, a risk management and turnaround consultancy.  Jeff previously was President and COO for FNC, Inc., a pioneer in the real estate analytics/collateral information industry.  Before FNC, Jeff served at Duke Energy Corporation for 32 years in several senior leadership roles including President and CEO of Bison Insurance Company, Duke’s captive insurance subsidiary. He is also a former NFL game official with 22 years of service and numerous postseason assignments.  Jeff is the past Chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) and past President of the National Football League Referees Association (NFLRA). A retired Colonel with over 32 years of service in the U.S. Army National Guard and Reserve, Jeff was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in the first Persian Gulf War.  Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wake Forest University where he also serves on its Board of Visitors for the School of Business, Board of Directors for the Wake Forest Deacon Club, Board of Directors of Rapid Investments, Inc. and Board of Managers for Arbiter Holdings, LLC.

Wake Forest School of Business staff member Kris Shelton, Tuesday, December 3, 2013.Kris Shelton, Instructional Design Associate

Kris Shelton comes to Wake Forest with a portfolio of training, marketing, and instructional design experiences spanning the academic, corporate, and non-profit sectors. She has built training and learning programs as well as provided high quality instruction for Davenport University, Dex Media, Dominican University of California, Schneider National, and the Blue Gray Alliance.

In the academic sphere, Kris has been recognized for her excellence in the classroom through being designated as “Distinguished Adjunct Faculty” at Davenport University as well as being named “Best Overall Davenport University Instructor”. As well, she is the author of the book, Power Language: Effective Communication for Executive Development used since 2003 in the MBA program at Dominican University of California.

In the business sector, she is known for securing highest quality at lowest cost for product life-cycle management in communication, training, instructional design, and marketing. She has experience leading cross-functional teams on training and communication as well as process improvement projects during times of rapid change.

In the non-profit sector, Kris shaped brand identity for a 15k member organization and developed a marketing strategy that reached an international audience of 50k including raising funds in the amount of $14k through special projects.

With an MBA degree in Strategic Management from Davenport University in Michigan, and an MFA degree in Writing, Publishing, and Literature from Emerson College in Boston, Kris blends the tactical and the creative to translate business needs into products and programs that support company values, goals, and initiatives.