COBA announces new Executive in Residence

Posted October 18, 2010

The ACU College of Business Administration recently announced its new Executive in Residence, David Swearingen, former vice president of corporate communications for Johnson & Johnson.

David Swearingen"Having David Swearingen serve as COBA's executive in residence strengthens our educational offerings and enhances our ability to offer distinctive Christian leadership development within our programs," said Dr. Rick Lytle, dean of the College of Business Administration. "We are delighted to have David join our work. His presence adds significant value and bolsters the ACU difference for the entire campus."

The role of Executive in Residence serves three primary functions:

  • Role model and mentor/coach for all students and faculty.
  • Teaching resource for faculty and students by bringing a portfolio of expertise into select classroom settings throughout the year.
  • Network facilitator. With years of experience and connections, the Executive in Residence  brings a broad range of contacts and opportunities, adding value to COBA's programs and offerings.

The process of bringing Swearingen to ACU involved his selection by the dean of COBA, discussion among the college's leadership team and then presentation to the faculty.

During his time with ACU, Swearingen will lecture on a number of topics including:

  • Reputation and crisis management
  • Role of corporate communications
  • Corporate branding and advertising
  • Leadership and leadership development
  • Corporate annual meetings
  • The philosophy of decentralized management
  • Corporate philanthropy
  • Cause marketing
  • Internet marketing applications

While with Johnson & Johnson, Swearingen provided strategic communications counsel, including leadership of key global corporate communications initiatives. He joined the corporate communications staff in 1989 and was promoted to vice president in January 2000.

In 2008, on behalf of Johnson & Johnson, Swearingen received the Benjamin Franklin Award for Public Diplomacy from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In addition, he has earned four Silver Anvil Awards, the highest level of recognition for communications excellence, from the Public Relations Society of America.

He served 25 years in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force, and as a military pilot flew jet fighter aircraft and air rescue/airlift aircraft for 16 years.  He retired from the military reserve in 1999 as a lieutenant colonel.

A native of Boise, Idaho, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and broadcasting from Pepperdine University and a master's degree in communications at the University of Southern California.