Professor of Management
Donnie Horner became a Professor of Management at Jacksonville University on July 1st, 2009.
Previously he held the Class of '61 Chair and was the Distinguished Professor of Leadership Education in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. While at the Academy, he had a joint appointment with the graduate school at the University of Maryland – College Park. From 2000-2005, Dr. Horner served as an Associate Professor, Department Head, and Director of the Leadership Development Program at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania. While at Penn State, he held faculty status in the College of Engineering, the Science, Technology, and Society Program, and the Department of Sociology. He was a faculty affiliate at Penn State's Schreyer Honors College, where he also served as a member of the Admissions Committee.
A native of Bressler, Pennsylvania, Horner graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering. He also received an M.S. in Transportation Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. He has taught at Christopher Newport University, Stanford, West Point, Penn State, the University of Maryland, the Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Jacksonville University.
As an Army officer, Horner commanded units at the Platoon, Company, and Battalion levels. He served extensively overseas, including during conflict in Panama and Bosnia. Horner was appointed by Secretary of Defense Les Aspin to serve on President Clinton’s joint interagency working group to investigate sexual orientation and military service. He also worked as an analyst and futurist on the Army After Next / Army transformation project, and served on the faculty in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point. He was appointed by Ambassador David Abshire to serve on the Advisory Council of the National Consortium for Character-Based Leadership Education. Dr. Horner’s research interests include organizational culture, leadership, and high performing teams. He has written and consulted extensively in these areas, and regularly appears as a guest analyst for the media.
Dr. Horner has significant experience with fundraising, development, and community sponsorships, having produced gifts in excess of $1 million. Horner instructs for the Jacksonville Regional Political Leadership Institute, the statewide Connect Florida leadership academy, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, as an executive facilitator for the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Save the Jaguars Committee. He authored the 2009 white paper which led to the creation of the Jacksonville Civic Council. In 2011, Horner was appointed to the Board of Directors for Family Foundation Corporation of Jacksonville, a financial, family counseling, and education non-profit serving Northeast Florida.
Dr. Horner is married to the former Donell Iva Fryer of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Horners have two children: Donnie III, a Naval Academy graduate, and Ashley, a graduate of The George Washington University and the graduate school of the College of Charleston.
- Stanford University, Stanford, CA
M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
M.S. in Transportation (Systems)
- United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
B.S. in General Engineering