Leadership & Management

Leadership & Management

The Leadership and Management A.A. concentration is especially targeted toward military students, who can get a significant portion of the requirements satisfied through their military experience (check with the program director for more information).

For Program Mission and Goals, see Leadership Studies.

Degree Awarded

Associate of Arts (A.A.)

Bachelor of Arts in Professional Leadership and Ethics now available: The 100% online bachelor’s in professional leadership and ethics from Methodist University is designed to prepare you to make a career as a leader. Through an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging approach, you will engage with a well-rounded curriculum that promotes liberal arts coursework and vocational skills.

Requirements for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) Concentration

The concentration in Leadership & Management consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses

  • BUS 1510 Management and Organization (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)

Leadership Electives

Select any 6 s.h. with a LSS prefix.

Business Electives

Select 6 s.h. from the following:

  • BUS 1750 Personal Finance (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3200 Business Ethics (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 4850 Special Topics in Leadership Studies (3 s.h.)

With the approval of the program director appropriate courses may be substituted.

Contact the Leadership Studies Program

Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
(910) 630-7488
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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership

B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida


Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He helped design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies or Church Leadership. Recently, he helped develop the Leadership Fellows Program.

In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the MU Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership. His two favorite courses are LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership and PSC 4600 Political Science Senior Seminar.

Before coming to Methodist, Dr. Ziegler served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.

His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida.

His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a co-edited book on comparative politics. He has also presented papers and served on panels at various academic conferences.

Currently, Dr. Ziegler serves on the board for Fayetteville’s Institute for Community Leadership and volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance. Previously, he served on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association.

Dr. Ziegler enjoys traveling, jogging, and dancing, and he is President of the Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers.

He and his wife, Kalli, have been married for over 40 years, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC.  They have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Research Interest:

Leadership development

(910) 630-7488
Trustees 103