Barely in his 20s, new Corban University business professor Shawn Hussey had a big job to do.
As part of the Marine’s elite HMX-1 “Nighthawks” squadron, the young sergeant supervised a security detail charged to protect the helicopter designated to the President of the United States.
“I was 21 and had that level of responsibility,” he said. “It was life transforming for me.”
Since leaving the service in 2002, Hussey has undergone another transformation. This change has led him back to Corban University where he graduated with a degree in management and communication in 2003.
In the fall, Hussey will teach undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and financial management, as well as two MBA courses. He has experience in the classroom, having earned his MBA and soon a doctorate degree and working as an adjunct business professor through Corban’s Adult Degree Program. In the business world, he was an entrepreneur and worked for the international business giant IBM. The lessons he learned in his various roles have given him the tools he needs to engage the next generation of business professionals, he said.
“My main goal is to get away from the textbook,” he said. “I’m going to push people to think. It’s not about what they can memorize, but what they can apply.”
While there may appear to be stark contrasts between his role as a Marine protecting presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and later as a businessman and educator, Hussey said all of his experiences come together at one confluence.
“The Marines shaped my paradigm for business,” he said. “You can’t expect people to push you. You have to push yourself.”