Toby Egan is an associate professor at the School of Public Policy and affiliate associate professor in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland (UMD). Prior to joining UMD, he was an associate professor in the Purdue University Graduate School and Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. He is the co-founder and former director of the Texas A&M University’s International HRD Programs and co-director of the Mays School of Business International HRM Programs.
Dr. Egan, along with co-authors Sewon Kim and M. Jae Moon, awarded Best Article of the year by the journal Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA). ROPPA is ranked #6 (out of 113 journals) in public policy/administration and is the #1 human resources journal in public policy/administration.
Dr. Egan is formerly a vice-president of a Minneapolis-based consulting firm, now merged with Korn Ferry—the world’s largest talent management firm. Dr. Egan has led large-scale organization development and restructuring projects and with a focus on executive and managerial coaching linked to personal and organizational excellence. His former clients included federal, state, and local governmental organizations, including the Federal Reserve, The Corporation for National and Community Service, The National Guard of the United States, The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, TRS Texas Retirement Fund, Fairfax County (Virginia), and The City of St. Paul (Minnesota). He also consulted to several nonprofit organizations such as The United Way (National), HealthPartners, Rochester Mayo Clinic & Foundation, and the Green Bay Packers. His consulting work with Fortune 500 firms includes Abbott Laboratories, American Express, GlaxoSmithKline, Motorola, Macy’s Inc., Nestle, Target, 3M, UnitedHealth Group, and many others.
Dr. Egan’s research interests include leadership, organizational learning and development, dyadic workplace development (coaching and mentoring) in public management, private sector, and human resource development contexts. In addition to the ROPPA Best Article Award, Dr. Egan has been awarded several other best paper and journal article awards including from Human Resource Development Quarterly and Advances in Developing Human Resources. He was named the 2008 Outstanding Early Career Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development and was the 2010 World Institute for Action Learning Best Paper of the Year Award Co-Recipient.
Dr. Egan’s work with doctoral students is particularly noteworthy. His former doctoral students have been recognized for their research and serves in a variety leadership roles in business, nonprofits, government, and education. He has chaired dissertation of the year (DoY) award-winning students who have been recognized by the Academy of HRD (3 DoY recipients; 4 first runners-up), ATD (2 DoY recipients; 1 first runner-up), University Council for Work and Human Resource Education (1 DoY recipient; 1 first runner-up); and Texas A&M University (3 DoY recipients; 4 runners-up). Several of his doctoral advisees/mentees have gone on to receive best article and outstanding researcher awards.
Dr. Egan has also received outstanding leadership and service awards from the US Department of Education, the Office of the President of the University of Minnesota, Texas A&M University, The Academy of HRD, and the State of Maryland.
Dr. Egan has founded and managed several large-scale, university-based projects (that generated over $5 million in revenue. He also served as evaluator to a $25 Million US Department of Education grant and instigated the Undergraduate Leadership Minor degree program at the University of Minnesota (currently enrolling over 1200 students annually) and the HRD and HRM Certificate Programs at Texas A&M. Originally from Wisconsin, he is a Green Bay Packers stockholder and lifelong fan. He is married and has one daughter and enjoys traveling for work and pleasure. Dr. Egan was a Big 10 Conference athlete and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
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