Longenecker earned his B.B.A. in marketing (1977) and his M.B.A. in marketing (1978) from The University of Toledo. He earned his Ph.D. in management from Pennsylvania State University in 1984. He serves as Distinguished University Professor of Leadership and director of the Center for Leadership and Organizational Excellence in The College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo.
Longenecker has received more than 60 teaching, service and research awards and numerous industry awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2004), Toastmaster International Leadership Award (2009), and The Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service (2008), and numerous teaching recognitions. In 2006, he was inducted into the Entrepreneurial and Business Excellence Hall of Fame. In 2015, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Medical Missions Hall of Fame for his and volunteer work in Haiti. In 2013, he was recognized by The Economist as one of the Top Fifteen Business Professors in the World.
Longenecker’s teaching, research and consulting interests are in high-performance leadership and creating great organizations. He has published more than 190 articles and papers in academic and professional journals, including the Sloan Management Review, Industrial Management, Business Horizons, European Business Review, and Organizational Dynamics. He is a frequent media source and his research has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, MSNBC and NPR.