Position: Dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business
Location: Halpin-Harrison Hall, 104
Phone: (540) 665-4572
Employed Since: 2019
Ph.D. Organizational Communication, University of Tennessee, M.S. Communication, University of Tennessee, B.S. in Foreign Service, Georgetown University
Fields of Expertise:
- Strategic Planning
Astrid Sheil, Ph.D, joined Shenandoah University as the new dean of the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business on July 1, 2019.
Sheil is the sixth dean of the business school and the first woman to serve in the role.
She was previously the Dean’s Fellow for Program Outreach and Promotion and a tenured professor of communication and business at California State University San Bernardino, Dr. Sheil brings more than 25 years of business and academic experience to the position of dean.
A native of Washington, D.C., Sheil completed her undergraduate studies in foreign service at Georgetown University and her masters and doctorate in organizational communication at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She believes the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business is strategically positioned to be a hub of lifelong learning for students, alumni and the community.
I am joining Shenandoah University at a very exciting and pivotal time. My vision for the Byrd School of Business is as a place where traditional modes of learning and nontraditional experimentation and collaborative development work together seamlessly for the benefit of all.”
Astrid Sheil, Ph.D
Sheil’s background includes working internationally as the chief spokesperson and director of global communication for a multinational corporation in Helsinki, Finland; 10 years of full-time teaching as a tenured professor at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB); two years as chairwoman of the accounting and finance department in CSUSB’s Brown College of Business and Public Administration; a year as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow (2015–16); and a year as interim director of development for the Brown College. In addition, she recently completed a four-month sabbatical at the International Executive Development Center (IEDC) Bled School of Management in Slovenia working on her upcoming book on strategic business communication.
Sheil is the coauthor of “Dynamic Public Relations: the 24/7 PR Cycle” and has published research articles on capital appreciation bonds, tobacco settlement bonds, whole brain technology, social media, and strategies to reach immigrant communities about opportunities in higher education.
“It may be that when we no longer know which way to go that we have come to our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.”
― Wendell Berry