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Wesley Donahue

Dr. Wesley Donahue

Teaching Professor of Education (WFED)

Phone: 814-865-7074

303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Learning and Performance Systems


Wesley E. Donahue is a Workforce Education and Development Program professor in the College of Education at the University Park Campus of The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Donahue also served as Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Education in Outreach. In these capacities, he teaches, serves on graduate research committees, and is responsible for leading a team of fixed-term and tenured faculty that teaches and consults with organizations in business, industry, government, and nonprofit sectors. These linkages allow faculty and graduate students to pursue scholarly research. Dr. Donahue is also associated with Penn State’s College of Engineering, where he teaches and mentors both graduate and undergraduate students.


Dr. Donahue brings over 30 years of technology management, sales, and organization development experience to his position at Penn State. Formerly, he worked with the Fortune 500 company Brockway Inc., now Owens-Brockway, where he began as a project engineer and rose to technology manager for the corporation’s international division. Subsequently, he co-founded and served as Executive Vice President of Leffler Systems of New Jersey, a manufacturer of plastic containers and specialized machinery, after which he moved on to become regional Vice President of sales for Marketing Plastics in Kansas City, MO. In addition, he served as a professional associate of MGA Inc., a worldwide provider of technical management professional services to the packaging industry. He also owned a successful retail business for over 10 years.


In these assignments, he was involved in all aspects of general management, including operations, human resource planning, finance, engineering, sales, marketing, strategic planning, and international ventures. Additionally, he has worked as a management consultant for several major international packaging companies.

Areas of Expertise

Curriculum Areas

Workforce Ed

Education Levels

Adult Education
Professional Education

Education Types

Continuing Ed
Distance Ed

Human Resources and Work

Organization Development
Succession Planning
Workplace Training

Organizational Management

Management & Leadership
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