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Robert Reber

Robert Reber
- Professor - Management; Transitional Retiree


Ph. D., Louisiana State University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1982

M.A., Louisiana State University, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, 1979

B.A., West Virginia University, Psychology and Sociology, 1977


Originally from West Virginia, Dr. Bob Reber came to Western Kentucky University after completing his doctorate at LSU in 1982.  From 1997 through 2011 he served in various administrative positions including department chair, associate dean, and interim dean (three times).  In 2012 he returned to the classroom full time as he began the transition towards retirement.  During his tenure here, he also helped the college develop the major option in Human Resource Management, which is now certified by the Society for Human Resource Management; helped create the graduate and undergraduate certificate programs in Leadership Excellence; helped revive the MBA program; and created the Organizational Leadership tract in the Ed.D program.  Dr. Reber received the College of Business Public Service Award in 1990 and the Prida Student Service Award in 2001.    He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.  Dr. Reber has also been inducted in the honor societies of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi.  Dr. Reber has published articles in The Academy of Management Journal, Group & Organizational Studies, Human Performance, Industrial Relations, The International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Journal of Applied Management Studies, Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, Personnel Administrator, Public Personnel Management, and Small Group Behavior.   Prior to starting his academic career at Western, he worked for J. C. Penney and Cameco (a company in Thibodaux, LA that made sugar cane harvesting equipment).  Over the last 35 years, he has consulted with 63 companies on issues dealing with fair employment practices, performance management, improving occupational safety performance, and total quality management.  The client list includes Exxon, Tenneco, Vermont American, Fruit of the Loom, General Electric, and Flynn Enterprises.  The most recent consulting project involves working with coal companies and counties in eastern Kentucky trying to manage free roaming horses on reclaimed strip mine properties.  This has led to the creation of the Appalachian Horse Center in Breathitt County which should assist in the issues surrounding the free roaming horses as well as enhancing economic development in a region depressed by the decline of the coal industry.  He also serves as an advisor for the New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding program.  While these latter two consults involve 501c(3) organizations, they complement his management of his 56 acre hay and horse farm that he built over the last 23 years.

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