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William J. Rothwell

William J. Rothwell , Ph.D., is Professor of Human Resource Development on the University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University. He oversees a graduate program to prepare students for careers in Human Resource Development. Before arriving at Penn State, he was an Assistant Vice President and Management Development Director for The Franklin Life Insurance Company and, before that, Training Director for Illinois Office of Auditor General.

Rothwell has consulted widely on succession planning and management. In 2001, he was National Thought Leader for a Best Practices study of succession that examined 18 multinational corporations. In his work with succession, Rothwell has consulted with businesses, government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, nonprofit organizations, and international organizations.

Rothwell is known for:

  • Rothwell, W. (2000), Effective succession planning: Ensuring leadership continuity and building talent from within , 2nd ed. (New York: Amacom)
  • Rothwell, W. (1999), The action learning guidebook (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer)
  • Dubois, D., & Rothwell, W. (2000), The competency toolkit , 2 vols. (Amherst, MA: HRD Press)
  • Rothwell, W., & Kazanas, H. (1999), Building in-house leadership and management development programs , (Westport, CT: Quorum Books)