Faculty Profile: Dr. Christopher F. Achua

Professional Profile
Dr. Chris F. Achua is Professor in the Department of Business and Economics at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He is a former chair of the Department of Business and Economics and is the co-author of a textbook on leadership; now in its 6th edition.  His teaching has centered on three disciplines: strategic management, marketing, and organizational leadership. Dr. Achua’s interest in engaging students in real-life learning opportunities led him to create and direct programs such as the Center for Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Service and the Small Business Institute at his university. These programs focused on developing students’ leadership and entrepreneurial skills by applying theory to real-world situations. When not involved in academic pursuits, he lends his expertise to community development programs and initiatives. He has served on several boards of organizations in the local community, and was the chair of the Mountain Empire Regional Business Incubator’s board of directors. 

Dr. Achua received his undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his MBA from the University of South Dakota; and his doctorate from the United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego, California.


Ph. D., Strategic Management, Alliant International University, San Diego, CA, 1992

M.B.A., Management, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 1987

B.A. (with Honors), Business & Accounting, University of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls, SD, 1986

Scholarly Activities
Lussier & Achua, Leadership: Theory, Application & Skill Development (2010). Cengage SouthWestern Publishing, Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A.
Dr. Achua has also presented scholarly papers at regional and national conferences. His papers have been published in the Small Business Institute Journal, the Journal of Small Business Strategy and conference proceedings