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Xela Batchelder

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Dr. Xela Batchelder is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration and a Graduate Teaching Award recipient from The Ohio State University.  Her work as an international and local entrepreneur brings great practical experience to our new Entrepreneurship program.  Dr. Batchelder’s teaching experience includes her work at Drexel University, where she taught courses including Strategic Management and Westphal’s entrepreneurship course as part of the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. 

Dr. Batchelder’s course on “Creativity and Innovation,” a required course for almost all business students, perfectly aligns with the “creativity” value in Waynesburg’s new strategic plan.

She is often asked to speak at institutions and universities all over the U.S. and world because of her expertise on festival management.  In particular, she is an expert on the management and history of the single largest annual event in the world, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, an event that sells over 3 million tickets each year. 

Active in her church and community, she is a member of the East Liberty Quarter Chamber of Commerce in Pittsburgh, has worked with the City of Pittsburgh on their Inclusive Innovation Summit, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh’s Maker Faire, and works with community leaders, local businesses, local non-profits, and artists to create a community-based festival fostering not only community dignity and pride, but also boosting economic development in those communities. 


M.A., University of St. Andrews, Scotland; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University