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Chris Hitch


Dr. Hitch helps organizations accelerate success through leadership education, strategy advising, and executive coaching. He has served as a CHRO and has held a wide variety of general management and senior level roles. His clients include CSX, Department of Defense, Eastman, Habitat for Humanity, Huber Engineered Woods, Joint Special Operations Command, MetLife, Navy Federal Credit Union, North Carolina Partnership for Children, Webber University, and numerous other corporate, nonprofit, and state and local governmental agencies. He is the author of numerous articles and books focusing on leadership and management in the HR, management consulting, life sciences, and public sectors. His latest book, in collaboration with Beth Ritter, Values Based Leaders In Action, funnels all proceeds to the GEN H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State University.

He has designed and delivered executive education programs to over 6,000 mid-level leaders and over 1,400 senior and C-suite leaders domestically and internationally. He has spoken on leadership and management at numerous state, regional, and national conferences. Currently an independent consultant and professor, Chris has served as a Director of Custom Executive Development Programs at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, Director of the GEN H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State University, Director of the Principal Fellows Program, and as a worldwide Product Director at Global Knowledge, a multinational technology training company.

Dr. Hitch is a certified facilitator from Interaction Associates. He earned his Ph.D. from UNC Chapel Hill in 1990 and graduated with a B.A. and M.A. from Austin College. He attended the Army War College’s National Security Seminar in 2017. He has held faculty and staff appointments at NC State University, Queens University, St. Andrews University, University of North Carolina-General Administration, and UNC-Chapel Hill. He now teaches graduate and students in strategy, leadership, consulting, and organizational effectiveness. He happily calls himself a “traveling Professor”, teaching at multiple universities.

A former school principal and basketball official, Chris and his wife of over 30 years, April, have two adult children and two granddaughters.