Management and Marketing Faculty

Suzanne Cromlish

Suzanne Cromlish

Assistant Professor



Suzanne Cromlish is an Assistant Professor in the Management and Marketing Department in the Graham School of Management (GSM) at Saint Xavier University (SXU) in Chicago. Prior to her role with GSM, Cromlish served as a skilled nursing and assisted living long-term health care campus administrator for both for-profit and non-profit firms and still currently maintains both licenses.

She has a Ph.D. in management designing sustainable systems from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; two master's degrees, an MBA and a master's in health administration (MHA) from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C.; and a B.A. from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C.

Prior to her position at Saint Xavier, Cromlish was an organizational behavior, management and business, and health administration professor at High Point University and Mitchell Community College in North Carolina. She has also worked as a sign language interpreter and instructor, applying her skills as an interpreter for five U.S. presidents and many first ladies, governors, senators and celebrities.

She also previously served as the official sign language Interpreter for the International Association of Lions Clubs Annual International Conventions for over 10 years with some 30,000 global members in attendance. Teaching sign language to the masses, she and her husband also produced a 30-minute weekly live TV show called "Talking Hands" for six months in the San Francisco Bay area.

She and her husband were also business owners for over 15 years developing, marketing and teaching customized "Officer Safety Hand Signals" Train The Trainer courses for patrol, SWAT, narcotics and correctional officers at law enforcement agencies and academies nationwide.

Her hobbies include having daily Bible and prayer devotions, viewing documentaries, reading non-fiction books, playing piano and conducting research to benefit employee-owned companies to personally and financially empower the 99 percent. She has been married to her husband, David, who is also her research partner, for 37 years and they reside in the Chicagoland area with their two kitties. One kitty is Pfeiffer and the other is Case Western as both are named after her two alma maters!

Professional Memberships

Dissertation Topics

"Empowering the 99%...One ESOP at a Time!"

A Mixed Methods Study of Acquisitions by Employee-Owned Companies

Her research interests are personally and financially empowering the 99 percent of employee ownership organizations as she continually collaborates with the three largest ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) associations in the U.S. After a national competition, she was awarded a Louis O. Kelso Fellowship from The ESOP Foundation for her research on ESOP acquisitions. Her research has been presented at many academic and practitioner conferences, and practitioner articles have also been published about her project.

Research Presentations

The Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, N.J. -- January 2015 and 2017

The Academy of Management's Annual Conference, Decision-Making in Context Session, Vancouver, BC - August 2015

Annual Conference for The Carolina's Chapter of The ESOP Association at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. -- August 2015

Annual Conference for the Ohio/Kentucky Chapter of The ESOP Association at Powell, Ohio -- March 2016

Ohio Employee Ownership Center's Annual Conference in Akron, Ohio -- April 2016 and 2017

Illinois Chapter of The ESOP Association Annual Spring Conference at Oak Brook, Ill. March 2017 -- Keynote Speaker

The National Center for Employee Ownership Annual Conference, Atlanta, Ga. -- April 2018

Building Institutions for the Common Good: The Purpose & Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy Conference, The John A. Ryan Institute Center for Catholic Studies at The University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minn. -- June 2018

Conference Participation

Session Chair: Decision-Making in Context Session at The Academy of Management's Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC -- August 2015

Session Chair: Empirical Research & Theory on Worker Ownership, The Beyster Symposium, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Management & Labor Relations Foundation for Enterprise Development, La Jolla, Calif. -- June 2017

Session Co-Chair: Research on Employee Ownership Session, The Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Management & Labor Relations, New Brunswick, N.J. -- January 2018

Research Articles Published

"New Study Finds Acquisitions by ESOP Companies Highly Successful," The Employee Ownership Report -- March-April 2015 / volume XXXV, No. 2

"How Well Do ESOP Acquisitions of Non-ESOP Companies Work?" Guest Commentary, The National Center for Employee Ownership, February 5, 2016

"New Study Shows Great Success with ESOP Acquisitions," Blue Ridge ESOP Associates, February 9, 2017