Management and Marketing Faculty

Suzanne Cromlish

Suzanne Cromlish

Assistant Professor



Suzanne Cromlish has over 25 years of experience in executive corporate level management and administration in the healthcare, publishing, distribution, marketing and education industries. She has experience serving as a CEO administrator in healthcare administration for the skilled nursing and assisted living industries for both for-profit and non-profit firms and currently maintains both administrator licenses as well as possessing a Master's in Healthcare Administration degree. In addition, Dr. Cromlish and her husband were also entrepreneurial business owners, providing customized educational officer safety training courses for law enforcement agencies and academies nationwide.

Dr. Cromlish has a distinguished record of achievements, nationally researching ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) acquisitions and post-acquisition cultural integration with comprehensive expertise and dramatic findings. She has a broad knowledge of ESOP governance policies and procedures and extensive executive-level administration and management successes.

Dr. Cromlish obtained her Ph.D. degree in Management, Designing Sustainable Systems from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH in August 2017, and has two Master's degrees: an MBA and an MHA from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, NC.

As an Advisory Board Member for the Ohio Employee Ownership Center located at Kent State University in Kent, OH, Dr. Cromlish is a member, by invitation only, of the University-wide Integrated Planning and Budget Committee at Saint Xavier University (SXU) in Chicago. Dr. Cromlish is an Assistant Professor in the Management and Marketing Department in the Graham School of Management (AACSB Accredited) at SXU. Prior to her role with SXU, she was a vice president of marketing and operations in the print media distribution industry. She was also a 3-year term board member of the Management Consulting Division of The Academy of Management, which is an international organization with over 1,000 members.

Dr. Cromlish is a member of the 3 US ESOP Associations: The National Center for Employee Ownership, The ESOP Association and The Ohio Employee Ownership Center and collaborates closely with them on potential research topics. Several articles have been published regarding her research on ESOP acquisitions that have been presented at numerous international, national, regional and state conferences. After a national competition, she was awarded a Louis O. Kelso Research Fellowship from Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations for her research on ESOP acquisitions in 2018.

In addition to being an active member of the Private Directors Association, a national organization whose mission is to promote good governance practices in businesses, Dr. Cromlish is also 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. For six months she and her husband produced a 30-minute weekly live cable television series called "Talking Hands," teaching her sign language skills to the broader San Francisco Bay Area community.

Dr. Cromlish is married to her husband, David, who is also her research assistant, for over 25 years and they reside in the Chicagoland area. She enjoys attending healthcare and business conferences, workshops and webinars. Her passion is conducting research to benefit the business world. She also enjoys viewing documentaries and reading non-fiction books.

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 associations in the U.S. 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, NJ -- 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, NC -- August 2015

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

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

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

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, MN -- 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, CA -- 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, NJ -- 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