Robert McKinley



  • Ph.D., Business Administration, Northcentral University
  • M.B.A., International Business, Northcentral University
  • M.S., Accounting, Liberty University
  • M.S., International Relations, Troy University
  • B.S., Public Administration and Political Science, Georgia College


I have been working for 37 years, the first twenty years in the US Army and the last 17 years in higher education.  I earned my commission as a U.S. Army officer from the Early Commissioning Program at Georgia Military College. I retired from the U.S. Army in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and served in Albania, Bosnia, Colombia, Germany, Korea, and Peru. I served in the following units: 2nd Infantry Division, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), V Corps and the Defense Intelligence Agency. I am a graduate of the Defense Strategy Course, the Command and General Staff College, Joint Military Attaché School, the Special Forces Qualification Course, Ranger School, Military Free-Fall School, and Pathfinder School.

My awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, and Master Parachutist Badge. My last assignment on active duty was at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, where I served as the Assistant Army Attaché in the Defense Attaché Office.  I served on active duty in the regular Army for 20 years of service.  Since retiring from military service, I have been teaching at the College level for 17-years.

I have been married to my wife Soraya for 32 years, and we have two children. In my free time, I enjoy reading, jogging, and traveling. Also, I enjoy being an instructor and helping others to learn new things that they can apply in the real world.