Chris Hitch serves as a Program Director of Executive Development at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. He has over 25 years of proven leadership and management experience focusing on aligning strategy, leadership, and operations to drive solid business results in multiple industries including defense, federal government, financial services, health care, life sciences, manufacturing, nonprofit, professional service firms, public service, and technology. He's worked with over 6,000 mid-level managers and senior level leaders including over 1,900 of the most senior leaders in the federal government.
Prior to joining UNC, Chris served as the Director of the GEN H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at North Carolina State University, where he focused on growing aspiring, emerging, and strategic leaders in multiple industries using GEN Shelton's Values-Based Leadership framework. He also served as an adjunct MBA faculty member at NCSU.
Chris has held senior positions in startups, new product launches, turnarounds, rapid expansion, acquisition integration, strategic realignments, and divestitures/shut downs in domestic and multinational settings.
Chris is a frequent author and speaker. He has written two books and numerous trade articles for leaders in the HR, management consulting, life sciences, and public sectors. He has won service awards at both NC State and UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School and has spoken on leadership and management at numerous state, regional, and national conferences.
He received his B.A. and M.A. from Austin College and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. An avid outdoorsman, Chris is an Eagle Scout, has been a school principal and basketball referee and now spends as much of his free time as possible with his family or fly-fishing.
Chris and his wife, April, have been married for 32 years and have two children. Their son, David, works in the financial services sector, and their daughter, Sarah, is an elementary teacher in a high poverty school.
Chris has written the following UNC Executive Development white papers: