About Us


Dr. Brad Bechtold

Alison Search
Department Assistant


Furman University's Center for Corporate and Professional Development was established in 2003 in direct response to the business community’s expressed need for liberal arts based executive education. At Furman, we believe that a liberal arts education is the knowledge matrix of the global competitive environment. With its cultivation of scientific, social and cultural literacy, it prepares the learner for an increasingly diverse and complex business world. With its development of critical and analytical skills, it enables executives to grasp the direction of the changes that sweep over us. A liberal arts executive education that mirrors the world in which we live and shapes the leaders we require.

The mission of the Center for Corporate and Professional Development is to anticipate and respond to the ever-changing needs of organizations by providing high-quality instructional programs tailored to meet particular needs. We offer a wide range of customized training options in the areas of executive leadership and team development, project management, finance and accounting, and other facets of business development and human performance improvement. With superb professors drawn from the faculty at Furman University, as well as instructors recruited from leading companies, the Center for Corporate and Professional Development is eager to assist your organization in meeting its educational needs.

Using the latest instructional systems design technology, our educators and performance consultants link learning to real-world problems facing your organization. Our goal is to assist you in helping your company achieve a competitive advantage in the marketplace by offering customized educational solutions that enhance individual competence for success in the workplace.

The Center’s corporate education programs are customized to each client organization, which guarantees that you’ll achieve the impacts you desire. Our client list includes organizations such as Alfmeier, BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Lockheed Martin, General Electric, O’Neal, Goodwill Industries, RBC Insurance Services, TetraData, Greenville County Rape Crisis and Child Abuse Center, Michelin, Kolbenschmidt Pierburg, and many others.

I hope that you enjoy reviewing our latest website for executive education programs from the Center for Corporate and Professional Development. For more detailed information about the Center, please contact me directly at (864) 294-3136 or by email at brad.bechtold@furman.edu.

Dr. Brad Bechtold
Director, Continuing Education

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
John F. Kennedy



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