Organization Development and Leadership

John Thinnes, Ed.D.

Affiliate Faculty 
Organization Development and Leadership


Dr. Thinnes is a consultant, faculty member and executive coach specializing in   leadership and implementing change. He served as the Director of the Training and Organization Development Graduate Program at Saint Joseph’s University for over 20 years.

Prior to coming to Saint Joseph’s University, John worked with Exxon Company, in a variety of leadership positions including manager of a large data processing department with over 160 people and six direct reports.  As a consultant, Dr. Thinnes worked with a variety of businesses including financial, banking, electronics, food, public utilities, health care, government, pharmaceuticals, textile and manufacturing.  He specializes in working with management to formulate and execute challenging and innovative strategic plans. John’s work focuses on practical methods and approaches to implementing strategic change and creating productive work environments.

Dr. Thinnes is a frequent speaker on strategic change and leadership in North America and China. He presented at programs sponsored by; Council of Growing Organizations, American Society for Training and Development, Association for Continuing Higher Education, Electric Utility Organization Development Conference, Organization Development National Conference, Pennsylvania Human Resource Conference, American Society for Personnel Administrators and Shanghai Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Thinnes holds a MA from Villanova University and a BA from Saint Joseph’s University and an Ed.D from Temple University.