Dr. John F. (Jack) McCarthy, Director

Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior

Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program

Director of the Executive Development Roundtable

Boston University Questrom School of Business

Dr. Jack McCarthy was named in July 2015 as the Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Boston University, where he has led a year-long seminar series on leadership for the past nine years. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Questrom School of Business at Boston University and also serves as the Director of the Executive Development Roundtable, a major consortium and research center on leadership. In addition, he is the faculty director for the school’s core undergraduate Organizational Behavior course, where he and colleagues have received major grant funding from the university in recognition of ongoing innovations in teaching and learning. With research interests in leadership, creativity, organizational change and global sustainability, his work has been published in leading journals and he is a frequent speaker and consultant in the US and abroad on leadership and leading positive change. An innovative and dynamic teacher in the undergraduate, MBA, international and executive programs, he was awarded the 2012 Broderick Prize for Excellence in Teaching at the Boston University Questrom School of Business, the school’s highest honor for teaching.

Dr. McCarthy was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of New Hampshire, where he launched and led the undergraduate business program at the university’s urban campus in Manchester, NH and was the recipient of the college-wide 2005 Teaching Excellence Award. Having taught for four summers in residence in China, he received the 2009 and 2014 Faculty of the Year Awards from the International MBA cohort at Boston University. He participated in 2014 in a faculty study tour on innovation in Israel and served as a visiting scholar at Dublin City University in Ireland as well as at the Center for Creative Leadership in Ethiopia, Africa, where he studied and practiced global leadership development.


With eighteen years of industry experience in corporate finance as a financial analyst, manager, director and senior executive in operating divisions of Raytheon, Schlumberger and W.R. Grace prior to his career transition into academia, Dr. McCarthy draws heavily upon his real-world management and leadership experience in his teaching, research and consulting. He is a member of the Boston University Provost’s Arts Council and serves on the School of Theatre’s Academic Outreach Committee to support and encourage creativity, innovation and the arts in management education and leadership development. Dr. McCarthy holds a BA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MBA from Babson College, and a DBA from the Questrom School of Business at Boston University. A native Bostonian, and an alumnus of the Boston Latin School, he coached youth sports for many years and still plays competitive ice hockey, although at an increasingly less competitive pace. He is married to Catherine Hauke McCarthy, an artist and secondary school Special Education teacher; they are proud parents of two adult children.