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Wittmeyer, Carol

TITLES/RESPONSIBILITIES Associate Professor of Management
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Business
CONTACT INFORMATION Office Phone:  (716) 375-2196
OFFICE LOCATION 102A, Swan Business Center
  • MGT 413. Business Policy
  • MGT 432. Family Business Management
  • MBA 649. Business Policy
  • Ed.D., University of Rochester
    • Dissertation: Decision-Making Processes of Private College Trustees 
  • M.B.A. in Accounting, St. Bonaventure University
  • B.B.A. in Accounting, St. Bonaventure University
  • Strategic Management Certificate, Wharton Business School
  • Management Certificate, Harvard University
  • Negotiations and Leadership Program Certificate, Harvard University Law School
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND Dr. Carol B. Wittmeyer teaches family business management as well as corporate and nonprofit strategy at the graduate and undergraduate levels at St. Bonaventure University where she also advises the St. Bonaventure University Family Business Club.

She serves as Chair of the Family Business Special Interest Group of the Academy of Business Disciplines as well as the USASBE (United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship), the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. 

She served as president of the Raymond Family Business Institute, a foundation dedicated to promoting and serving family business owners. Along with colleagues from the Kauffman Foundation, London Business School, Babson College, and Kennesaw University, she coauthored international and national research projects including the family business research in the 2003 Global Entrepreneur Monitor and the 2003 American Family Business Survey, the most widely cited research on family business. 

She has presented research on family business at international meetings of the Family Business Network, the Family Firm Institute and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals; and nationally at the United States of Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the Academy of Business Disciplines.

She was a visiting fellow at Babson College and the University of Rochester where she taught a case study doctoral seminar.

Her alma maters include St. Bonaventure University for her BBA and MBA and the University of Rochester for her Ed.D. She has earned certificates from Harvard University (Program on Negotiations and Management Development Program), and Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania (Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage).

Dr. Wittmeyer participated in the MBA 646 "International Business - China Studies" course held in Shanghai, Xi'an, and Beijing, China during May 2011.

Dr. Wittmeyer was as a senior level university relations administrator at several universities. She has managed capital campaigns totaling over $100 million primarily to support business, engineering and liberal arts programs and facilities. She was the founder of the Meliora Group LLC, a fund-raising consulting group providing services to clients including George Washington Medical School, University of South Florida, Penn State University and the University of Michigan.

She is the president of Dignity Gifts, a company she started w/ her daughter and SBU students to manufacture products for nursing home patients. She has prior business experience at Goldome and Erie Savings bank along with a regional accounting firm.

Refereed Publications

  • McNamara, K., Watson, J., & Wittmeyer, C. (2009, September).  The Utilization of a Succession Plan to Effectively Change Leadership and Ownership in a Small Business Enterprise. The Journal of American Academy of Business, 15(1), 31-43.
  • Wittmeyer, C.  (2007). Pritchett Foods:  From Basement Production to Thriving Innovative Enterprise in Two Generations.  Family Business Casebook Annual 2007.  Atlanta, GA.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2003). The Practice of Management: Timeless Views and Principles.  The Academy of Management Executive.  Vol. 17, No.3. 
  • Astrachan, J., Allen, E., Spinelli, S., & Wittmeyer, C.  The 2003 American Family Business Survey.  Raymond Institute and MassMutual.  2003.
  • Reynolds, P., Wittmeyer, C., Green, M.  (2002). The Global Entrepreneur Monitor:  Family Sponsored Ventures.  Kauffman Foundation. 2003.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

  • Jones, R., & Wittmeyer, C. B. (2011). Trans Am Ambulance Services, Inc.: A Case Study on a Woman Owned For-Profit Family Business Competing in a Non- Profit Industry. USASBE Annual Meeting 2011.
  • Wittmeyer, C., Astrachan, J. & Keyt, A. (2009). Best Practices of Self-Sustaining Family Business Centers.  Proceedings of the USASBE National Annual Conference 2009.
    *Best workshop nominee
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2011). "Developing Family Business Across the Curriculum: Rationale and Approach" at the Academy of Business Discipline Annual 2011 Conference.
  • Wittmeyer, C.  (2008). The Rise and Fall of the Raymond Institute:  Inside a Tail of Unfulfilled Promises.  Proceedings of the USASBE National Annual Conference 2008.
  • Wittmeyer, C.  (2008).  An Examination of Trustee Participation in Institutional Policy and Financial Decision Making.  Proceedings of the IABD National Annual Conference 2008.
  • Astrachan, J., Glucksman, S., & Wittmeyer, C.  (2002). Results from the American Family Business Survey.  Proceedings of the Family Firm Institute National Annual Meeting 2002.  
  • Preston, A., Biter, J., Murphy, R., Murphy, K., & Wittmeyer, C. (1991). Demand Driven Volunteer Institutional Research at Small Liberal Arts College. Proceedings of the 1991 Annual Conference of the Northeast Association for Institutional Research, 235-246.

Invited Presentations & Articles - Family Business

  • New York Association of Convenience Store. May 15, 2014. Moderator and organizer of an education session titled “Family Business Transitions: Strategies That Work”. Panelists included Michael Newman (NOCO), Joe Morabito (Morabito) and Mark Byrne (SonByrne).

  • Wittmeyer, C. (2013, February 8). Let's invest in WNY family firms' next generation, Rochester Business Journal.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2012, May 18). Family business needs your support, Buffalo Business First, p. 54.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2009, April 30). Preparing for Succession: What Will YourLegacy Be? Lecture presented at Annual National Shoe Retailer Association,St. Pete Beach, FL.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2009, April 23).  Azteca Foods Case Study Panel.  Moderator at Family Business Network USA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2009, April 11). All Donors Are Not Equal: Decision Making Strategies for Prioritizing Potential Donors. Session presented at IABD, St. Louis, MO.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2008, January 10). Family Business Teaching Innovation. Panel Member presented at USASBE Annual National Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Wittmeyer, C. & Cox, L.  Family Ventures in the Global Entrepreneur Monitor Report.  Presented at the USASBE Annual Conference.  Dallas, TX: January 21, 2004.
  • Wittmeyer, C. & Green, M.  (2003). Global Research on Family Sponsored Ventures.  Family Firm Institute International Annual Meeting.  Toronto:  October 1, 2003.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2003, September 28). Venture Philanthropy: Building Alliances in Funding Opportunities. Session Presentation presented at Annual Conference of the Funders’ Alliance of Upstate New York, Cooperstown, NY.
  • Astrachan, J., Wittmeyer, C. & et. al. The Global Entrepreneur Monitor:  Family Sponsored Ventures.  Family Business Network International Annual Meeting, Lausanne, Switzerland:  September 24, 2003.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2003, April 1). Upstate New York Family Business Survey Results. Keynote presented at Rochester Chamber of Commerce, Rochester Country Club.
  • Weilerstein, P., Moran, E., McIntyre, J., Hunt, J., & Wittmeyer, C. Show Me the Money: How to Use Entrepreneurial Concepts to Fund Academic Programs and Research. USASBE Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC. (January 23, 2003).
  • Wittmeyer, C., Green, M., Reynolds, P. Start-Up Family Firms: A 2002 Study of Ten Countries as Part of the GEM Project. USASBE Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC. (January 21, 2003).
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2003, June 2). Bob Lonsberry Show [Radio broadcast]. Rochester, NY: WHAM.
  • Wittmeyer, C., & McDermid, M. (2003, May 19). It’s Your Business [Radio broadcast]. Buffalo, NY: WIVB.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2003, February 15). Bloomberg Small Business [Television broadcast]. New York, NY: Bloomberg.

Invited Presentations, Articles & Interviews

  • Wittmeyer, C. (2012, January 12). Strategies for Building Family Business Programs and Courses. Co-moderator and presenter for the USASBE preconference workshop.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2009, April 15). Good to Great in the Development Shop – From Strategy to Execution. Session presented at Association of Fund-Raising Professionals Annual Meeting, Rochester, NY.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2008, October 23). Good to Great in the Development Shop – From Strategy to Execution. Keynote presented at Association of Fund-Raising Professionals Monthly Meeting, Oak Hill CC, Rochester NY.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2008, September 12). All Donors are Not Created Equal. Rochester Business Journal, p. 17.

Contracts, Grants & Sponsored Research 

  • Wittmeyer, C. (2010). Pacioli Research Grant:  Family Business Philanthropy and Franciscan Values.  St. Bonaventure University.
  • Wittmeyer, C. (2010). Azteca Case Study.  St. Bonaventure University Faculty Research Grant.
  • Wittmeyer, C.  (2010). Thriving in Family Business: How the Best Family Companies Master Challenges, Achieve Their Goals and Leave an Indelible Legacy.  St. Bonaventure University Keenan Grant.
  • Wittmeyer, C., "Family Business Executive Education Program Development", Sponsored by Ideal Industries, Private, $100,000 (October 2008 - July 2010).
  • Wittmeyer, C., Reynolds, P., Green, M., "Global Entrepreneur Monitor-Family Business Special Topic", Sponsored by Kauffman Foundation, Raymond Institute, Babson College and London Business School, Federal, $15,000 (January 2002 - January 2004).
  • Wittmeyer, C., Astrachan, J., Spinelli, S., & Allen, E. "American Family Business Survey 2003", Sponsored by Raymond Institute ($125,000) and Mass Mutual ($150,000) (September 2002 - February 2003).

Editorial and Review Activities

  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "Annual Conference Proceedings", Southwestern Academy of Management. (August 2007 - Present).
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE)". (July 2007 - Present).
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "National Conference", USASBE. (July 2007 - Present).
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Papers, "Small Business Institute Journal", Small Business Advancement National Center. (August 2006 - Present).


  • 2001 Buffalo Business First 40 Under 40 Award for Professional Success and Community Involvement
  • Wittmeyer, C. & Keyt, A. (2010). Azteca Foods Case Study: The Valesquez Family Story of Start-up and Succession.
  • Wittmeyer, C. & Raymond, S. (2010). The Raymond Corporation Succession Case Study.
  • Wittmeyer, C., & Watson, J. (2010). Ellicott Square Development: A Case Study of a Thriving Buffalo Family Enterprise.

Board Member of 

  • Olean General Hospital
  • Montessori Children’s House
  • Olean YMCA
  • Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester

Professional Memberships 

  • American Management Association
    • Chair of the Family Business Special Interest Group of USASBE (United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship), the largest independent, professional, academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. 
      Family Business Network USA 
  • Association of Fund Raising Executives
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
  • Chair of the Family Business Track for the Academy of Business Disciplines.


  • St. Mary’s of the Angels Church in Olean, N.Y., as a Eucharistic Minister administering communion to nursing home patients.


  • Reading, biking, running, skiing and traveling.

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  • PART-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus in Olean.
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