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Kristen Ryan
Interim MBA Director
Phone: (716) 375-2175
Fax: (716) 375-2191

Stevens, John B.

Stevens, John B.
ACADEMIC SCHOOL School of Business
CONTACT INFORMATION Phone: (716) 375-7662
Fax: (716) 375-2191
OFFICE LOCATION Office: 105, Swan Business Center
  • University 101
  • Clare 401. University Forum - Capstone
  • MGT 301. Management & Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 401. Human Resources
  • MGT 402. Advanced Human Resource Management
  • MBA 613. Organizational Behavior
  • MBA 632. Human Resource Management
  • MBA 649. Business Policy
  • MBA 698DM. Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • MPL - Change Management
  • M.A., Business and Policy Studies, Empire College, State University of New York
  • B.A., Journalism, St. Bonaventure University

John is an organizational development, training and human resources consultant. In addition to his position at St. Bonaventure University he owns and operates JB Stevens Organizational Solutions.

John has more than 30 years of experience in positions involving organizational development, administration, human resources, communications and public relations. He provides services to meet the performance needs of business, industry, organizations, and nonprofit agencies.

His career includes:

  • Director of the MBA Program at St. Bonaventure University, 2009-2014,
  • VP for Human Resources at a 500+ employee non-profit institution
  • Director of the Achievement Center for Continuous Learning at St. Bonaventure University 
  • Manager of Training and Employee Development at the CUTCO Cutlery Division of Alcas Corporation, the leading manufacturer of household cutlery in North America  
  • Training Manager for AVX Corporation in Olean, NY (maker of ceramic capacitors
    used in the electronics industry)
  • Training Specialist for Dresser-Rand Corporation, Olean, NY, a multi-national
    manufacturer of compressors and turbines used in the gas transmission industry

He is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) - the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

John is a past president of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.  Her serves on the Cattaraugus-Allegany County Workforce Investment Board, and is president of the Leadership Cattaraugus program.

He is certified to deliver training in problem-solving and decision-making, performance appraisal, coaching skills, and the AchieveGlobal library of Management courses.  He has presented/delivered training programs to agencies throughout the Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania area.

He has taught continuing education and/or college courses at Cornell University, Jamestown Community College, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and Penn State University.

He is published monthly, writing a business column for the Olean Times Herald, a daily newspaper. He has been instrumental in helping Olean-area schools develop partnerships in education with business, industry and non-profit organizations.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY There is no such thing as a dumb question; asking is how we learn.
PERSONAL INTERESTS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT He is a board member of the Cattaraugus/Allegany Workforce Investment Board. John is president of the Leadership Cattaraugus program, which he helped found in 2003. 

John has been keeping statistics for the men's basketball team at SBU for 37 years, and for the women's team for about 10 years.

What Can I Do With This Major?

 MBA Program Now Available Online 
Same rigorous program, same outstanding faculty, 100% online

Learn more at or by calling 1-844-424-4960

St. Bonaventure's MBA program is offered at the Olean campus and at the Buffalo Center in Hamburg.


Only 5% of business schools worldwide are accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business.
St. Bonaventure's School of Business is proud to display the AACSB seal, signifying accreditation at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
This assures that you're getting a top-quality education, and it tells employers that you're ready to perform from day one.
What's more, we're in the business of preparing our students to be not only truly outstanding professionals, but truly outstanding people as well. You'll develop skills and insights to help you compete in the global economy while learning to make decisions rooted in moral and ethical values that define our Franciscan tradition.

Flexible programs, two campuses and online

St. Bonaventure's MBA program is designed to meet the needs of the busy consumer. We offer our program in four formats – part time, full time, weekends only and an online MBA program – and at two locations: our main campus in Olean, N.Y., and at our Buffalo Extension Center on the Hilbert College campus in Hamburg, N.Y.

The Olean and Buffalo Center academic calendars can be found here.
  • PART-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus in Olean.
  • FULL-TIME FORMAT: Classes are generally held once a week in the late afternoon or evening at the main campus on a semester basis. Students with the appropriate academic background may be able to complete degree requirements in one year.
  • WEEKEND FORMAT: Classes are held on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Extension Center at Hilbert College. Students take one course at a time in five weekend modules. (NOTE: MBA 649, the required capstone course, is offered on the main campus only; students must travel to the Olean campus to complete this course.)
  • ONLINE FORMAT: Classes are available fully online.

NOTE: For the on-campus MBA, elective and foundation courses are occasionally offered ONLINE.

Students typically enter the program at the beginning of the fall or spring semesters, though summer entrance is also possible for most students.

Students with appropriate academic background may be able to complete degree requirements in 15 months. Most students, however, are able to complete degree requirements in approximately two years.

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