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Diane Wiater, Ph.D.

Diane Wiater, Ph.D.

Regent University’s adjunct professors are rigorously selected so that they help students grow in knowledge and faith. These professors, who teach on a contractual basis, must be dedicated to Christ-centered teaching and learning; have a record of or potential for academic scholarship; possess the ability to teach undergraduate-level and/or graduate-level courses, and embrace Regent’s Identity and Mission statements and subscribe to a statement of Christian faith.


Dr. Diane Wiater is the CEO of Wiater Consulting Group, LLC. Wiater has more than 30 years of experience leading successful teams and developing people. She provides training in the areas of leadership development, team building, process improvement, and organizational development. Wiater has consulted for such organizations as Colonial Foods, Harvest Assembly of God and Leadership Training International. She served nine years on the board of directors for the latter ministry.

Executive, leadership and life coaching are growing trends in developing people. Wiater is a certified coach trainer through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching. She maintains coaching relationships in order to assist others one on one in leadership development, business development, performance improvement and fulfilling life dreams.

She is formerly an executive director of advancement at Regent University, through which she managed the team responsible for supporting the fundraising efforts of the University. She also served as assistant dean of administration and as an assistant professor for Regent University’s School of Business (now School of Business & Leadership). In this capacity she was responsible for oversight of daily operations, budgeting, employee selection, strategic planning and implementation. This included oversight of various departments including Alumni Relations and Career Development. She also served on the faculty, teaching leadership and management primarily at the graduate level.


Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Regent University, 2001

M.A., Communication, Regent University, 1995

B.A. Northern Kentucky University, 1986


Published Works:

"Foundations of Contemporary Leadership: Contemporary Leadership Readings," ed. Gandolpi, F. (2011). Chap. Visionary Leadership. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Business Reform, Vol. 4, Issue 3, May/June 2004. Column, "Power and Influence" co-authored with Miller, J., A. Miller

Business Reform, Vol. 3 Issue 5, September 2003. Column, "Training: An Investment for the Future"

Regent Business Review, Issue 6, July 2003. Book review, "More Than a Pink Cadillac"

Regent Business Review, Issue 3, Nov. 2002. Book review, "Under Cover"

Dissertation: Transformational Leadership: An Examination of Significant Leadership Development Life Experiences of Selected Doctor of Ministry Students; 2001

Conferences and Presentations:

"Strategic Connections." National Women's Ministry Association (NWMA) Annual Gathering, Workshop. May 19, 2005. Conference for women ministry leaders. Over 1,000 in attendance.

"Team Building: Cycles and Leadership." Regent University. Professional Development January 22, 2005

"Running Effective Meetings": Regent University. Professional Development November 1 & 2, 2004

"Team Building: Cycles and Leadership." NACAS - East Regional Conference. June 8, 2004

"Building it Right: How to Determine and Create Your Organizational Structure." Christian Management Association (CMA) annual conference, April 28, 2004.

"Women and Transformation" workshop session for "Created for His Glory." Women's Conference, Sponsored by Christian Renewal Ministries. Philippines. February 7, 12, 14, 2004.

"Management Essentials." Workshop for faculty, staff and student leaders. Bethel Bible College, Philippines. February 11, 2004

"Taking the Land" Chapel Speaker, Bethel Bible College, Philippines. February 11, 2004 "Taking the Land" Guest Preacher, Bethel Church, Lucban, Philippines, February 13, 2004


Awards & Honors:

Outstanding Faculty, Regent University Center for Professional Studies, 2003

Employee of the Month, December 1997 and November 1994, Regent University

Dean's List and Special Commendation for Leadership, McDonald's Hamburger University Advanced Operations Course, 1989

Assistant Manager of the Year, Columbus Region, McDonald's 1989.

CATV Award (Community Access Television) for production of local weekly news program, 1985

Honorary Kentucky Colonel; bestowed 1984 (Gov. Martha Lane Collins)