Rick Abshier, MBA

Associate Professor, Business and Management | rabshier@patten.edu



Rick Abshier was born and raised in Chicago and spent most of his childhood and adult life there. He holds a B.A. in Political Science, an MBA in Marketing, an M.A. in Religion and a Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Business Education.

Rick has worked as a production planner, field sales engineer, customer service manager and a senior management consultant. He also spent 28 years at FedEx Express where he worked as a Senior Training Specialist and a Senior Manager of Training. He taught management, marketing and economics at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois for six years and has been involved in the world of online higher education since 2004.

Rick and his lovely wife currently live in Northeast Florida in the small beachside community of Fernandina Beach where he enjoys playing the drums and guitar, flight simulation and operating his Ham Radio.