Debora Sepich

Deb SepichAssistant Professor of Marketing and Management
Phone: 503-554-2826
Office Location: Newberg Campus, Hoover 121

Office Hours:
By appointment.


Professor Sepich joined the George Fox University College of Business in April 2005 as director of MBA programs and assistant professor of management and marketing. She joined George Fox after spending 25 years in the high-tech business, the final 12 years as cofounder and executive vice president and board member of Dolphin Software.

She teaches courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Upon leaving Dolphin, Debora felt called to help others learn by sharing her experiences in business creation and development. Sepich is also involved in the local business community as a business advisor with a specialty developing go-to-market strategies. While at George Fox University, she has helped lead two groups of graduate students in a study abroad program in Brazil.

Debora and her husband, Gordon, love to travel and have been married for more than 25 years. Along with traveling, Debora enjoys reading, skiing and backpacking with her family which, in addition to her husband, includes a son and daughter-in-law, a daughter, and a Havachon puppy.

Professor Sepich teaches:

  • Introduction to Business
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship Creativity and Innovation


  • EdD, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • MBA, George Fox University
  • BA, Organizational Leadership, George Fox University

Community service

  • Itafari Foundation - Director (2006 to present)
  • Albertina Kerr Foundation: Past Holiday Chairperson (2005, 06, 07)
  • Sisters of Saint Mary’s of Oregon Director (2005-2007)

Research Interests

  • Creativity and adult learners
  • Entrepreneurial education process undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Facilitating cross-cultural business relationships
  • Global entrepreneurship and social enterprise development
  • Marketing the small firm
  • Bootstrap models for starting a business
  • Funding sources for growing companies

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Panel Paper and Presentation Active Learning, Idea Generation and Implementation (MMA 2014 Fall)
  • Panel Paper and Presentation (MMA 2013 Fall), Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Oregon Wine Industry & Experiential Learning: Cultivating relationships produces a three-way harvest (MEA Spring 2013).  Co-presented with Tyler Laird Magee, Justine Haigh and student T. J. Fronius.
  • Integrating real world projects into classroom experience (co-presented with Haigh, Nemetz, MAE Spring 2012)
  • Fair Four: Using trade projects to introduce marketing concepts (CBFA, 2011)
  • Go Big: Teaching disruptive thinking from the first business class (CBFA, 2011)
  • Rahschulte, T., & Sepich, D. (2008). Building classroom culture through effective facilitation. CDTLink, 12(1), 1-11.
  • Rahschulte, T., & Sepich, D. (2009). Educating entrepreneurs: A realistic approach in a complex world.  CTDLink, 4-16.