Alumni Profile

David Washington, PhD

David's Story

2012 Alumni Achievement Award Recipient

At the age of 14 when his mother lost her minimum-wage job, David Washington of Mobile, Ala., willingly became the sole provider for his family. Making the decision to go to work so that his family could keep their home and continue to afford health care for his brother’s chronic medical condition did not cause him to feel sorry for himself; rather, it gave him a feeling of empowerment over the situation at hand. By the time he was a senior in high school, he was working four jobs. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army and worked on his education at night. While enlisted, he earned a Bachelor of Science in general business from Excelsior College in 2001. Upon completion of his military service, he continued to work by day and study by night, earning an MBA from Webster University in 2002. A lifelong learner, he earned a Master of Science in Administration in public administration from Central Michigan University in 2003 and a doctoral degree in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University in 2006. His life story inspired him to write his first book, Life is a Choice: A Guide to Success in Life, which won Best Business Book at the 2011–2012 Los Angeles Book Festival.

Dr. Washington has held faculty positions in business and management at a host of academic institutions. In the College of Management at North Carolina State University, he received honors including Outstanding Teacher Award, Diversity Award, and SGA Distinguished Professor Award. 

He has been published in Leadership and Organizational Management Journal, Franklin Business & Law Journal, and Ethics & Critical Thinking Journal. Washington has been a guest on numerous radio programs, including the NPR affiliate station, WSHA in Raleigh; WHUR-FM in Washington, D.C.; and other media outlets. In 2012 he was featured in CNBC’s American Express Open Forum and in Black Enterprise Magazine. He also was honored as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the U.S. Jaycees.

Currently, he is managing partner of Washington & Company, a business consultancy and training firm in Raleigh, N.C., where he fuels his passion for educating and encouraging people to reach their full potential.