Roland J. Kushner 

Professor of Business and Business Program Director
B.A., Carleton University;
M.B.A., Ph.D., Lehigh University 

Fall 2020 Activity:  

  • Courses: BUS 101 "Business & Society," BUS 236 "Management," BUS 315 "Management of Not-for-Profit Organizations," MOL 620, "Interdisciplinary Leadership"

  • Supervising independent studies and honors projects in arts administration
  • Community service on Boards of New Bethany Ministries, The Sing Out Corporation, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation

  • Current research on nonprofit governance and on arts sector recovery from Covid-19

For more information on my teaching, research, music, and community work, visit  or 

Roland J. Kushner joined the Muhlenberg College Department of Accounting, Business, Economics & Finance in 2006, where he is now Professor and Director of the business program. He has a B.A. from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), and M.B.A. and Ph.D. from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. His research addresses strategic management and organizational performance challenges in nonprofit organizations, and the economics of cultural industries. 

In the Muhlenberg business program, he teaches business & society, management, small business management, arts administration, nonprofit management, and the capstone strategic management course.  Serving the broader Muhlenberg curriculum, he has offered a first-year seminar on the study of songs, developed the curriculum for Muhlenberg’s Master’s in Organizational Leadership, and teaches Multidisciplinary Leadership in that program.

Dr. Kushner’s research focuses on two main areas: strategic management and organizational performance challenges in nonprofit organizations; and the economics of cultural industries. He is published in Journal of Cultural Economics, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, International Journal of Arts Management, Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society, Nonprofit Policy Forum, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Case Journal¸ and by Brookings Institution Press.

From 2005 to 2016, he was research director of the Arts Index project of Americans for the Arts, and co-author of annual National Arts Index reports.  From 2006-2016, he prepared Chorus America’s Choral Operations Survey Report.  He has consulted to American Red Cross International Services, RAND, Urban Institute, Americans for the Arts, Chorus America, and C.F. Martin & Co.  His career includes success as founding managing director of Bethlehem Musikfest, development director for Bethlehem Bach Choir; founding president of Rose Garden Children’s Festival; and interim executive director of NPR affiliate WDIY-FM.  He is currently on the Boards of The Sing Out Corporation, Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation, and New Bethany Ministries, where he was Board President 2016-2019.