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Walton, Brien, JD, EdD

Walton, Brien, JD, EdD

Walton, Brien, JD, EdD

Director of the Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship College of Business

Contact Information:

Husson University
Richard E. Dyke Center for Family Business
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.404.5699 Email:


Dr. Brien Walton is a life-long learner, having completed his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Learning Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania; a Juris Doctorate in Law at the University of D.C., a Master of Education in Workforce Development at the University of Pennsylvania; a Master of Arts in Educational Technologies at Harvard University; a Master of Laws in Taxation at Georgetown University; a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of D.C.; and a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Development at the Wharton School of Business.

A serial entrepreneur and active startup mentor, Dr. Walton was the founding CEO of the nation's first education-focused, university-based, business incubator and venture capital fund sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, where he developed a hybrid curriculum combining Design Thinking best practices and Emotional Intelligence assessments to accelerate business skill development.  Prior to Husson, Dr. Walton taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and has more than 15 years of teaching experience. Dr. Walton is also certified in Emotional Intelligence Testing & Counseling (EQ-i 2.0/360) by Multi-Health Systems, Inc., which he uses in his professional practice of advising corporate executives on business and operational strategy.

Dr. Walton has joined the Husson team as the Director of the Center for Family Business and as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship.

Professional Statement

As a teacher and entrepreneur, I believe that we best experience the world through engagement with family, friends, and the communities around us, and the “quality” of that engagement is what shapes our interests, forms into passion, and motivates us to move forward.  I view my role as a teacher is to help students master the critical thinking and emotional intelligence skills that will generate high quality engagements for them here at Husson, while providing students with the business acumen and managerial tools to ensure they succeed in whatever industry they are passionate about pursuing.  I believe that the most successful students are able to leverage their empathy for others, with a nonlinear perspective that enables them to consider new options, combined with an entrepreneurial mindset that continually seeks to add value to the conversation.  In my business classes, students develop those competencies through learning how to question a company’s marketing strategies, conduct research and investigate company facts, and get actively involved in developing business and operational plans for the company. Teaching provides me with a front-row seat to the evolution of aspiring business professionals and innovators, who will eventually shape our world, and to help students achieve their business ambitions is why I am a teacher.