Robert Trebar

Dean of the School of Business and professor of business administration

What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?

  • We realize that emerging business leaders need to do more than "know.” Even "critical thinking” is just a starting point. They need to be self-aware and to be able to initiate action, influence others and produce results. Through our experiential and talent development approach to business education, we embed that philosophy into how we engage students inside and outside of the classroom. Our graduates leave here equipped to take on the challenges of a 21st century economy.


  • Doctor of Philosophy - University of Toledo
  • Master of Business Administration – Case Western Reserve University
  • Bachelor of Arts – John Carroll University

Courses Taught:

  • MBA588 - Policy Development
  • MBA544 - Marketing Strategies
  • MBA562 - Healthcare Delivery Systems
  • MBA580 – Entrepreneurship
  • HU125 - Critical Thinking Through Controversy

Research/Creative Activity Interests:

  • Primary focuses:
    • Entrepreneurial behavior theory
    • Healthcare business strategy
    • Regional economic development

Awards/Professional Memberships:

  • Named as a "Memorable Educator” by Ohio Magazine (November 2013, Excellence in Education issue)
  • Named "Faculty Member of the Year – Award for Excellence in Teaching” Lake Erie College (2007-2008) May 2008
  • Named "Distinguished Marketing & Sales Executive of the Year” by the Cleveland Chapter of the Sales and Marketing Executives Association, February, 2007
  • Grant – Designing and Assessing an Experiential Learning Program with Start-up Companies. The Fenn Educational Fund of the Cleveland Foundation / Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (2013).
  • Grant – Establishing the Lake Erie College Center for Entrepreneurship. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation (2010).
  • Member of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs
  • Member of the Steris, Inc. Founders Foundation Scholarship Committee


  • Trebar, R.J. (2014). The Influence of the College Environment on the Entrepreneurial Intentions of Students(Doctoral Dissertation). University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
  • Trebar, R.J. (2013). A Causal Model of the Entrepreneurial Intentions of Students. Competition Forum, 5, 117-126.
  • Quoted in Glasier, D. (2013, June 30). U.S. Economy in a New Paradigm with Slow Recovery. The News-Herald.
  • Quoted in Glasier, D. (2012, February 19). Is Local Economy Moving Forward? The News-Herald.
  • Quoted in Jackson, R. (2012, February 6). Super Bowl Commercials: Some Ads Miss the Mark. Others Fail to Make One. The News-Herald.
  • Quoted in Fabregas, L. & Conte, A. (2011, June 12). Pittsburgh-Cleveland Rivalry Renewed on Health Care Turf.The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • Quoted in Fertal, C. (2011, March 14). Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Lubrizol for $9B in Cash. The News-Herald.
  • Bloomberg Television (2010, July 1). The Impact on the Regional Economy of the Departure of LeBron James from the Cleveland Sports Scene, New York, NY.
  • Trebar, R.J. (2009). On Building a Successful Enterprise. Columbus, OH: Ohio Small Business Development Center (Ohio Department of Development).
  • Trebar, R. J. (2009). Start at the Beginning: Your Products and Customers. Hudson, OH: Hudson Library & Historical Society.
  • Trebar, R.J. (2009). Entrepreneurship and the Liberal Arts College, Proceedings of the University System of Ohio Learning, Libraries and Technology Conference, Columbus, OH: The University System of Ohio.
  • Quoted in Butz, M. (2009, October 10). Recovering Slowly. The News-Herald.
  • WEWS (ABC)-TV5 (2008, November 1). Lake County as a Bellwether in National Elections, Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH.
  • Quoted in Baker, B. (2008, September 16). Time will tell what Wall Street Woes will do to Northeast Ohio. The News-Herald.
  • Quoted in Publisher’s Editorial. (2008, March 24). Federal Reserve had to Help Bank. The News-Herald.
  • Quoted in Baker, B. (2008, March 20). National City Gets Relief. The News-Herald.
  • Quoted in Baker, B. (2008, February 24). Experts say Economic Slowdown Won’t Keep Region Down—for Long.The News-Herald.
  • WEWS (ABC)-TV5 (2008, November 1). Lake County as a Bellwether in National Elections, Cleveland, OH Cleveland, OH.
  • R. J. Trebar, (2007). Understanding Marketing Basics for Emerging Businesses, Proceedings of the Conference of Small Business Development Centers, Columbus, OH: Ohio Small Business Development Center (Ohio Department of Development).