Donald Conant, Ph.D., MBA

Donald Conant, Professor of Business Administration and Economics

Chair, Business Administration and Economics

Professor, Business

Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In person

"Business is everywhere, from the family dining room table to the multi-national boardroom. Wherever you fit in, we can help you succeed."

Areas of Expertise

  • Operations research
  • Management sciences
  • Quantitative methods
  • Organizational leadership


Ph.D., Gonzaga University, 2007
M.B.A., Saint Martin's University, 2002
B.A., Leiden University (Netherlands), 1992
B.A., Northwest University, 1985


In addition to associate professor to the School of Business, Dr. Conant serves on the board of directors of a local steel products manufacturing company. Dr. Conant directed for-profit and non-profit entities in Europe for over ten years. He currently serves as a board member for the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange Board and as Chairperson of the WAHBE Audit and Compliance Committee. He is also a member of the Association of Washington Business and the Thurston County of Commerce.

Select publications:

  • Conant, D. D. & Chaille, S. (2022). Asset depreciation method comparison: An Excel-based classroom exercise. Journal of Education for Business, 97(5), 351-356. DOI: 10.1080/08832323.2021.1967841
  • Conant, D. D. (2018). Examining critical and near-critical paths: An Excel-based classroom exercise. Journal of Education for Business, 93(6), 285-291. DOI: 10.1080/08832323.2018.1490685
  • Conant, D. D. (2015). Developing a scalable model to analyze expanding data sets. INFORMS Transactions on Education, 15(3), 215-223.

Professional associations/memberships:

  • The Association of Washington Business
  • The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce 


  • Member, Washington State Health Benefits Exchange Board
  • Chair, WAHBE Audit and Compliance Committee
  • Past member, Association of Washington Business Board of Directors
  • Past Chair, Association of Washington Business Healthcare Reform Committee

Areas of interest:

  • Operations Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Quality Management
  • Organizational Behavior