- Louisville Campus
3101 Bardstown Road 40205
Phone: 502.456.6505 / 800.844.1354
- Lexington Campus
2355 Harrodsburg Road 40504
Phone: 859.276.4357 / 800.467.6281
- Fort Knox Campus
63 Quartermaster Street 40121
Phone: 502.942.8500 / 800.562.6713
- Online Division
2100 Gardiner Lane Ste. 301 Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502.413.8830 / 866.755.7887
Dr. Merle Heckman is the Manager of Organizational Development for Emerson Power Transmission in Florence, Kentucky. He oversees the training of employees and development of leaders throughout the organization. Emerson Power Transmission is one of the business units of Emerson Electric which is a Fortune 125 company. He is the designer and master trainer of “Safety Leadership Skills” an Emerson course which has been presented to over 20,000 employees worldwide.
Merle’s work experience is very diverse. Out of college, he worked for a religious non-profit organization with young people. After this he was employed by a privately owned transportation company and was involved in operations, customer service, recruitment, and safety. The transportation company specialized in hauling candy and confectionary products like M&M Mars, Nabisco, Brach, Wrigley, Tootsie Roll, and others allowing him interaction with these major companies. He has also worked for a government housing authority as the Director of Human Resources prior to coming to Emerson. The work experiences in the areas of a non-profit organization, a privately held business, a government agency, and now a large publicly held global company allow him to relate to students in various employment roles.
He earned a MA in counseling from Liberty University In Lynchburg, Va. He also has a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management with concentrations in Human Resources, Finance, and Marketing also with a MPA from the same university. Committed to lifelong learning, he completed his Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from Northern Kentucky University.
Merle is also a certified trainer of the “Leadership Through People Skills” course through Psychological Associates in St. Louis. He is certified as an instructor for core Emerson courses – Leading at Emerson, Advanced Leadership at Emerson, You and the Law, and Operating Union Free. He is also an instructor for the Dale Carnegie Training in Effective Communication and Human Relations/Skills for Success, Sales Advantage, Dale Carnegie Online, and the Advanced Dale Carnegie Course.
Dr. Heckman has taught for various universities over the last ten years both in house and online. He is also has the SPHR certification (Senior Professional in Human Resources) from the Society of Human Resources.
He and his wife, Cindy, have seven children and two grandchildren.