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Dr. Alvin P. Drischler

Washington College, Chestertown, MD, Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Business Management
Faculty Advisor, Global Business Studies concentration

In government Al Drischler worked as chief of staff for a U.S. Senator and as chief legislative advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State.

In business he served as international affairs advisor to the CEO of a New York-based private equity firm. In that capacity, he amassed endless airline miles working on overseas transactions primarily in Eastern Europe and Latin America.

Now Alvin Drischler is bringing his global business expertise to students at Washington College.

"I wanted to spend more time teaching and less time in airplanes," quips Drischler, who taught in Johns Hopkins University's graduate program while earning an MBA in corporate finance. My wife and I visited several college towns, and Chestertown won us over."

Drischler, who holds a Ph.D. in international relations from Princeton University, now teaches four classes a year at Washington College: International Business, Global Business Strategy, Strategic Management, and International Political Economy.

"Global learning is a College priority," says Drischler. "The business department's Working Capital requirement was designed with that in mind. It's hard to find a business that doesn't have a global component." In fact, Drischler proposed and Washington College recently introduced a new concentration in global business studies based in the International Studies department. "The idea for the concentration," says Drischler, "is to introduce students with an interest in international affairs to the concepts of global business."

In a Web-based global business strategy simulation, Drischler's students are beating the competition—not just other undergraduates, but grad students from some of the world's leading business schools. Drischler notes that many firms use this global simulation as a training program for executives—making the Washington College student achievement even more remarkable. Students have to consider exchange rates, economic conditions, marketing and pricing decisions, and other aspects of global business.

Because of his previous experience with a wide range of investments in manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, soft drink bottling, and power utilities, Drischler is particularly adept at explaining the current global economic situation, which in the wake of the recent economic crash is undergoing a rebalance of power—with East Asia emerging as the new powerhouse. Similarly, he is well versed in the role of governments and financial institutions in influencing international trade.

"Part of my job with Leucadia National Corporation was to interface with major international financial institutions such as the World Bank, the European Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

"In the governance of the global economy and international business, there is much more at work than simply supply and demand."

Education

  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., Politics, Princeton University
  • Ph.D., International Relations, Princeton University
  • M.B.A., Corporate Finance, the Johns Hopkins University

Biography

Dr. Drischler has had a wide-ranging career in government, business, and academia.

In government he served first as legislative director and then as chief of staff to Senator Paul Laxalt (R, NV). Subsequently, in the Reagan State Department, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs, a position which required him to act frequently as chief legislative advisor to Secretaries Haig and Shultz.

In the business sector, Dr Drischler was International Affairs Advisor to the Chairman and CEO of an S&P 500 company, the Leucadia National Corporation. In that capacity he was actively involved in a wide range of investments in manufacturing, telecommunications, financial services, soft drink bottling, and power utilities.

His corporate activities have taken him to numerous countries including Russia, Argentina, Venezuela, Belize, Haiti, Guyana, Guatemala, Barbados, Bulgaria, the Congo, and Nicaragua.

His transactions have included work with the International Finance Corporation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Commonwealth Development Corporation, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation among other institutions.

At Washington College Dr Drischler teaches global business strategy, international political economy, international business, and strategic management. He has also taught a graduate seminar in international investment and political risk analysis at the Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C

Personal

Dr. Drischler and his wife, Jill, are currently restoring an 18th century house in Chestertown, Maryland. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis, chess, and classical music.

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