Alan Cabelly


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Professor of Management

Office: KMC 510C
Phone: 503-725- 3789 
Fax: 503-725-5850 



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Alan Cabelly teaches and coaches in Human Resource Management, Leadership, and Negotiations at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels.  Alan has a B.A. from Stony Brook University (1972), an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University (1975), a Ph.D. from the University of Washington (1979), and is accredited as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute and as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Alan has been a PSU HRM faculty member since 1980, advising its award-winning HRM program and students during that time.  He served as Area Director for the Management/HRM Area from 1997 to 2011.  He helped found PSU's Professional Development Center (now Center for Executive and Professional Education, CEPE) in 1982, initiating its Certificate Programs in HRM, and has also taught with the Food Industry Leadership Center since 1994.  He has supervised hundreds of student interns and has extensive international teaching experience.

He was recently honored by students, alumni, corporate leaders, and HRM Professional Societies who secretly raised funds to name a classroom in the Karl Miller Center for him.  He is the only current faculty member so honored.

Prof. Cabelly has announced his retirement from Portland State on June 30, 2018, and has applied for promotion to Professor Emeritus.  

Alan was founding Advisor of the PSU SHRM/Northwest Human Resource Management Association (NHRMA) Chapter, which has won 35 consecutive Superior Merit Awards from SHRM (the longest streak in the nation), as well as numerous SHRM and NHRMA student competitions.  He has been named SHRM Advisor of the Year, twice Distinguished Member of NHRMA, and earned the Human Resources Award of Excellence from the Portland SHRM Chapter, PHRMA.  He was President of NHRMA in 2000, and Director of Oregon SHRM in 2009.  He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of NHRMA, OregonSHRM, and PHRMA, and has served on numerous conference committees, including six NHRMA Conference Committees.  For many years he served on the SHRM College Relations Committee.  

Prof. Cabelly is the founder and Executive Director of the Portland Leadership Institute (, which focuses on Leadership Excellence in the 21st century.  He uses the DiSC© system and other contemporary techniques for Executive and Leadership Coaching, and speaks widely on InterGenerational Effectiveness in the Workplace; Strategic Negotiations; Using Brain Science to Improve Workplace Engagement among the Generations; Corporate Teambuilding; WorkLife Synergy; and various other Leadership and HRM topics.  A nationally known speaker on Generations and Millennials, he will give two Generations talks at the 2018 SHRM Conference.  He is uniquely qualified to help generations work better with each other. 

Alan excels at being an Executive Coach, helping leaders improve and succeed at their craft. As Coach, he focuses on helping people make necessary changes in their behavior that will enable them to enhance their effectiveness. He uses the DiSC© as a Leadership Tool to identify leadership strengths and facilitate change.

Alan's travels have been extensive. He has visited his ancestral homeland in Greece; he has taught and worked in Abu Dhabi, China, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Serbia and Viet Nam; beyond these travels he has seen the wonders of Africa (Egypt and South Africa), Asia, Europe (from Iceland to Sweden to Spain to the Czech Republic), the Pacific (Bali, with upcoming trips to Fiji and Australia) and Peru. In this country his explorations have taken him from Juneau and Denali to San Antonio and New Orleans; from the Tetons, Yellowstone and the Little Bighorn to Crater Lake and Mts. Rainier, Adams, St. Helens, and Shasta; and of course the entire east coast. 

Alan keeps active physically, having run 64 marathons, once running 101 miles in 24 hours. (If you google him you will find his most famous quote: "Any idiot can run a marathon; it takes a special kind of idiot to run an ultramarathon.") For many years he was on the Board of the Oregon Road Runners Club, was a race director for many races, and pace group leader for the Portland Marathon Training Clinic. 

His personal mission is to help individuals find passion in their work, develop their leadership skills, and improve the functioning of their work teams.  His multigenerational family includes two grandsons and one granddaughter.  In his spare time he gardens, travels the world teaching with his wife and partner Jean Benevento, helping students and executives develop their leadership skills, and remains physically active.