Sean Heuvel - Directory - Christopher Newport University


Sean Heuvel

Office of Graduate Studies

Sean Heuvel

Academic Staff
Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions

Trible Library 243
(757) 594-7731


  • Ph D in Educational Leadership, The College of William and Mary
  • MA in History, University of Richmond
  • M Ed in Educational Leadership, The College of William and Mary
  • BA in Government, The College of William and Mary


Leadership through the Ages, Senior Leadership Seminar, Theories and Perspectives on Leadership


Military History and Leadership (American Revolution, U.S. Civil War, World War II), Higher Education Leadership, The College Presidency


Dr. Sean M. Heuvel serves as Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions at Christopher Newport University. In that capacity, he oversees the admissions process for all of CNU's graduate programs. He holds a B.A. in Government, M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration, and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from The College of William and Mary. He also completed an M.A. in History from the University of Richmond. Prior to this current position, he served as a faculty member at CNU for sixteen years and was an admissions officer in CNU's Undergraduate Admissions Office before that.

An active scholar in the fields of American military history, higher education, and leadership studies, he has written numerous books as well as articles for refereed journals, encyclopedias, and magazines. His interests include higher education history, the college presidency, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War II, and military leadership. Active in foreign study programs at CNU, Heuvel has also lectured at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. He and his wife and two children live in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2020). New perspectives on heroic/postheroic leadership and on heroic followership.. International Leadership Journal. Volume, 12. Issue, 1. Pages, 8-25.
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    (2020). From Across the Sea: North Americans in Nelson's Navy. Helion and Company. Pages, 316.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). There is still a place for the study of great leaders.. International Leadership Journal. Volume, 10. Issue, 2.
  • Book Review
    (2018). 1777: Tipping Point at Saratoga. History: Reviews of New Books. Volume, 46. Issue, 4. Pages, 96.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). "Culture Clash: An Analysis of Dwight D. Eisenhower's Engagement with Academic Culture as President of Columbia University". Journal of Higher Education Management. Volume, 31. Issue, 2.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). "Understanding a New Type of Higher Education Leader: A Call to Arms to Study Nontraditional College Presidents. International Leadership Journal. Volume, 9. Issue, 2. Pages, 80-84.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2016). "Terry Sanford at Duke University: A Leadership Efficacy Model for Non-Traditional College Presidents in Adjusting to Academic Culture". Journal of Higher Education Management. Volume, 31. Issue, 1. Pages, 98-118.
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