Douglas Fenner, Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Technology

Dr. Fenner holds an Ed.D. in leadership and educational sciences from the University of San Diego, a M.S., in computer resources and information management from Webster University at Saint Louis, Missouri, and a B.S. in electrical engineering from West Coast University, Los Angeles. Prior to transferring to USD, Dr. Fenner attended doctoral level courses at PLNU. He is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute “Leadership for a Democratic Society” program in which he served as class president. As a retired civil servant and navy veteran, his 35-year industry experience expands across various disciplines ranging from Chief Information Officer to Deputy Chief Information Officer to Director of Organizational Development and Training to Regional Contracting Officer’s Representative to Information Technology Project Manager with the Department of the Navy and Bureau of Medicine. His seven-year stint as a lecture in the Business School at San Diego State University, Dr. Fenner taught Employment Law, Performance Management, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Development/Leadership. Since 2017, serving as an Adjunct Professor at PLNU, he teaches computer information technology courses.

In 2008, Dr. Fenner founded the Fenner Consulting Group (FCG). FCG provides training and coaching in the areas of: 360 degree assessments, executive coaching, humanistic leadership development, facilitator competencies, emotional/social intelligence, diversity, inclusions and equity and succession development planning. He is a certified International Coaching Federation (ICF) professional coach, emotional intelligence practitioner, LOMINGER 360 and Emotional Intelligence Assessor.

Dr. Fenner’s research interests include human development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, facilitator competency, succession development planning, humanistic leadership, workforce development, operational technology, information technology, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. He is an advocate for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and supports organizations such as the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Armed Forces Communications (AFCEA) and Electronics Association, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), San Diego Professional Coaching Alliance (SDPCA), San Diego Chapter of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC), National Association of Black Women in Construction (NABWIC), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHE)/Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) (advisor), San Diego County Engineering Council (SDCEC), North San Diego Business Chamber and former secretary and board member of the San Diego Defense and Space Technology Consortium (SDDSTC). Moreover, Dr. Fenner has spearheaded several innovative enterprise technology programs such as Medical Smart Card, Telemedicine, and Breastcancer for the Department of Defense.


  • Ed.D., Leadership and Educational Sciences, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • M.S., Computer Resources and Information Management, Webster University, St. Louis, MO
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, West Coast University, Los Angeles, CA
  • A.S., Digital Electronics, Mesa College, San Diego, CA

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Hardware and Networking - CIT 2014
  • Introduction to Operating Systems and Security – CIT 2024
  • Project Management - CIT 3034


Experience in Field

  • President, Executive Coaching/OD & Training, Fenner Consulting Group, (2008 – Present)
  • Adjunct Professor, Computer Information Technology, Point Loma Nazarene University, (2017 – Present)
  • Chief Information Officer, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, (2012 – 2016)
  • Director of Organizational Development & Training, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, (2009 – 2012)
  • Regional Contracting Officer’s Representative, Marine Corps Systems Command, (2003 – 2009)
  • Chief Information Officer, Military Sealift Command, (1999 – 2002)
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer, TRICARE Region Nine, San Diego, (1995 – 1999)
  • Project Manager Information Technology, Naval Supply Systems Command, (1989 – 1995)
  • Electronics Engineer, NAVSEA/NAVAIR Systems Commands, (1987 – 1989)
  • Data Management Analyst, ACCESS Research Corporation, (1985 – 1987)
  • Computer Engineer Analyst, Aeronautical Research Inc. (ARINC), (1981 – 1985)
  • Torpedoman Technologist, United States Navy, (1977 – 1981)

Awards and Honors

  • Women’s Leadership Network Certificate of Appreciation Award (2019)
  • NSBE Speaking Award, (2017)
  • Northrop Grumman Speaking Award, (2017)
  • Command Outstanding Safety Awards, (2012 – 2016)
  • Keynote Speaker Award, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, (2012)
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference Special Act Award, (2011)
  • Outstanding Performance Awards, (2009 – 2012)
  • Department of the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, (1999)
  • What Ever It Takes “Walker Award” TRICARE Region Nine, (1998)
  • Military Performance Awards, (1978 – 1981)

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Humanistic Leadership: Transforming Ordinary Leaders Into Extraordinary Ones, (2022)
  • Designed & Developed: Facilitator Competency Andragogy Course, (2021)
  • Employment and Practices: San Diego County Engineering Council, (2020)
  • Succession Development Planning: A Strategy Used to Help Future-Proof Your Workforce, ISBN-13: 9780692925003, (2017)
  • Diversity Hiring, National Society of Black Engineers, Los Angeles, (2015)
  • Business Coaching: A Prominent Solution in the Succession Planning Process, Talk Magazine,  (2012)
  • Business Coaching Handbook: A Guide to Developing a Multidimensional Workforce, (2011)
  • A Guide to Establishing a Mentoring Culture Handbook, (2010)
  • Linking Succession Planning to Employee Training: A Study of Federal Employees, (2005)
  • Evaluating Morale in QuadraCare, (1999)
  • Engineering Design: Passive Infrared 360 Degree Motion Detection Security System, (1995)