Skip to main content

Mansfield Magazine

Dr. John DeLeon Ready to Share Business Insights at Tarleton-Midlothian

May 31, 2016 02:07PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Midlothian Campus of Navarro Campus. Photo courtesy of their website.

When Dr. John DeLeon joins the faculty at Tarleton State University’s center on Navarro College’s Midlothian campus this fall, he’ll bring more than a textbook approach to best practices in business.

Dr. John DeLeon

A self-made entrepreneur, he’ll pass on valuable information learned as the owner of a small business and as a grass-roots real estate investor. He’ll expose students to the original writings of the self-described “social ecologist” Peter Drucker and the creative thinking of economist Edith Penrose. But, he won’t stop there. 

He’ll stress that no single methodology fits every business, but there are practices, tools and techniques that can be adapted to a variety of situations. His goals are to equip and empower future entrepreneurs and help establish a strong business program at Tarleton-Midlothian. 

It was during his stint as a student at the University of Texas at Arlington that he first heard of Tarleton.

“My fellow doctoral students at UTA spoke highly of Tarleton and its College of Business Administration,” he said. “I was impressed with Tarleton’s commitment to being a student-focused university and its dedication to transform lives by inspiring discovery, leadership and service through exceptional teaching and research.

“The more I heard of Tarleton, the more I wanted to be part of it.”

DeLeon joined Tarleton two years ago, teaching business strategy, management principles and statistics at the Stephenville campus. 

A Dallas native, he graduated from the School for Health Professions at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center with his mind set on a medical career. There he became a certified nurse’s aide (CNA) in anticipation of his career choice and launched a landscape and irrigation management company to earn spending money. Not a bad start in life for a high school student. 

But, as it often does, life took some unusual twists and turns. 

“In high school, I became a Christian and earnestly considered a career in vocational ministry instead of medicine. So I enrolled at Dallas Baptist University and earned a bachelor’s in Biblical Studies. Managing my own company, however, convinced me to pursue a career in business instead of ministry. 

“I earned a bachelor’s in management from UTA and went back to DBU for an MBA in finance,” DeLeon explained. “While at DBU, a professor insisted that I pursue the next level of education, so I ended up back at UTA to work on a doctorate in business administration.”

According to DeLeon, pursuing a business degree makes perfect sense.

“Business touches every aspect of society,” he said. “Graduates go on to work in myriad careers, not all of them strictly associated with business.

“Besides roles in accounting and finance, business graduates enjoy careers in marketing, advertising and public relations, as well as insurance, sales and human resources. Business graduates go to work in government, international commerce, arts and even nonprofit organization—like the ministry. A business degree can be applied to virtually any industry—anywhere in the world—and helps create a better, more fulfilling personal life.”

Tarleton-Midlothian offers junior/senior classes for completion of a bachelor’s in business. The degree plan is designed to build on associate programs offered by Navarro College. 

In addition to teaching and conducting research at Tarleton, DeLeon continues to build his real estate portfolio. He and his wife, Melissa, are active members at Hillcrest Baptist Church in nearby Cedar Hill and its Open Hearts Adoption Ministry. They have two children, Zoe, 2, and Muse (pronounced moose), 3.

For more on Tarleton-Midlothian, go to

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.

Like what you're reading? Subscribe to Mansfield Magazine's free newsletter to get regular updates

Embed this content on your website