About Professor Ishmael

Larry W. Ishmael Head Shot


B.A. University of Oklahoma, 1974

M.B.A. Thunderbird School of Global Management, 1975

Ph.D. Stellenbosch University, South Africa (graduating in March 2015)


Professor Ishmael began teaching at Northwest University in 2009 and has been dividing his time between his Redmond home and his studies in South Africa. He comes to Northwest University with a wealth of real world experience in the private sector. He has been a corporate officer of several Fortune 500 companies as well as been the owner of his own international consulting company for 20 years. His profession has taken him to over 120 countries and he has lived on 4 continents. He has been a pioneer of privatizations throughout Latin America and Africa, and the architect of the world’s largest clean air project in Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Professor Ishmael began teaching at Northwest University in 2009 as an Adjunct Faculty member in the school of business management. That Fall he began his studies for his Ph.D. at Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa in the department of Economics specializing in Sustainable Development. His dissertation is entitled, “Economic and Policy Implications of Human Health Effects from Vehicle Emissions in Cape Town.” This is a trans-discipline degree overlapping environmental economics, environmental science, and public policy, which is the direction that doctoral studies are headed in the future. You can no longer use only one discipline to solve the complex issues of our day. Professor Ishmael started as a full time Associate Professor in the School of Business Management in the Fall of 2012.


Professor Ishmael has been married to his wife, Susan, for 40 years and they have three grown sons, two daughter’s-in-law, and three grandchildren. Originally from Oklahoma, he and his wife met their junior year of university and have been together ever since. They have lived in South America, Africa, and all over the USA, but settled on the Eastside in 1986. Professor Ishmael has been active in his community having served as the Chairman and Interim President of the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce; Chairman of the Issaquah School Board; a Rotarian; a Certified Professional Ski Instructor; a Race Course Official at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Park City, Utah; on a Board of Directors for Overlake Hospital (a 391 bed hospital located in Belleveue, WA), and is of Native American decent (Muscogee Nation). His passions outside of education are international travel, playing tennis, and motorcycling.  He is a member of Cedar Park Church. He also speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.


Professor Ishmael has presented papers in the area of environmental sustainability to the prestigious AIDIS Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina as well as the National Association for Clean Air in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the World Clean Air Conference held in 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa.All three papers revolve around developing sustainable environmental policy to achieve and sustain clean air in densely populated metropolitan areas.