Wayne S. Sellman, Ph.D.

Title: Vice President for Strategic Planning (Retired)
Company: Human Resources Research Organization
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Wayne S. Sellman, Ph.D., Retired Vice President for Strategic Planning at the Human Resources Research Organization, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in human resources and industrial psychology.

Drawing upon more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Sellman is a preeminent figure in the fields of human resources and industrial psychology, having spent a significant portion of his career in the U.S. Air Force. Commencing his military career as a commissioned second lieutenant in 1962, he served as an operational psychologist for the 3320th Retraining Group at Amarillo Air Force Base between 1962 and 1965. Thereafter, he was the chief of the test review section of the Air Force Human Resources Laboratory at Lackland Air Force Base from 1968 to 1969, subsequently serving as a research psychologist at Lowry Air Force Base from 1969 to 1972. Advancing through the grades to major by 1974, he was an exchange officer for the Royal Australian Air Force in Melbourne, Australia, from 1972 to 1974 and chief of Air Force Personnel Testing, HQ U.S. Air Force, at the Pentagon from 1974 to 1978. He separated from the military in 1982 to become a Department of Defense civilian employee.

Alongside his military career, Dr. Sellman served in academia for much of his vocation. Commencing his career as a lecturer at St. Mary’s University and Our Lady of the Lake University in 1968, he subsequently lectured at the University of Colorado at Denver between 1970 and 1971. Thereafter, he was a lecturer at Texas Lutheran University from 1976 to 1977. Transitioning to governmental service, he was director for accession policy and a member of the Senior Executive Service with the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 2002. Most recently, he served as vice president for strategic planning at the Human Resources Research Organization in Alexandria, Virginia, from 2002 until his retirement in 2015.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Sellman pursued formal education at Texas A&M University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and history in 1962 and a Master of Education in counseling psychology in 1963. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in organizational and industrial psychology from Purdue University in 1968. He subsequently received a diploma in national and international security from Harvard University in 1986.

A former president in the society of military psychology at the American Psychological Association from 1989 to 1990, Dr. Sellman also is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, as well as the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Society for Military Psychology. Dr. Sellman also maintained affiliation with the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Educational Research Association, Masons, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi. In addition, he has contributed more than 150 technical reports and articles to professional journals and chapters to books, as well as over 60 reports to the U.S. Congress.

As a testament to his profound success in the industry, Dr. Sellman has received numerous accolades throughout his career. The recipient of the Certificate of Merit Award and Civilian Distinguished Service Award through the U.S. Department of Defense in 1995 and 2002, respectively, he also received the U.S. Selective Service System Achievement Award in 2002. However, the highlight of his career was receiving the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award from President Bill Clinton with the U.S. Department of Defense in 1999.

Married to Elaine Sellman, Dr. Sellman is the proud father of two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and golfing. Notably, he was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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