Dr. Varney is best known for his pioneering work in designing and implementing one of the first master’s degree programs in organization development in the U.S. He was a member of the group of academics who founded the OD&C Division of the Academy of management in 1971. He has published books and numerous articles on the subject of change. Dr. Varney’s academic career followed an 18-year career in industry. Most recently he and coauthors James McFillen and Scott Janoch authored a book on change leadership entitled “Grasp the Situation: Lessons Learned in Change Leadership”. This ground breaking book is based on an article published in the Journal of Change Management entitled “Organizational Diagnostics: An Evidence Based Approach” by McFillen, O’Neil, Varney and Balzer.