Program Directory

A graduate-level MBA program is only as strong as its academic leaders. At the Bryan School, we’re pleased to list the following outstanding scholars, business professionals and independent thinkers as our experienced, highly decorated faculty.


Accounting and Finance

brownWilliam O. Brown, Jr.
PhD, Clemson University
Specialization: Corporate finance, investments and portfolio theory, industrial organization, banking


Jason Goddard
MBA, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Specialization: Real estate investment, international business, customer relationship management


J. William Harden
PhD, University of Kentucky
Specialization: Taxation, financial accounting and reporting, managerial accounting


no_imageMelissa Hershberger
MBA, Duke University
Specialization: Business and economic valuations, insurance rate formulation


no_imageDayong Huang
PhD, West Virginia University
Specialization: Investments, asset pricing, international finance


Dr. Irfan Safdar
PhD, Texas A&M University
Specialization: Financial analysis, valuation and quantitative methods


Daniel Winkler
PhD, University of South Carolina
Specialization: Capital markets, corporate finance, real estate finance


Stuart Allen
PhD, University of Virginia
Specialization: Economics


no_imageAmelia Hopkins
MA Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Specialization: Portfolio construction, risk management, wealth management


Joseph Erba
MBA, Babson College
Specialization: Corporate and small business entrepreneurship, business strategy


Esra Memili
PhD, Mississippi State University
Specialization: Entrepreneurship, family business


Dianne Welsh
PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Specialization: Entrepreneurship, family business, organizational development, labor relations

General Management

Moses Acquaah
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Specialization: Corporate strategy, management of innovation and technology


no_imageRiikka Sarala
PhD, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration
Specialization: International management, international mergers and acquisitions


Vas Taras
PhD, University of Calgary
Specialization: Cross-cultural team / workgroup management, diversity management, culture and acculturation studies, quantitative research


Ellen Van Velsor
PhD, University of Florida
Specialization: Sociology, leadership development, leadership, ethics and social responsibility

Information Systems

Lakshmi Iyer
PhD, University of Georgia
Specialization: Electronic commerce, decision support systems, knowledge management, data mining, cluster analysis


no_imageNikhil Mehta
PhD, Auburn University
Specialization: Data analytics, global IT sourcing, cyber security, knowledge management, database management, IS strategy, systems analysis and design, managing IT-enabled innovation


Hamid Nemati
PhD, University of Georgia
Specialization: Data mining, decision support systems, knowledge management


Prashant Palvia
MBA, PhD, University of Minnesota
Specialization: Global information technology, electronic commerce, decision support systems, strategic information systems, database design, software engineering


Al Farooq N. Salam
PhD, State University of New York–Buffalo
Specialization: E-business, knowledge management, XML


Merlyn A. Griffiths
PhD, University of California Irvine
Specialization: Consumer behavior, brand management


Nir Kshetri
PhD, University of Rhode Island
Specialization: Strategic marketing management, marketing Research, e-commerce

Operations & Supply Chain Management

Kwasi Amoako-Gyampah
PhD, University of Cincinnati
Specialization: Management of advanced technology and innovation, systems implementation, materials management, project management, management science, world-class manufacturing


Vidyaranya Gargeya
PhD, Georgia State University
Specialization: Global operations strategy, total quality management and continuous improvement, supply chain management, customer relationship management, performance measurement


no_imageAaron Ratcliffe
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Specialization: Business analytics, operations management


Larry Taube
PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Specialization: Material requirements planning, just-in-time implementations, group technology, material management

Advisory Board


no_imageMr. Dean Castaldo, Jr.
VP, Communications
Marine Corps Reserve Association


no_imageMr. John Davis
Senior Executive VP, Director of Financial Strategy


no_imageMr. Chris Dunbar
Blue Ridge Companies


Mr. Joseph Erba, Jr.
Assistant Dean for External Affairs


no_imageMr. Gary Fly
Gary Fly Consulting


no_imageMs. Sebrina Hernandez
VP, Retail Marketing
VF Jeanswear


no_imageMs. Portia Mount
Senior VP, Global Marketing and Chief of Staff
Center for Creative Leadership


no_imageMs. Ashley Hicks Raper
Director of Development
Junior Achievement of the Triad


no_imageMs. Valerie Roy
Commercialization Manager, Connected Vehicle Services
Volvo Group


no_imageMr. David Thompson
President, Direct to Consumer Division
HanesBrands Inc.


no_imageMr. Samuel Turner, Jr.
Founder and CEO
Equinox Leadership Development + Consulting, LLC


no_imageMs. Jacqueline McCracken Wall
President and CEO
Junior Achievement of the Triad


no_imageMr. Thomas Wayne
President and Board Director
Bank of Oak Ridge


Dr. Daniel Winkler
Department Head and Professor, Accounting & Finance Department




tuisha_fernandesMs. Tuisha Fernandes
Administrative Director, Graduate Programs


sam_bardarikMs. Samantha Bardarik
Program Manager


no_imageMs. Emily Christiansen
Student Services Manager


no_imageMr. Joshua Peterson
Graduate Assistant


no_imageMs. Mi’Asia Bartley
Student Assistant


no_imageMr. Willie Felder
Student Assistant


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