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.

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

Economics

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

Entrepreneurship

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

Marketing

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

UNCG MBA Office

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

 

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

 

no_imageMr. Chris Dunbar
President
Blue Ridge Companies

 

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

 

no_imageMr. Gary Fly
Founder
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
UNCG

 

Staff

UNCG MBA Office

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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