At Utica College, we are committed to your success. You will be guided through the program by expert online MBA faculty every step of the way. Each member of our MBA staff and faculty have current experience in today's constantly evolving business world. Their relevant, practical expertise and deep knowledge of their fields will guide you every step of your way through your online MBA experience irregardless of your selected learning format.
MBA Program Director
Stephanie R. Nesbitt
Director of the MBA and RMI Programs
Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance
Program: Online MBA
Stephanie R. Nesbitt, Assistant Professor of Risk Management and Insurance and Director of the MBA and RMI Programs, received her J.D. from the University at Buffalo School of Law, M.B.A. from Syracuse University and B.A. in Speech Communication from Ithaca College. Prior to joining the Utica College faculty in August 2012, Stephanie spent 18 years working in industry as a risk manager and practicing attorney. Stephanie has been a featured speaker at several national, state-wide and regional industry conferences on topics such as insurance cost allocation methods, the impact of risk management on healthcare quality, individual and team accountability to improve healthcare quality, and HIPAA and patient privacy. Stephanie is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the American Society of Hospital Risk Managers, and is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.
James L. Norrie, DPM, Ph.D.
Dean of School of Business and Justice Studies
Dr. Norrie holds a doctorate from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a master's in adult education and administration from Brock University, and a graduate degree in law with a specialization in technology and the global application of on-line intellectual property rights. Dr. Norrie has nearly 15 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in information technology, management and law.
Dr. Norrie has held senior executive positions in both Canada and the U.S., and was a successful entrepreneur involved in launching, managing and selling technology-based companies that serve markets across North America.
Prior to Utica College, Dr. Norrie was the associate dean, administration at the Ted Rogers School of Management, the largest management school in Canada.
Dr. Norrie has authored or co-authored five books, as well as a number of professional journals and papers and has delivered hundreds of industry presentations. He has presented on topics such as leadership, management, business and government and serves on several boards as a director or advisor.
Atasi Basu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Professor Basu is an Associate Professor of Accounting. Professor Basu joined the Utica College faculty in 2005. She earned a Ph.D. in accounting from Syracuse University, as well as both a master's and a Ph.D. in statistics from Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India. The author of numerous articles in statistics and business journals, Professor Basu has previously taught at SU, LeMoyne College, Purdue University, and the Indian Institute of Technology.
Elizabeth W. Burback, M.S.
Associate Professor of Public Relations
Associate Professor of Public Relations and Digital Marketing, received her Master of Science in Communication and Media Technologies from Rochester Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from LeMoyne College. Elizabeth has worked in a number of full service communication agencies in both creative and account management roles. Her interests include social media and how it is changing the way we communicate. She is a Clinton native and is happy to be back in her hometown area.
Arthur B. Caster, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Dr. Bruce Caster is an Associate Professor of Accounting. He earned his PhD in Business Administration (Accounting) and Master of Accountancy degrees at The University of Georgia, and he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Swarthmore College. Professor Caster is the author of more than a dozen journal articles published in academic and professional journals, and he has made numerous presentations at national and international accounting meetings. He holds a CPA license (Georgia), and he is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the American Accounting Association, and the Georgia Society of CPAs. Prior to joining the Utica College faculty in 2011, Professor Caster taught accounting for 26 years at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
Diep (N.D.) Ngoc Duong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Diep (N.D.) Duong, Assistant Professor of Finance, earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics with specializations in Financial Economics and Econometrics from Rutgers University, and his M.S. degree in Financial Engineering from Polytechnic University. He also spent 2 semesters at Princeton University as a graduate exchange student. His primary areas of research are asset pricing, financial econometrics, market microstructure, and fixed income.
Prof. Duong has recently been awarded the Financial Management Association 2014 Best Paper Award. His papers have been presented at various conferences, universities and central banks and been published and forthcoming in Advances in Econometrics and Handbook in Financial Econometrics and Statistics, as well as the Journal of Econometrics. Duong won the University/Bevier dissertation fellowship award, the Peter Asch Memorial outstanding research award and the Sidney Brown outstanding performance prize during his time at Rutgers. He taught numerous classes including economic principles, econometrics, finance for undergraduate and math camp for graduate students at Rutgers, and has led undergraduate and graduate lectures in economics at Foreign Trade University in Vietnam.
At Utica College, he teaches classes in finance and business economics for undergraduate and MBA students. He loves playing tennis and soccer, and is learning winter sports during his free time.
Richard (Rick) G. Fenner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
Professor Fenner is Chair of Economics and Finance at Utica College. He joined the Utica College faculty in 1989 after earning his M.B.A. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University. Professor Fenner's research interests are in the areas of education finance and teaching of economics, and his most recent work includes a study for the U.S. Department of Education on the impact of state aid on local school districts and an article titled "Addressing Prerequisite Mathematics Needs: A Case Study in Introductory Economics," which was published in the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. Professor Fenner is the director of Utica College's Mohawk Valley Center for Economic Education.
Candace Grant, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Academic, School of Business and Justice Studies
Associate Professor of Management
Professor Grant is the Associate Academic Dean and an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business and Justice Studies. She served for 7 years as a faculty member at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where she was extensively involved in new program and curriculum development. Dr. Grant's professional background is in project and IT management, including work in North America, the UK and Europe. She is currently defending her Ph.D. at de Montfort University in Leicester, England and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, and a PMP designation professionally.
Dr. Grant also has school-wide responsibility for academic matters including program quality, accreditations, assessment & evaluation, new program development and launch, and related matters.
Glen A. Hansen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Accounting
Glen Hansen, Associate Professor of Accounting, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration and MS in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester. He also received an MBA and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. Glen has previously taught finance, accounting, and statistics at Brigham Young University, the University of Rochester, Penn State University, Baruch College and Hunter College. He has worked in the financial industry designing accounting-based investment strategies for Ziff Brothers Investments and Battenkill Asset Management and continues to provide investment consulting with Morgan Stanley. He has published finance and accounting articles in several international journals and a book chapter in the "Handbook of security analyst forecasting and asset allocation".
Zhaodan Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Finance
Professor Huang joined the Utica College faculty in 2004 after earning his Ph.D. in Economics from West Virginia University. He finished his undergraduate education from Renmin University of China in 1997, and received his MA in economics from the University of Saskatchewan in 2000. His research interests are in the areas of investments, asset pricing, emerging financial markets, and financial intermediation. He received the AAII Best Paper Award from the Southwestern Finance Association in 2004, and presented numerous papers at the Financial Management Association (FMA) annual meetings since 2003. He has been published in the Journal of Financial Research, Quarterly Review of Economics & Finance, Journal of Economics & Business, and Global Economy Journal. He also served as referee for numerous academic journals, including Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Banking and Finance. His teaching interests include Corporate Finance, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Investments.
Director, Economic Crime Management
Suzanne Lynch has extensive experience in risk analysis, fraud control implementation and investigations in the financial services industry. Formerly vice president for security and risk management at MasterCard Worldwide, she has held fraud management positions at Goldman Sachs and Comerica Bank. At Comerica Bank, Professor Lynch had responsibilities for electronic banking fraud for both retail and corporate payments.
At Goldman Sachs, she implemented fraud control procedures for retail accounts associated with online brokerage accounts. At MasterCard, one of her many diverse responsibilities included conducting Fraud Operations reviews on banks to determine the levels of existing fraud controls, global fraud investigations and third party processing system risk controls.
As Professor of Practice in Economic Crimes at Utica College, she was named Director of the Economic Crime Management program in 2010. Professor Lynch teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate economic crime programs.
Professor Lynch holds a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University and a master's in Economic Crime Management from Utica College.
Herbert Rau, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Program: MBA - Fraud Managment, MBA - Professional Accounting
Professor Rau joined the Utica College faculty in 2006. Professor Rau's area of research and academic interest is business, organizational theory, marketing, systems thinking. He and his wife, Lynne, have two children and have moved here from Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Professor Rau holds a B.S. from SUNY Oneonta, an M.B.A. from Nasson College, and a Ph.D. from Union Institute in Cincinnati. He enjoys sea kayaking, cross-country skiing and gardening.
Shanna R. Van Slyke, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Shanna R. Van Slyke, Ph.D., is assistant professor of criminal justice in Utica College's School of Economic Crime and Justice Studies. She received her doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees in criminology from Florida State University, where she served as managing editor for the American Society of Criminology journal Criminology & Public Policy before joining the Utica College faculty in August 2010. Van Slyke teaches criminological research methods (SOC 376), criminology (SOC 274), and introduction to criminal justice (CRJ 103), and is developing a student–faculty collaborative research project aimed at tracking public opinion about crime and justice in New York State. Her research focuses on public perceptions and criminal sanctioning of white-collar offenders, as well as disparities throughout the criminal justice processing of nonviolent economic offenders and public support for disenfranchisement. Van Slyke's research has been published (or is forthcoming) in Punishment & Society; Journal of Criminal Justice; and Crime, Law, & Social Change.
Patricia (Pat) A. Swann, M.S.
Associate Professor of PR & Journalism
Professor Swann is Dean of the School of Business and Justice Studies. Patricia Swann has won national, state and local awards for writing, photography, publication design and public relations activities. Before joining the Utica College program in the fall of 2002, Professor Swann was a professor at SUNY Morrisville. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves as a faculty advisor for the Raymond Simon Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America at Utica College. She received her master's degree in public relations from Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and her bachelor's of arts degree in mass communication from Truman State University.
William (Bill) M. Virkler, M.B.A.
Associate Dean SS Engagement
Judge Virkler is a graduate of LeMoyne College, Syracuse, and holds a masters degree in business administration from Syracuse University. He began teaching at Utica College in 2001 and was named Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice in June, 2005. He was named Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in 2011 and Criminal Justice Department Chair effective Jan. 1, 2012. He is the elected Town Justice of the Town of New Hartford and has served in that capacity since January, 2000. Judge Virkler serves as Chairman of Oneida County Probation Alternatives to Incarceration Board.
In 2006, Hon. James Tormey, Administrative Judge, 5th Judicial District, appointed Judge Virkler to the District's Town & Village Courts Advisory Board. In Spring 2008, Judge James Murphy, District Supervising Judge, appointed Judge Virkler to the Peer Review Committee for the District, and in that capacity he served as Chairman of the District's first Judicial review. In 2009, Judge Virkler was appointed by Judge Tormey to serve as mentoring judge for newly elected Justices in Oneida County. Judge Virkler is President of Oneida County Magistrate's Association.
Effective January 2012, Prof. Virkler was named Chair of Criminal Justice and in July 2012, he was named Executive Director of Economic Crime and Justice Studies.
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