Master's in Business Administration Faculty

Dean of the McColl School of Business

Rick Mathieu

Dr. Rick Mathieu

In July 2015, Dr. Rick Mathieu assumed the position of Dean of the McColl School of Business. Prior to his arrival at Queens, Rick served at James Madison University (JMU) in Harrisonburg, Virginia as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Business. He has also served JMU as the Department Chair of the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics.

Prior to his work at James Madison University, Dr. Mathieu has been Department Chair and faculty member in the Department of Decision Sciences and Management Information Systems at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, and has served as a faculty member at University of North Carolina at Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business.

Dr. Mathieu has extensive experience in departmental, unit, and university strategic planning. He has been extensively involved in college and program accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  Rick has also been instrumental in curriculum development and forging community and university collaborative relationships.

Rick’s research is in the areas of information systems and operations management with a particular interest in business analytics, enterprise management, and supply chain management. He is on the editorial board for the International Journal of Services Sciences, the International Journal of Business Process Integration and Management, and the International Journal of Services and Operations Management.

Dr. Mathieu has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Delaware. He has published a book, three book chapters, over thirty-five journal articles and numerous conference proceedings. 

Distinguished Faculty

John Bennett

Dr. John Bennett

John L. Bennett is an Associate Professor of Business & Behavioral Science and Director of Graduate Programs with the McColl School of Business. He holds the Wayland H. Cato, Jr. Chair of Leadership and is actively involved in the Academy of Management, American Psychological Association (APA), ICF, Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS), and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). John has more than 30 years of progressively challenging and successful experience creating, leading and being a part of change in various industries. He was the CEO of American Red Cross biomedical services divisions, where he led pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution operations and the development and delivery of essential human services. He has also led mergers and turnarounds, new product development, and marketing and technology system designs and integrations. He served as CEO of The Foundation of Coaching, a project of the Harnisch Foundation, and as Senior Vice President and Talent Solutions Director for Lee Hecht Harrison.

As an executive coach and consultant, John has helped individuals, teams, and organizations in a variety of industries excel through change for nearly 20 years. His executive coaching clients include for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in government, biomedical, construction, education, defense, financial services, higher education, human services, insurance, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and professional services.

He is the author of numerous articles about building organizational resilience to change, coaching, communication, innovative team-based management and leadership, as well as three books: Leading the Edge of Change, The Essential Network, and Coaching for Change.

Dr. Bennett earned a BS degree from Mars Hill College, an MPA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and an MA and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also earned the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential through the Center for Credentialing & Education.

Harry P. Bowen

Dr. Harry P. Bowen

Dr. Bowen is Professor and W.R. Holland Chair of International Business and Finance at the McColl School of Business. Prior to joining McColl, he was Professor of Economics and International Business at the Vlerick-Leuven-Gent Management School, Belgium; a visiting Associate Professor at the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine, where he also served on the faculty of the Department of Economics; and Associate Professor of Economics and International Business at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He has also served as a consultant to various government agencies, corporations and private nonprofit institutions, including the 3M Corporation, American Chamber of Commerce (Belgium), Chrysler Corporation and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Dr. Bowen is internationally recognized for his research on the determinants of international trade patterns and international competitiveness. His research also explores corporate strategy, entrepreneurship, international trade policy, international migration and applied statistical methods. He is a co-author of Applied International Trade (2012, Palgrave-Macmillan: London). A former Olin Fellow in Empirical Economics and U.S. Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Bowen has lectured at numerous foreign universities.

Dr. Bowen received his BA summa cum laude in Economics from the University of California at San Diego and his doctorate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Steven Cox

Dr. Steven Cox

Dr. Steven Cox is a Professor of Marketing at the McColl School of Business. He began his career as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Virginia Tech. After two years, he made the leap to industry, where he spent the next 25 years. He has held management positions in marketing and sales with AT&T, General Electric, EOSAT and Orbital Sciences. During the course of his career, he led teams responsible for domestic, U.S. government and international sales. While working with Orbital Sciences and EOSAT, a joint venture between GE and Hughes Aircraft, he developed and managed a worldwide sales and distribution network with offices in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and Latin America. More recently, he became chief executive officer of a geographic information-systems company that serves the mapping needs of several corporate and government clients.

Returning to university teaching in 2003, Dr. Cox was awarded the Outstanding Business Professor Award in the spring of 2006 at Meredith College. In the fall of 2006, he joined the faculty at Queens, where he became the chairman of the undergraduate program in 2008. In addition to his teaching duties, he has completed research studies for numerous Charlotte business and nonprofit organizations, including TRREX, Dunbrooks, Goodwill Industries, BYB, BB&T, Avantgarde Translations and the U.S. National Whitewater Center. He has also published his findings in scholarly journals and at academic meetings.

He earned a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a doctorate degree from the University of Nebraska.

Jennifer Grennan

Jen Grennan is an Instructor of Accounting in the McColl School of Business and has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1995. Prior to joining Queens as a full-time faculty member, she spent 25 years working in the finance departments at Wells Fargo and Ally, two of the country's largest financial institutions. Throughout her career she’s held the titles of Assistant Controller, Divisional Controller, Executive Director of Regulatory Reporting, and Executive Director of Financial Planning and Analysis.

Within her roles she helped uphold Treasury, Risk, Business Line, and Tax departments by accounting for complex transactions including allowance for loan losses and supporting the establishment of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Jen has an extensive background in bank regulatory capital, and worked with senior leaders and bank regulators during the 2008 financial crisis. She joined the newly formed Bank Holding Company in early 2009 and pioneered their first Regulatory Reporting department.

Grennan holds a BA from Queens University of Charlotte in Accounting and Business Administration.

Jung Hwan Kim

Jung Hwan Kim is an Instructor of Management Information Systems in the McColl School of Business. Prior to joining the McColl School, he taught Information Systems at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as a faculty member. He also worked as a marketing and human resources consultant, as well as an entrepreneur in areas such as urban design and military organizations in South Korea.

Jung’s research interests focus on digital innovations, knowledge management, and SMART technologies. His research appears in the Decision Support Systems, DATA BASE for Advances in Information Systems, Journal of Consumer Marketing, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Journal of Global Information Management, International Journal of Information Management, and Sport Management Review. Jung has presented his research at premium IS conferences including ICIS, HICSS, and AMCIS.

He earned his BA in Sociology and MBA from the Sogang University in South Korea.

Gary Powell

Dr. Gary Powell

Dr. Gary E. Powell is a Professor of Finance in the McColl School of Business. Prior to joining Queen’s, he developed several areas of expertise including structured financings, financial modeling, regulation of utilities, corporate governance, project finance, infrastructure analysis, and privatization. He worked with the Ministry of Social Insurance, Ministry of Finance, and Ministry of Economy on the USAID-TAPR project in Egypt to reform Egypt’s social insurance program. He trained regulators for Albania’s privatized electric and water utilities on the economics of regulation. He also worked with senior city government (DKI) officials in Jakarta, Indonesia on developing and implementing financial reforms.

As a Senior Associate for the Center for Financial Engineering in Development and the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships, Dr. Powell has extensive experience in training and consulting activities for financial analysts, accountants and government officials in many developing countries in Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Dr. Powell’s research includes dividend policy, stock repurchases, corporate cash holdings, stock splits, exchange listing, international finance, and corporate social responsibility. He has coauthored a textbook, “Understanding Financial Management,” and has published 25 articles in academic and professional journals including Financial Management, The Financial Review, The Journal of Economics and Finance, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Applied Finance, and Review of Financial Economics.

Dr. Powell earned his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron, and MA in Economics, and DBA in Finance from Kent State University. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

John Repede

Dr. John Repede

Dr. John Repede is a Professor of Management Science and Computer Information Systems at the McColl School. Prior to his appointment at Queens, he held academic positions at Eastern Kentucky University and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he introduced major changes in teaching methods and created educational software.

Dr. Repede has contributed research and has made presentations at numerous national conferences. He has authored, co-authored and been a contributing author to 16 textbooks in information systems and operations management. He has published in the leading journals in the operations management field, and has served as a consultant and expert witness in civil and criminal computer-related cases, including expert testimony for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In addition to his teaching and research, he is an industry consultant and commercial software developer. Dr. Repede has extensive work experience in the private and public sectors, holding positions in municipal emergency services, retailing, health care, information technology and nonprofit foundations.

He received an Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology from Harper College. He also earned a BA in Management from the University of Illinois-Springfield, an MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois-Urbana and a Doctorate of Business Administration degree in Management Science from the University of Kentucky.

Beth Zuech Schneider

Beth Zuech Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Strategy in the McColl School of Business, advising and teaching students in the undergraduate and MBA programs. Prior to joining Queen’s University of Charlotte, Beth was a professor and course administrator for James Madison University, George Mason University, and WSSU.

Professor Schneider is also an experienced small business owner, having owned and managed businesses in the retail, restaurant, catalog, and consulting sectors. She also served as a Production Manager at a manufacturing facility in Florida.

Her publications and research interests are focused on strategic implementation and leadership and international business strategy. Beth's work focuses on assessing and integrating dynamic capabilities for implementing sustainable change. She delivers workshops and presentations on skills and tactics for strategic implementation on organizational and personal success. She is also a co-author of the national and international book, Interpersonal Skills in Organizations, entering its sixth edition with McGraw Hill.

Professor Schneider earned her BA degree in Social Science/Pre-Law from St. Bonaventure University in Olean, New York, her MBA from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL, and a DBA with a concentration in International Strategy from the Durham University Business School in Durham, England.

William Sparks

Dr. William Sparks

Dr. William Sparks is the Professor of Leadership and the Director of the Office of Leadership Initiatives at the McColl School of Business. In 2008, he founded McColl’s MS in Organization Development and served as the program’s director until 2013. He is the current Dennis Thompson Chair. He’s also a visiting professor of International Management with Franklin University in Lugano, Switzerland, and currently serves as a Director for The Project Appraisal Methodology (PAM) Institute in Washington, DC. Will has also served as Global Vice President of Talent with EnPro Industries, where he was responsible for the leadership development, learning, and talent management initiatives across the company.

Will  serves as the Managing Director for William L. Sparks & Associates, LLC, a professional services firm that focuses on leader and team development, personal transformation and change management. He is also a Partner with Peter Browning Partners, LLC, a consulting firm providing board governance and executive coaching services to a variety of boards and senior executives. He has consulted with a variety of organizations in the public and private sectors, including the U.S. Navy, the Charlotte Hornets, Bank of America, Duke Energy, Qorvo, Novant Healthcare, the American Red Cross, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Sparks has published numerous research papers and book chapters and has contributed articles to The Charlotte Observer and the Charlotte Business Journal. He has also appeared on several Charlotte-area media outlets, including the CBS affiliate WBTV Channel 3, News Carolina Channel 14, and “Charlotte Talks” on the NPR affiliate WFAE 90.7. He is the co-author of the book, The Director’s Manual: A Framework for Board Governance and the author of, Actualized Leadership: Meeting Your Shadow & Maximizing Your Potential.

Dr. Sparks holds a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Winthrop University and an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management from Appalachian State University. He completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Development from the George Washington University, where his research focused on group dynamics, organizational culture, and leadership.

Dr. Greg Berka

Dr. Greg Berka teaches undergraduate-level courses in business communications, principles of management and creativity, as well as graduate-level courses in organizational behavior and development. His research interests focus on understanding how individuals experience feelings of inclusion and exclusion in their work group and organization, and how organizations can help foster creativity and intellectual curiosity for all employees.

His professional experience includes nine years at Wells Fargo, Wachovia and First Union in an array of finance roles before earning his Ph.D. so that he could pursue his passion for teaching. He also worked for two years in public accounting, as a CPA, for McGladrey & Pullen, LLP, and worked in real estate sales, investment and property management.

While earning his Ph.D., Dr. Berka taught eight undergraduate classes in management, organizational behavior, business communication and a freshman seminar, and created a new elective class titled Individual, Social and Organizational Creativity. In spring 2013, he earned the Student-Teacher of the Year Award which is granted to one student across all master’s and Ph.D. programs.

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