President Baker Story

This August we welcome our new President, Dr. Douglas Baker, to campus. All of us are eager to work with him and to gain his support and leadership within the College of Business. Approved by the Board of Trustees as a Full Professor in the Department of Management, we are equally excited to have Dr. Baker in Barsema Hall classrooms from time to time.

Recently the Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Denise Schoenbachler, sat down for a one-on-one with Dr. Baker for an open discussion. She found Dr. Baker to be thoughtful, genuine, and accurate in his focus on alumni.

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New Faces to Barsema Hall

The college continues to focus on recruiting top faculty and staff. We are proud to introduce to you the following individuals who joined the College of Business in 2012-2013:

Amanda Ferguson
Assistant Professor, Management
Amanda Ferguson is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Management. She is an expert in team effectiveness, and she received her PhD in Organizational Behavior from London Business School. Both of her parents are graduates of NIU.


Mark Groza
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Mark Groza is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Marketing. He teaches in the Professional Sales Program and his research explores issues in sales force management and corporate sponsorship. Mark received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Jill Hayes
Director, Passport
Jill Hayes is the Director for the new Business Passport Program. She will focus on executing student engagement initiatives within the College. Jill is a recent alumnus of the College of Business, graduating with a Bachelors in Accountancy. Prior to returning to NIU, Jill worked as an accountant for an engineering and consulting firm.


Mark Hogan
Director, CPA Review
Mark Hogan is the new Director of the NIU CPA Review in the Department of Accountancy. Mark, a CPA, attended the University of Illinois-Champaign (BS in Accountancy) and Northwestern University (MBA). His corporate and teaching experience has focused on financial accounting, audit, managerial accounting, and finance.


Yipeng Liu
Assistant Professor, OM&IS
Yipeng Liu received his PhD in Information Systems from the University of Florida in 2009. His research interests focus on economic modeling of information systems, quantum computing algorithms in global optimization and online two-sided market platforms analysis. Prior to joining NIU, Dr. Liu served on the faculty at the University of Scranton, where he earned the Provost's Faculty Enhancement Award for the excellence in scholarly publication.

New CPA Leader

Last year, after 27 years of service, Debra Hopkins retired as Director of the highly acclaimed NIU College of Business CPA Review. This year we welcomed Mark Hogan to the college, serving as the new CPA Review Director. An Illinois CPA, Mark attended the University of Illinois-Champaign where he received his Bachelors of Science in Accountancy. He also attended Northwestern University where he received his MBA in Finance and Accounting.
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About the NIU CPA Review
The NIU CPA Review is a leading provider of high-quality "Live" classroom CPA Review courses at four locations in the Chicago area, as well as “On-the-Go” courses for those who aren't able to attend the classroom sessions. The Review's 18 experienced professors make it their business to keep up-to-date on new rules and standards. They teach what you need to know to pass, using time-tested techniques that help you understand the material rather than just memorize facts. The NIU CPA Review also offers a complimentary, personalized exam plan that fits a candidate's individual circumstances. From plan to pass, the NIU CPA Review is there to help you become a CPA! Learn more about the NIU CPA Review


Vol. 2, Issue 7                    July  2013

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