Welcome President Baker

This month we welcome our new President, Dr. Douglas Baker, to campus. Students, faculty and staff are eager to work with him 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. Dr. Denise Schoenbachler recently sat down with President Baker for a one-on-one.

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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 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 College of Business alumnus, graduating with a Bachelor of Science 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.

Distinguished Donor Profile . . . Audrey Southard

Audrey Southard ('85 MGMT) remembers being inspired, mentored, and encouraged by the faculty while a student at NIU. She says the leadership opportunities she was provided laid the foundation for, and set her on the path towards, a successful career.

Now a Senior Vice President at Follett, Audrey wants to ensure today's students have access to the same quality of faculty she experienced. That's why Audrey is a member of the President's Circle and putting her donations towards retaining and recruiting faculty by establishing a Faculty Excellence Fund in Management. "I recognize that NIU is where I got started - it's my payback. Faculty took the time with me and they inspired me," shares Audrey.

Her donations invest in faculty research and innovation, which is a top priority in the College of Business. They are also just one way Audrey pays back; she speaks in classes and to student organizations, serves on the College of Business Board of Executive Advisors, serves on the Management Department Advisory Council, and hires NIU interns and graduates. Audrey hopes to inspire others to do the same. Read entire profile...


Vol. 2, Issue 7                    July  2013

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