You are at a time in your life in which you are going to make a very important investment in your future. This includes not only a monetary commitment, but also a commitment of your time. In business, we value the partnerships we make. One of the common goals of business is to use assets to create something larger and more valuable.
At East Central University's Stonecipher School of Business, we view your enrollment as a partnership between our faculty and your success. Through our partnership, we strive to deliver the highest return on your investment of time and money. Students at the School of Business have the opportunities to choose from studies in Accounting and Business Administration with many options for certification. The School of Business also offers two master's degrees.
The Stonecipher School of Business is proud to be accredited by ACBSP in the following areas:
Faculty and Staff
Mr. Godwin completed the Executive MBA program at Southern Methodist University in 2005 after earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Central University in 1984. After a 26 year professional career that allowed him to live across the U.S. and travel the world, including China, Japan, France, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland, Mexico, and Canada, Mr. Godwin returned to lead the School of Business in May 2010. As Dean, he is extremely active in the local community, alumni relations, student recruitment, and university affairs. As a professor, Mr. Godwin provides a unique classroom experience by blending both academic and real-world experience into the curriculum, often inviting business executives into the classroom to help students understand the job demands of major employers. The recent Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) audit identified Dean Godwin as one of the Strategic Advantages of the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, and he was elected as ACBSP’s Region 6 President for 2015-2016. He also earned a national academic leadership award – “Most Supportive Dean” by ENACTUS in 2013 and was recognized by the ECU Greek System for “Outstanding Faculty Support” in 2014.
Assistant Professor and Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship Director
Dr. Stacey Bolin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from ECU. After working as a web programmer for several years, she earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2004. In 2015, she earned a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Technology Entrepreneurship from Walden University. While attending OU, Dr. Bolin worked in her family’s growing business. Dr. Bolin and her husband, Brandon, successfully added two ATV and UTV lines to better serve the needs of an ever-changing agricultural customer base. In 2008, she became the sales manager for a six-store, $40 million John Deere dealership servicing eastern Oklahoma and actively led and trained a growing sales force, managed seasonal inventory levels, and developed and implemented the corporate marketing strategy. Dr. Bolin and her husband also started, ran, and then sold another business venture. Dr. Bolin returned to academics in the fall of 2011 ready to share her education and experiences with the students at ECU. She was named the George Nigh award winner and was named to the USA Today All-American Academic Team during her senior year at ECU. As the Director of the Wilburn L. Smith Center for Entrepreneurship in the Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business, Dr. Bolin started the Tiger Tank Pitch Competition for high school and college students and coaches ECU teams for the Oklahoma Governor’s Cup competition, helping three teams reach the finals, one of which finished second in the state in the Spring of 2014. In the Spring of 2015, Dr. Bolin returned to the Governor's Cup and her teams proudly brought back first, second, and third place. Dr. Bolin chairs the executive committee for Oklahoma Business Week and directs the one-week high school camp each summer. In addition to participating in the activities of the Associa tion of Collegiate Marketing Educators, she also serves as the webmaster for the organization. As an active grant writer, Dr. Bolin helped secure funding to host ECU’s Explorations in Computer Science and Robotics Summer Academy that she also co-directed, from 2012-2014 and will be receiving additional funds for the program in 2016. Dr. Bolin serves on the Pontotoc County Career Discovery Day committee.
|Richard E.T. Strickler, Sr.
Mr. Strickler earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Bonaventure University. He earned a MBA and a Master’s of Information Systems degrees from Baylor University as well as a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management from Tarleton State University. Mr. Strickler has been a member of the faculty for numerous higher education institutions including: Baylor University, Washington University in St. Louis, Texas A&M University-Central Texas, University of Texas-Arlington, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Lindenwood University, and McLennan Community College. While teaching at McLennan Community College, Mr. Strickler spearheaded a project to create an Entrepreneurship Certificate degree which was launched in January of 2007. In addition, he resurrected the SIFE organization to provide a student organization for the business students that was an international organization. Mr. Strickler has created several businesses including Camelot Limousines and Strickler Realty, LLC. Before entering the field of higher education, Mr. Strickler was in management for several S&P 500 corporations including: Beneficial CDC, Agway Energy, and Kay-B-Toys. He joined ECU in 2017 and teaches marketing and management courses.
Stone earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith in 2009. He earned a Master of Accountancy from the University of Central Arkansas in 2010 and a Master of Taxation from William Howard Taft University in 2012. He is currently in the final stages in completion of his dissertation leading toward a PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in Advanced Accounting at Northcentral University. In addition, he is a certified public accountant (CPA), charted financial consultant (ChFC), charted life underwriter (CLU), and certified treasury professional (CTP). He has professional work experience as a staff accountant, investment and insurance advising, and various banking positions.
Michael D. Scott, PhD earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and International Business and a Master of Research/Applied Economics from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. He earned a Master of Arts in Economics in 2009 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2012 from Clemson University. His primary fields of interest are in the areas of International Finance, International Trade, and Economic Growth. His research centers around the causes and effects of banking crises. He is a member of the American Economic Association and has been teaching various levels of economic and statistics courses since 2002 in the Oklahoma City metro area and Clemson, South Carolina.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ms. Byers earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Business Administration degree from Cameron University. Ms. Byers has been employed at Connors State College, and for the last four years has been an instructor in business. She was the advisor for Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the business club at Connors for five years. She also taught at Southern Nazarene University and Bacone College as an adjunct professor in business. In addition to her collegiate experience, she has ten years of professional experience in marketing and public relations at the University of Oklahoma . Prior to her work at OU, she worked in sales and marketing for Apple Computer, Inc. for eight years where she earned the Sales Impact award. She has managed several product marketing projects, trade shows and events, and training projects as well as developed marketing materials.
Julie Lee earned a bachelor of science in accounting and a master of science in accounting, both from East Central University in 1999 and 2013 respectively. Lee is a Certified Public Accountant with 15 years of experience including internal, external, and compliance audit, banking, and governmental accounting and consulting services. From 2009 to 2011, she was the internal audit manager at the Chickasaw Nation. She served as controller/office manager at Danielson Fuel Services, LLC from 2008 to 2009, senior auditor/accountant at Crawford and Associates, PC from 2001 to 2004 and from 2005 to 2008, and internal auditor at Vision Bank from 2004 to 2005. In addition, she was staff accountant at Buxton and Company, PC from 2000 to 2001 and at PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLC in 2000. Lee served as assistant controller at ECU from September 2011 to July 2014 and has been teaching accounting at ECU as a part time instructor since 2011.
Accounting Instructor and Chair of Accounting
Mr. Joe Dougherty earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Mr. Dougherty retired from a career that began in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and culminated with Investment Management in Dallas, Texas. Most recently, he was president of Pyxis Capital LP in Dallas, Texas and a partner at Highland Capital Management, LP, where he spent most of his career starting as a portfolio analyst, also in Dallas. Prior to this, he was an investment analyst at Sandera Capital Management in Dallas, a business development manager at Akzo Nobel in Dallas, and worked in middle-market services for Deloitte & Touche in Dallas. Mr. Dougherty brings a wealth of experience in accounting and finance to this position that will complement the Accounting Department&rs quo;s academic expertise.
|Audrey Jill Ballard
Secretary of the Dean
Professor/ Vision Bank Endowed Professor in Banking and Finance
Dr. Rauch received his B.A. from St. Cloud State University in economics, graduating with honors. He received his M.A. in monetary economics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University, writing his dissertation on bank consolidation. While at Colorado State University he played on the school hockey team. He worked as a Credit Analyst for Green Tree Financial Corporation in St. Paul. Dr. Rauch’s research interests are in small business bank lending and casino financial management, and he is published in each topic. He is co-advisor for the Students in Free Enterprise club on campus, and actively consults for Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce in Ada on topics such as predictive analytics, regression analysis, financial analysis, and economic analysis. In 2002, he was a visiting fellow at the University of Economics in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam. While there, he wrote a paper on developing small business bank lending in Vietnam.
Dr. Elliott earned her B.S. degree from the University of Oklahoma and her O.D. degree from Northeastern State University. Prior to teaching, Dr. Elliott owned and operated a small business for eighteen years. She is a member of the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, is active within her community and is a 4-H volunteer leader.
Dr. Zhang received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University. He is currently interested in mathematical programming applications and stochastic modeling of capacity allocation issues, and is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute. He has authored/coauthored twenty-seven refereed articles, which have appeared in Journal of the Operational Research Society, European Journal of Operational Research, International Journal of Business, Marketing, and Decision Sciences, Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, Applications of Management Science (Editors: K. D. Lawrence & R. K. Klimberg) and other research publication outlets. He joined the ECU faculty in 2000 and teaches statistics, operations management, and global business.
Deanna Hartley-Kelso is an Assistant Professor with East Central University’s Stonecipher School of Business and practices law as a solo practitioner with Hartley Kelso, P.C. In her practice, she provides legal services and consulting for business, transactional, gaming and governmental matters for tribal governments and their business subsidiaries, large and small, primarily in Oklahoma. Ms. Hartley-Kelso was previously a Senior Partner at the Indian and Environmental Law Group, PLLC, with offices in Tulsa and Ada, Oklahoma. Her practice focused primarily on Indian law matters, including tribally driven litigation and consulting on governmental, business and gaming matters for tribal entities and also participated in Environmental Tort litigation matters. She has taught Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country and Principals of Federal Indian Law in the Masters of Jurisprudence program at Tulsa University College of Law and served as an adjunct professor with East Central University in the Legal Studies Department and the Stonecipher School of Business. Ms. Hartley-Kelso served as the Attorney General for the Chickasaw Nation, as well as an executive officer and administrator of the Nation’s Division of Justice, from 2004-2014. She also served the Chickasaw Nation as its General Counsel from 2001-2004, and its first Legislative Counsel from 1997-2001. Ms. Hartley-Kelso was the 2016 Chairperson and previous chair, vice-chair, treasurer and board member of the Chickasaw Foundation Board of Trustees. She served as a citizen appointee to the Arkansas Riverbed Authority from 2001-2014, as well as numerous other internal boards and committees within the Chickasaw Nation. Ms. Hartley-Kelso was appointed to represent the Eastern Oklahoma region on the advisory board to the Indian Law and Order Commission, and provided testimony related to law enforcement issues in Indian Country. She was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry to the Oklahoma Juvenile Affairs Board from 2009-2013, serving as its 2012 chair. She also represented the Chickasaw Nation at the 2004 United Nations Human Rights Working Group on the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Geneva, Switzerland, and provided subsequent testimony in 2012 to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights at hearings held on the campus of the University of Tulsa.
Mr. Powers earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from MidAmerica Nazarene University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Benedictine College. He has directed leadership development and human resource management programs for over 20 years and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and a SHRM Senior Certified Professional. As Vice President of Human Resources at Lakeview Village, Mr. Powers led the implementation of multiple strategic initiatives including leadership development and employee engagement, and he also served as the organization’s corporate compliance officer. Prior to Lakeview Village, Mr. Powers was Director of Training and Development at John Knox Village where he developed a corporate university with an emphasis on leadership and customer service. He also led strategic planning and organization development initiatives for several operational groups resulting in improved service delivery and increased revenues. Mr. Powers started his professional career as Director of Human Resources at the Crittenton Center in Kansas City where he developed and implemented a new human resources department for a growing children’s health care organization. In 2008, Mr. Powers transitioned from corporate management to a focus on teaching and consulting. As a visiting professor of management at Fort Hays State University, he spent a full year living abroad teaching undergraduate courses in China. He also traveled extensively in Vietnam and China teaching graduate management courses as a lecturer with Benedictine University. In addition, he has served on the adjunct faculty of Fort Hays State University and MidAmerica Nazarene University. As a consultant, Mr. Powers has provided management consulting and speaking services to numerous organizations.
Dr. Charlie C. Jones holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management degree, a Master of Business Administration degree, and a Juris Doctor degree all from the University of Oklahoma. Before entering academia, Dr. Jones had more than nine year’s experience managing a small business. He also has served on the board of directors of a small business for the past thirteen years. Dr. Jones’ specialty areas of research are the ADA, employment law, and human resources management. Numerous companies have hired him as a consultant in these areas. Dr. Jones is the Chair of the Department of Business Administration and has been teaching at ECU since 1986. In addition to his responsibilities at ECU, he is actively involved in the community. Dr. Jones has volunteered his services for several local community organizations. Over the years, he has been recognized for both his service to the university and the community. Dr. Jones has received the S.C. Boswell Award as outstanding Stonecipher School of Business faculty member twice, the ECU Teaching Excellence Award twice, and the Oscar Parker Ethics Center Professorship twice. He also has received the Oklahoma Outstanding Disabled Professional of the Year Award, the Oklahoma Outstanding Rehabilitated Citizen of the Year Award, and the Oklahoma Association on Higher Education and Disability’s A.C.C.E.S.S. Award. Dr. Jones presently serves on the Governor’s Advisory Committee to the Office of Disability Concerns and he serves on the State Consumer Advisory Council to Oklahoma ABLE Tech.
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Dean of Harland C. Stonecipher School of Business
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Department Chair for Department of Business Administration
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Department Chair for Department of Accounting
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Director for Master in Management
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