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A Message From the Dean

It is an exciting time in the College of Business.

On May 3rd we inaugurated the Austin Peay College of Business Center for Entrepreneurship. This new Center promotes entrepreneurship within the College of Business, across the university, and the Middle Tennessee community. Its mission is to foster the entrepreneurial spirit that empowers our students to ucceed in an ever-changing business environment. In the process, students will find and develop their passions by pursuing their dreams. The Center will provide the platform to foster these dreams and aspirations. The Center is built on the pillars of creativity, academics, campus engagement, and community support. To this end, the mission of the Center for Entrepreneurship is to support the dreams and passions of Austin Peay State University students in the development of new businesses through academic preparation, competitive business-plan event participation, internships, mentoring partnerships, and research activities. The Center was inspired by an academic faculty mentor, who continues to lead the development of the curriculum, teach in the program, lead workshops, and be the driving force in the development of student teams and business plans. While the Advisory Board continues to support the College of Business, a board of visitors has been established which will serve the Center as a bridge to the community, as mentors to students, and as advocates for funding. The board of visitors is governed by an executive group in concert with the Dean. Support for the Center comes through external funding from companies and individuals with administrative support coming from the College. The Center will pursue additional funding sources that include but not limited to workshops, external projects, consulting, and grant writing activities. The Center for Entrepreneurship is embedded in a minor that challenges business and non-business students to believe they can achieve their entrepreneurial desires within their professional callings, be they business, music, biology, computer sciences, or a host of other program areas. Upon graduation, our entrepreneurial students will have a finely tuned business plan that has survived student critiques, faculty scrutiny, and the examination of experienced and successful entrepreneurs. The unique aspect of this program is each of these students will experience all facets of building a business including the application for and use of Center financing to execute their plan. They will leave with an operating company and the confidence and skills to move it forward. Exciting times. Bill Rupp, PhD Dean and Professor of Management


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Table of Contents

Reader’s Guide

Message from the Dean ............................................. 2 Dean’s Research Forum ............................................... 4 Student Features ....................................................... 5- 9 New Faculty Members............................................10-11 Nashville Trip..........................................................12-13 Memphis Trip...........................................................14-15 Finishing Event........................................................16-17 Open Houses...................................................................18 Accreditation...................................................................19 Institute of Management Accountants..............20-21 Free Enterprise Centers.........................................22-23 Faculty Feature...............................................................24 Alumni Feature...............................................................25 Advisory Board Feature.........................................26-27



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Dean’s Research Forum

The Dean’s Research Forum is a brief presentation of papers that the faculty of the College of Business have published in journals. There have been two research forums within the College. The first forum took place on November 8th, 2012, and the second on March 21st, 2013. Austin Peay students and the Clarksville community were invited to attend. At both forums, there were over 100 people in attendance. Faculty and staff received extremely positive feedback from the students, and it is intended to become an annual event. At the first Dean’s Research Forum, another three papers were presented. Dr. Hassan Said presented his paper, “Liquidity Constraints and Asset Allocation: A Model for the Insurance Firm.” The second paper, “The Relationship Between Economic Freedom, State Growth, and Foreign Direct Investments in US States,” was a collaborative effort by Dr. Dennis Pearson, Dr. Dong Nyonna, and Dr. K.J. Kim. The last paper presented was “Multi-Period Production


Planning with Inventory, Interest Rate, and Backorder Considerations: A Pedagogical Presentation” by Dr. David Grimmett. At the second Dean’s Research Forum, three papers were presented. The first paper, “From Debt to Career: Accounting Majors Burst Student Loan Bubble” was presented by Dr. Susan Cockrell, Ms. Niesha Wolfe, and Ms. Pamela Meyer. Dr. Roger Clark (with George Philippatos) presented “Nonlinear Properties, Complexity, and Emergence in the Governance of the World Trade Organization.” The third paper, “The Role of the Management Accountant in Total Quality Management” was presented by Dr. Susan Cockrell and Dr. Dan Meyer. The College of Business Dean’s Research Forum highlights faculty accomplishments and publication successes. We are proud of the significant effect that our faculty members have on the research in their respective fields.

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Student Features: Our Stamp of Approval

David Bosanko is a junior from Woodlawn, Tennessee, con centrating in economics. He will be a first generation graduate of Austin Peay State University. Bosanko has been on the Dean’s List every semester of his college career, and has participated in APSU Goes Global’s trip to Trinidad and Tobago. He is a member of the Provost Exemplary Leadership Program (PELP 2), College of Business Dean’s Ambassadors, Southeastern Climber Coalition, Clarksville Off Road Club, and plans to start up a Habitat for Humanity Chapter for APSU. Bosanko will graduate in spring of 2014, and he would like to pursue his MBA. Outside of the classroom, Bosanko enjoys all outdoor activities, including rock climbing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, and camping. He has a passion for Jeeps and enjoys taking his off road as much as possible.

Iago Seffrin, a sophomore in the College of Business, is concentrating in international management with a minor in marketing. He is 20 years old and originally from Brazil. Seffrin is attending Ausitn Peay on a full tennis scholarship. The biggest challenge for Seffrin was leaving his “country, family, and friends to come and live alone in a different country.” He said living in a new culture was pretty difficult in the beginning. Seffrin has received the Athletic Academic Awards every semester of his college career. The men’s tennis team won the OVC 2013 Championships. The win gave the team the chance to go the NCAA National Championship this year, which marks the first ever trip to nationals for APSU. The pairing for the NCAA Tournament begins May 10th. Seffrin will graduate in two years, and he plans to get a Master’s degree after graduation. On and off the tennis court, Seffrin knows what it takes to get the job done.



Elizabeth Kimbrough is from Hendersonville, TN. She is a junior, concentrating in marketing with a management minor. She loves photography, going to concerts and events in Nashville, and traveling all over the world. She is a non-traditional student, and spent seven and a half years in the Army flying Apache helicoptors prior to coming back to college. Kimbrough was recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Psi, and she also volunteers as a note taker for Disability Services. She was “thrilled” to have been selected as a Dean’s Junior Ambassador this semester. She was inducted into Sigma Beta delta last November. She plans to graduate next May, and she plans on earning her MBA after graduation. According to Kimbrough, “The APSU College of Business has helped me beyond measure in the past year. I attend absolutely every event offered.” Kimbrough said that the professors at the College of Business have guided her in the right direction on many levels. She said that her experience with the military helped shape her as a person, and helps her regain perspective when life’s stressors start to wear her down.

Diyonka Massey is from Fayetteville, TN. She is a junior, concentrating in accounting. Massey chose Austin Peay because of the small size of the university, and if she needed one-on-one help, then that help is available. Massey’s parents have always supported her decision to attend college, and she attends APSU with two of her sisters. She said her most challenging course thus far has been ACCT 3010 – Intermediate Accounting. Massey is a member of IMA and Alpha Kappa Psi. She will graduate in spring of 2014, and plans to attend graduate school at Belmont to attain her MAcc. Massey would also like to sit for her CPA upon graduation. Massey enjoys helping others in the community, and as a result she has involved herself in many community service projects on campus.


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Matthew Gallowitz is originally from Frankfurt, Germany, but he grew up in Clarksville, TN. He is a junior, concentrating in finance with minors in marketing and real estate. Gallowitz chose this path because he feels these fields offer the greatest chance to begin work directly after college. Gallowitz has a strong history with Austin Peay, as his older brother and mother received their bachelor’s degrees in education. He said, “I knew I could receive a great education without having to move far from home.” He is affiliated with the Sigma Chi Fraternity and spends a large amount of his time giving back to the community and creating bonds with his fraternity brothers. Gallowitz also works as a YoungLife leader in one of the local high schools. He says this position “gives me an opportunity to impact young people in a positive way and give them an outlet to enjoy safe, faith-building activities.” Gallowitz plans on graduating in May 2014 and he intends on focusing his job search on local banking companies or financial planners. According to Gallowitz, “I strive to make every opportunity I have a positive experience and put forth a 100% effort into whatever I set my mind to.”

Grant Gooch is from Nashville, TN and is a rising sophomore concentrating in management. He chose Austin Peay because of the small class sizes and the one-on-one attention that comes with smaller classes. Gooch is considering a minor in psychology. He likes to hang out with friends and explore Clarksville in his spare time. Gooch is the Director of Alumni Affairs in AKPsi, a professional fraternity through the College of Business. He plans to graduate in 2016, and hopes to find a job where he can use his degree. Gooch credits his drive as what sets him apart from others. He is excited to move forward and acquire as much knowledge as possible from the College of Business at Austin Peay.




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Anthony Campbell is in the Master of Science in Management (MSM) program at Austin Peay. He graduated from APSU with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree and a concentration in international management. Campbell was recruited to play for the Govs while in high school and has been on the men’s basketball team since his freshman year. After being injured during his third season, he decided to take a red shirt. Because of those circumstances, he was allowed to continue his basketball career as a graduate student. Campbell’s hard work on the basketball court resulted in outstanding rankings. He was the 32nd member of the 1,000 point club – scoring 1,362 points in his 4 years (12th all-time). Other impressive statistics include ranking 6th in all-time in 3 pointers made and attempted, 12th in defensive rebounds, 16th in free throws made, 17th in games started, 19th in career free throw percentage, 19th in games played, and 11th in minutes. He also achieved scholar athlete status twice for the Men’s Basketball Team. One of the most challenging courses Campbell encountered at Austin Peay was the Capsim course through the MSM program. In this course, students are placed in groups, and each of the groups runs their own company while competing with teams both at APSU and across the nation. Outside of studying and basketball practice, Campbell likes to golf, work out, and spend time with close friends. Campbell’s work ethic is apparent in his rankings on and off the basketball court. Campbell will be graduating with his MSM on May 10th, 2013. He has a job in St. Louis, near his hometown of Edwardsville, IL, as a Logistics Coordinator. Campbell credits the College of Business with preparing him for life outside of college.



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Breaking Dr. Jennis Biser

Dr. Jennis Biser is our newest Assistant Professor of Economics. Her undergraduate degree is from West Virginia University. The highlight of her time at WVU was studying abroad in Italy and Cuba. Biser went to graduate school at George Mason University, and she has been teaching for five years at a state university in North Carolina. She chose the teaching profession because she enjoys economics. Her favorite part of teaching is continuing to learn from her students. In the upcoming fall, Biser will be teaching Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, and Intermediate Microeconomics. Her research interests include constitutional political economy, public choice, comparative economic systems, and institutional economics. Biser is from Morgantown, West Virginia, but she moved around quite a bit growing up. She even lived in Fort Campbell, KY for a couple of years. In her free time, Biser likes to scuba dive with her husband, Dwayne and enjoys family outings on the lake with their two children, Nathaniel and Dagny.

Dr. Edward Conrad Dr. Edward Conrad, one of our new Assistant Professors of Management, has 11 years of teaching experience. In the fall, Conrad will be teaching Principles of Management, Strategic Management (at the graduate and undergraduate level), and Management Information Systems. Conrad went to graduate school at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale. After spending about 15 years in corporate governance, Conrad determined that what he enjoyed most was the teaching and mentoring aspect of his position. He stated, “I try to leverage my corporate experience with current events that influence business strategy to provide a more meaningful, timely, and rich learning environment in the classroom.” Conrad is originally from Norman, Oklahoma, and has lived all over North and South America including Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico. He is married and has one son. His hobbies include a fascination with current events and trends, travel, and golf. Conrad chose Austin Peay primarily for the people. He stated, “I was extremely impressed with the professionalism, collegiality, and friendliness of everyone I met. The College of Business and the University are both on exciting paths of growth and continuous improvement that are distinctively attractive.” He is looking forward to learning from his colleagues and his students, collaborating in research, and contributing to the ongoing AACSB accreditation process.



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Gloria Miller Gloria Miller, one of our new Assistant Professors of Management, will graduate from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee in summer 2013. She has been teaching for seven years at UWM, both undergraduate classes and MBA classes. She has always enjoyed teaching and feels complete in the classroom. This fall, Miller will be teaching Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Human Resource Management, and Legal Issues in Human Resources. Miller is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is married with one son and daughter-in-law, as well as a grandson and granddaughter. Miller has one cat and two full-sized collies, one colored like Lassie, the other darker. She likes to read, hike, ride bikes, and travel with her husband. Miller is excited to come to Austin Peay. When she toured the university she found the campus to be beautiful and the students more than friendly.

Dr. Yingtao (Michael) Shen Dr. Yingtao (Michael) Shen is our newest Assistant Professor of Marketing. Shen graduated from the University of Alberta in Canada. In the fall, he will be teaching Principles of Marketing, Advertising and Promotion Strategies, and Marketing Research for the College of Business. He has been teaching for eight years at the University of Alberta, Dominican University, and Stetson University. Shen chose the teaching profession because he finds it rewarding and a “great privilege to meet with these young, energetic, and lovely people.� He would like to challenge each of his students to reach their full potential, and, ultimately, make a difference in their futures. Shen was born in Guilin, a small city in southern China. Guilin is pictured on the back of the 20 Chinese Yuan bank note, and the city is renowned for its unique scenery of Karst topography and a popular tourist destination. Shen considers the city the most beautiful place in China. He loves hiking, traveling, tennis, and swimming.



Nashville Trip

In February of 2013, students from the APSU College of Business visited several prominent companies in the Nashville area. Participants were selected on the basis of their performance in sophomore level business courses and a recommendation from a faculty member. Students had a chance to mingle with prestigious APSU business alumni. On the Nashville trip, students visited Ingram Content Group, AJAX Turner Co., Ernst & Young, and Curb Records. Ingram Content Group Inc. is the world’s largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content. They provide books, music and media content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. Students toured the large distribution center, and learned the ins and outs of the company. Brad Withrow, CPA at Ernst & Young, gave a tour of his Nashville office. On the tour, he discussed with students the opportunities at Ernst & Young and the life cycle of an accountant. They also met Jeff Edmondson, CFO of Curb Records, Inc. He gave the students a tour of the sound studio and pointed out the importance of marketing, business adaptation, and product distribution in the recording industry. Todd Williams, Executive Vice President from Ajax Turner Company, gave students a tour of their large distribution facility. He focused on the history of the company as well as their recovery from the flood of 2010. Anastasia Wood, a student on the trip, said the trip was a great experience, and witnessing real-life deployment of business concepts they learned in the classroom was inspiring. Andrew Merrill, another student on the trip, commented that the trip helped him gain an understanding of what line of work he would like to do after college. Tom Perry, Senior Vice President and CFO of Delta Dental of Tennessee, organized the trip for College of Business students. Perry, Withrow, Edmondson, and Williams are all on the College of Business Advisory Board. The Advisory Board serves as a sounding board for present and proposed programs and activities of the College, as well as identifying opportunities for business students to enrich their education through internships, mentorships, and other learning- practical work experiences. The College of Business would like to thank these Advisory Board members for their dedication to our students.


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Memphis Trip

Students from the College of Business traveled to Memphis as an “out of class experience.” These eight students and two faculty advisors, Dr. Phillips and Dr. Volker, were shown how the lessons from the classroom translate into careers and real world applications. The trip was intended for upperclassmen undergraduate students. The students toured five businesses in Memphis, including Vining Sparks, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Wepfer Marine Co, and FTN Financial. They also got the chance to experience some of the culture of Memphis, including dining at Frank Grisanti’s and at the Blues City Café, and touring Sun Studios where Elvis recorded. Katie Neely, one of the students on the trip, is a senior, concentrating in marketing. She is involved with Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity, Omnicron Delta Kappa, Who’s Who of Collegiate Students, PanHellenic Delegate, and Miss Austin Peay 2011. She said about the trip, “The application of knowledge is what is important to take away from undergrad, not just receiving a high grade in a class.” One of the more interesting facts she learned was that St. Jude requires $1.8 million dollars per day to operate. Neely said the trip taught her a lot about herself and future goals in life. “It was such a wonderful eye opening experience to see how business coincides with every aspect of any job,” said Neely.



“The salt and pepper stay married – never to divorce� is just one piece of advice that College of Business students received at the Finishing Event and Etiquette Dinner. This advice refers to passing both the salt and the pepper when someone asks for the salt or pepper. The Finishing Event took place on March 25th at 4:30 pm, and approximately 75 students were in attendance. They covered a range of topics, including job interview skills, professional dress, first impressions, networking, cover letters, and resumes. Several students anonymously submitted their resumes to be reviewed by the panel during the forum. The keynote speaker was Tom Perry, a member of the College of Business Advisory Board and CFO of Delta Dental. Faye Silva, from Omnicell, also spoke to students. Silva is a recruiter, and guided students to what professionals are looking for in candidates. The Etiquette Dinner was held at F&M Bank in downtown Clarksville on April 8th at 5:00 pm. Students were required to attend the Finishing Event in order to receive an invitation to the dinner. Approximately 45 students took advantage of this opportunity, including one advisory board member and two faculty members. After dinner, students mingled with coffee on the balcony overlooking the Cumberland River. Missy Acosta from Delta Dental was the keynote speaker at the Etiquette Dinner. The dinner, a four course meal, was catered by Margie Crain. Margie Crain, of Catering by Margie, is a local business owner, and wife to one of our College of Business professors, Professor Wallace Crain. These events were sponsored by the College of Business, and were free to students. The participants were exposed to various cultural differences that they may not experience in a classroom. Kaitlyn Wood, a graduate assistant of the College of Business, was in charge of the logistics of these events. She thought the events were highly successful and gave students some impressive real world experience. Wood hopes that these events will continue to be a part of the College of Business because of their unique benefits to our students.


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Open Houses at the College of Business

The College of Business recently held two open houses to showcase the Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management at Austin Peay State University. The College hosted the BBA Open House to give all students who were interested in a degree in business an opportunity to ask questions, mingle with current students, and receive more information on the program concentrations. The Open House also gave current students a chance to talk with one another, faculty, and staff in a relaxed setting. Towards the end of the night, Matthew Kilpatrick, an academic advisor, invited prospective students to a personalized session where they could receive answers to other questions the students had about the BBA program. Kilpatrick considered the event a success and expressed great interest for another program in the fall to attract students to business. There are currently 900 students in the BBA program. The MSM Open House was held in the Fall Semester to inform prospective students on program requirements in the MSM. They also had the chance to meet with faculty members, their advisor (Carlene Smith), and current students. At the MSM Open House, current students were able to sit down with the MSM Program Director and the Dean to discuss the program and provide their personal input on how the program could better meet their needs. The Open House was a great success among current students. There are approximately 50 students currently enrolled in graduate classes in the MSM program. If you have any questions regarding the degrees through the College of Business, you may visit our website at You can also email Matthew Kilpatrick ( for more information on the BBA program and Carlene Smith for information on the MSM program (


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Accreditation The College of Business is continuing to respond to issues presented to us by AACSB. One of the main obstacles concerning the accreditation process was the hiring of academically qualified faculty. Recently the College of Business has hired four faculty members: two in management, one in marketing, and one in economics. Now, all areas within the College of Business will meet the standards required for AACSB. The major field test scores are continuing to improve. Assessments of learning goals have been clarified, and we are using the measurements to improve the curriculum and courses. For example, we have created accounting labs to be taken in conjunction with the Principles of Accounting I class. These labs are meant to cover topics where students could use improvement on the major field test. We are moving forward and estimate to attain AACSB accreditation by 2017.

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Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)

The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) is one of the College of Business’ student organizations. IMA is geared toward accounting students, but all business majors are welcome to join. IMA’s mission is to provide students with access to business professionals in order to prepare them for life outside of Austin Peay. There are currently about 40 active members. Most of the meetings consist of networking with business professionals, which can be helpful to any major. Guest speakers consist of a diverse group of business professionals who share real world experiences with members. Some of this year’s guest speakers included David Shipley from Deloitte & Touche who discussed public accounting and internal auditing, Sarah Simpson from Robert Half who discussed how to start a career as a business professional, Whitney Lawson from


Becker Professional Education who lectured about passing the CPA exam, and Ed Peters from Trane, who addressed Information Technology. Marcus Marotti, the current president of IMA, stated, “becoming a member of this organization facilitates the classroom experience by providing an external insight to the accounting profession.” Members can benefit by developing leadership skills and getting assistance with résumés, professional networking, and internships. IMA’s national organization has more than 60,000 members. The organization’s core values are respect for the individual, passion for serving members, highest standards of integrity and trust, innovation and continuous improvement, and teaming to achieve. IMA also sponsors the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) credential. Student members of IMA will be allowed to take the CMA exam at a significantly discounted rate.

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Center for Economic Education

Through the Free Enterprise Chair of Excellence, the College of Business at Austin Peay offers Economic Education programs for teachers and students to provide a better understanding of the theory and practice of capitalism, and the positive relationship between private enterprise and economic prosperity. The activities include: Free Enterprise Speaker Series, Workshops for Teachers, Curriculum Development and Consultation, Economic Education Courses, and Materials Library. “A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labour the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities” – Thomas Jefferson.


Free Enterprise Centers

Center for Entrepreneurship The Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) is to be a place where ideas are created, developed, and executed. The CFE will not only be the place for entrepreneurship on campus but will also serve as a bridge between the campus and the community. Plans are underway to develop a business plan “bootcamp” that will reach out to local entrepreneurs and provide them with an intense experience that will culminate in the development of a viable business plan. An additional community outreach program that is in the works is a “Pitch Weekend”. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch their ideas and assemble a team while putting a business plan together during an intense weekend session. The CFE hopes to be a “go to” resource for local entrepreneurship. The new entrepreneurship minor will be the flag bearer for entrepreneurship efforts on campus and hopes to attract students in all disciplines with ideas that they want to develop. The CFE will host the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization and will sponsor students in regional and national business plan competitions.

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On Friday, May 3rd, the College of Business announced two donations for the Center for Entrepreneurship. Delta Dental and Civic Bank and Trust each contributed $25,000, for a total gift amount of $50,000. Bob Perry, President and CEO of Civic Bank and Trust, and Tom Perry, CFO of Delta Dental, initiated this generous donation to the College of Business. Both Bob and Tom Perry have been long time members of the College of Business Advisory Board. This donation ensures funding for continued excellence within the College. We strive to provide a quality learning environment for our students, and this gift is conducive to this goal. Because of the generosity of our alumni, the College of Business is able to provide a more worthwhile educational experience.

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Faculty Feature: Dr. Roger Clark Dr. Roger Clark is a professor of accounting at the College of Business. He has taught at Austin Peay since 1992, and began teaching Tax and both Principles of Accounting courses. Today, Clark teaches International Accounting, International Finance, and the occasional Principles of Accounting Class. He also teaches the graduate courses Applied Business Research and Managerial Use of Financial Reports. Clark graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with his doctorate and his juris doctorate. Before teaching, he worked as an attorney and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) at a private practice for 15 years. He is still licensed in law and maintains his CPA. Clark

considers these a “handy combination.” He always had the idea to teach at a university, and he taught as an adjunct a couple of times before deciding to come to the College of Business. Currently, Clark’s research is related to international accounting and finance, as those are his favorite classes to teach. Currently, Clark is working on the following topics in his research: markets and complexity theory, financing in developing countries, and how to issue bonds through an international agency. During the Nashville floods a couple of years ago, Clark decided to offer his expertise to those in need. He wrote an article in the TSCPA Journal on how to handle all the tax aspects which occurred because of the floods.


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Alumni Feature:

John Ogles

John Ogles is a graduate of Austin Peay State University class of 1967; he double majored in chemistry and marketing. While at APSU, Ogles was a member of the football team, A Club, Circle K, and acted as Treasurer of the Student Body. Ogles began his career in Institutional Investing after attending graduate school, and then taught at Middle Tennessee State University for three years. For the past 35 years, Ogles has worked in Institutional Investing at Vining Sparks in Memphis, TN. He is an investment advisor to financial institutions, banks, savings institutions, and credit unions. They trade Government Bonds with these institutions and provide them with a service package which includes Asset Liability and Accounting services to help guide clients in their decision making process. The total experience at Austin Peay was “extremely meaningful� to Ogles. He says the contacts he made while attending Austin Peay have been extremely helpful because a large part of what he does involves networking. The most influential classes he had at APSU were the marketing classes under Professor Peter Condiles. Ogles stated, Professor Condiles was very nurturing and provided the encouragement and motivation that led him to graduate school. Today, Ogles is excited to have his son working with him at Vining Sparks.



Advisory Board Feature

Nancy Northington joined the College of Business Advisory Board in 2012 for a threeyear term as a way of giving back to APSU. Northington graduated from the APSU College of Business in 1980 with a BBA, concentrating in Accounting, and from Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School in 1993 with an Executive MBA. She credits Austin Peay with finding her first job with Union Carbide, where she worked as an accountant for the company’s Clarksville plant. Northington has ties to Clarksville in many ways. Her great-grandfather was mayor of Clarksville in the early 1900s. She has many family members who graduated from Austin Peay, including her father, brother, sister, nieces, and nephews. Northington was a member of the Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity while attending APSU. Northington’s advice to students is, “Never stop learning - this will enrich your life and is key to staying on top of your game in the working world. Take the tough assignments


that others pass up. You will expand your knowledge, grow your professional network, and enhance your resumé and professional reputation. Set aside time in your schedule to give back, volunteer and help others however you are able.” She has had a successful thirty year career in both corporate accounting and finance. Today, she lives in Nashville and is self-employed. She loves to read, listen to music, and keep up with sports. You might see her at Parnassus Books, the Nashville Symphony, a Titans game, or a Vanderbilt sporting event. Even though she is a CPA, she never chose to practice public accountancy. However, the CPA certification has been valuable to her in the corporate world, particularly in roles involving controllership, financial statement preparation, public company reporting, audits and tax. Northington says that without the CPA, she would not have been considered for or offered certain positions in accounting and finance. Northington chose accounting because “the work seemed so essential to individuals and business.” Her favorite roles were those where she was a part of a business management team. Her definition of success has evolved over time. At first, she measured success through grades and staying on track to graduate. In her early work life, she valued responsibility – which led to job changes, promotions, and pay increases. Later on, she believed that success could be achieved through teamwork and synergy. Today, Northington devotes more of her time and resources to helping others.

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“A successful day is one where I have been able to help others in some way.� - Nancy Northington

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