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WILKES UNIVERSITY MBA FACULTY:
Dean Jeffrey R. Alves, Ph.D.
Dr. Alves serves as the Dean of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. Before being appointed Dean, Dr. Alves was the Allan P. Kirby, Jr. distinguished professor of free enterprise and entrepreneurship and director of the Allan P. Kirby Center for Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. He has developed undergraduate, graduate, and youth courses and programs in free enterprise and entrepreneurship, including a minor and major in entrepreneurship. His excellence in the classroom has been recognized by Outstanding Faculty, Interdisciplinary Teaching, and Outstanding Advisor Awards. He has been inducted by SIFE USA into the Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellow Hall of Fame, and he currently serves on the SIFE USA Dean's Advisory Board. He also serves on the Executive Board and is president-elect of the International Council for Small Business. Prior to joining Wilkes University, Dr Alves was an entrepreneur and involved in the creation and launch of five businesses. Dr. Alves earned his B.S. from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. He is the author of books and articles related to entrepreneurship and small business management and serves a number of regional economic development and corporate boards.
Karen M. Alessi, MBA
Mrs. Karen Alessi earned her Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in organizational leadership and development from Wilkes University and her bachelor’s degree in business from Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves the University as Associate Director of the MBA and ABBA programs, as well as an instructor of business courses. Professor Alessi's background includes various professional experiences in management, marketing, human resources, and quality control. She has served in management positions for several national retail firms. Her research interests include examining best practices of offering graduate education in business.
Morgan R. Clevenger, MBA
Mr. Clevenger earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism and a master’s degree in business administration from the College of Business and Economics, both at West Virginia University. Mr. Clevenger is presently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dissertation was the relationship between American higher education and U.S. corporations.
Jennifer Edmonds, Ph.D./ Finance, Accounting, and Management (FAM) Department Chair
Dr. Edmonds earned her doctorate in management science from the Rutgers Business School of Rutgers University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from University of Michigan and an MBA from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the business education community, she worked as a chemical engineer at Dow Corning Corporation in Michigan. She aims to help students develop and sharpen the quantitative and analytical skills that allow them to evaluate real-life situations. Dr. Edmonds’ research interests include mathematical programming and applied operations research as they apply to psychometrics, computer adaptive test assembly, and supply chain management.
Dean Frear, Ph.D.
Dr. Frear holds a doctorate in organization and management. Previously working in the investment industry, Dr. Frear held Series 7, 63 and 65 licenses with the National Association of Securities Dealers. As a financial consultant, he developed and presented more than 30 seminars dealing with such issues as estate planning, retirement planning and investment planning for senior citizens. Dr. Frear works with the Wilkes University Sovereign Center Workshop Series as a leadership consultant. He currently serves as the President of the Northeastern Association of Business, Economics, and Technology Conference and the interim President of COPE International. Dr. Frear also serves as the Faculty Director of the Accelerated BBA Program at Wilkes University and as faculty adviser for the Wilkes Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Management Club. Dr. Frear earned his Ph.D. from Capella University, his MBA from University of Scranton, and a bachelor’s degree from Bloomsburg University.
Gary L. Gordon, Ph.D.
Dr. Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Loyola College, Montreal, Canada, his MBA in Marketing, and his Ph.D. in Human Resources Management from Syracuse University. He has taught previously at the State University of New York College at Oswego, the University of New Brunswick, Morgan State University, and Syracuse University. In addition, he has served as the Director of Housing for the Oneida Indian Nation of New York and as the Executive Director of the National American Indian Housing Council, headquartered in Washington, DC. Dr. Gordon has taught classes in Management, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources Management, Human Resource Staffing, and Leadership. Additionally, he has given seminars/workshops on leadership, supervision, performance evaluation, and many others. Dr. Gordon’s research interests focus on workforce diversity and social responsibility.
Emma Hao, Ph.D.
Dr. Hao earned her doctoral degree in economics from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and her Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from Washington University in St. Louis. She served as a teaching assistant and research assistant at Washington University and Southern Illinois University. She is a Certified Public Accountant in China. Dr. Hao’s research interests include international trade and financial reporting. Her work has been published in numerous scholarly and professional journals.
Dr. Kathleen Houlihan, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathleen Houlihan serves as Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems and Marketing. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her MBA, with a specialization in Marketing from Wilkes University. After several years working in the IT industry, she went on to study at Capella University earning her Ph.D. in Organizational Management with a concentration in Information Technology Management. Professor Houlihan teaches courses in marketing, social media, and IT operations. She has more than 20 years of administrative experience working in the areas of marketing, admissions, retention and technical operations at several universities. She also has experience owning and operating her own business, as well as, experience with web hosting technologies for a major Internet company.
Anthony Liuzzo, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Liuzzo serves as professor of business and economics and as Director of Arizona Business programs. He is a licensed attorney and economist specializing in public policy issues. The sole author of Essentials of Business Law, 8th Edition, a textbook published by McGraw-Hill/Irwin, Dr. Liuzzo is also author of numerous books and articles that have appeared in scholarly and professional journals. He has been cited in many publications, including CNN, Forbes, the New York Times, USA Today, the New York Daily News, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Times, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Detroit News, and the San Francisco Examiner for his views on legal and business issues. Prior to joining Wilkes, Dr. Liuzzo served as editor of a scholarly journal and has been instrumental in creating several successful small businesses. He earned his Ph.D. in business administration, Master of Philosophy in economics, and MBA in management from New York University; his law degree from St. John’s University; and his bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.
Justin Matus, Ph.D.
Dr. Matus graduated from King’s College with a degree in business administration. He also holds an MBA from Golden Gate University, and a doctorate in health services and management from Old Dominion University. A widely published author of papers and articles on health care management, Dr. Matus brings a wealth of teaching and professional experience. He served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy. He previously served as a member of the Cincinnati Board of Health, president of MidAmerica Healthcare Executives, St. Louis, and a member of the Patient Safety Committee for Susquehanna Health System. Dr. Matus teaches courses in strategy and business policy. His research interests include motivation, job satisfaction and workforce diversity. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Health Administration Education.
Chester D. Newhart, Jr., Esq.
Mr. Newhart earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton, a law degree from Villanova University School of Law and is a licensed attorney and title insurance agent in Pennsylvania. Mr. Newhart is a former adjunct faculty member at Wilkes University, and he is now returning to teach law and business, the legal environment of business and business law, business and public policy, advanced topics in business law, and financial and managerial accounting.
Matthew Sowcik, Ph.D.
Dr. Sowcik is Assistant Professor in Leadership Studies and the Director of Leadership Education in the Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Studies at Wilkes University, where he has worked professionally for the past nine years. Aside from his research and administrative duties, Dr. Sowcik also serves as a consultant to The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership studies' faculty and students. Dr. Sowcik earned a B.A. in Psychology from Wilkes University, an M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. Dr. Sowcik teaches both on the graduate and undergraduate levels in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Theory, Advanced Leadership, The Entrepreneurial Leader, Innovation and Creativity, and Leadership in Context. His research specialization is in the emergence and sustainability of Leadership Studies programs.
Wagiha Taylor, Ph.D.
Dr. Taylor is Professor of International Business and Economics and former Dean of Graduate Studies at Wilkes University. Dr. Taylor earned her M.A. in Economics from Brown University and her Ph.D. from Clark University. She has published papers and lectured to various professional and civic groups in the U.S. and abroad, and acted as a consultant for United Nations. She is currently the Honorary President of the Congress of Political Economics, International, and also has been its President. She is also currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Association of Egyptian American Scholars in the U.S. and Canada; and also has been its President. She has been President of the Pennsylvania Economic Association; President of the Wilkes University Faculty Association; President of the Association of Egyptian American Scholars in the U.S. and Canada; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Development and Science Institute, Washington, D.C., and President of the Northeast Pennsylvania Association of Arab-Americans. She is a Founding and Life Member of both the Eastern Economic Association and the Congress of Political Economists, International. She has traveled extensively on business to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, South America, South Africa, and Australia.
Dr. Ge Xiao, Ph.D.
Dr. Ge Xiao specializes in marketing and e-business. She earned her doctoral degree in consumer affairs as well as a master degree in management information systems from Auburn University. She also holds a bachelor degree in economics from Yokohama City University, Japan. Prior to joining Wilkes University, she served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia for several years. Dr. Xiao’s teaching and research interests lie in the areas of international marketing, consumer behavior, e-business, communication, and brand management. Dr. Xiao has taught courses in a variety of subject areas. Her research has been published in several referred journals, including Psychology and Marketing and International Communication Gazette.