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New Faces

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

Four new faculty members will be joining the Department of Management; three will become part of the Department of Finance and Economics; two will be faculty in the School of Accountancy; and one will join the Management Information Systems Department.

Devon Gorry

A researcher from one of the top economics education programs in the country has joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the Economics and Finance Department.

Devon Gorry has been a teaching assistant and lecturer in the Economics Department at the University of Chicago.

Frank Caliendo, an as­sociate professor in the Economics and Finance Department, said Dr. Gorry will bring valuable experience and add to the Huntsman School’s reputation.

“Chicago has one of the best economics depart­ments in the world,” Dr. Caliendo said. “We are excited to have her join the team.”

Jason Smith

A researcher who co-authored a paper accepted into one of the nation’s top finance journals has been hired by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Jason Smith, who earned his doctorate in finance from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006, will join the Economics and Finance Department. He has been an assistant professor of finance at the University of Kentucky since 2006.

Dr. Smith collaborated with three other research­ers on a paper that looks at specific effects of cash flows for corporations and how they are adjusting le­veraging ratios. The paper has been accepted into the Journal of Financial Economics, one of the most selective finance journals in the country. The Journal of Financial Economics rejected nearly 90 percent of all submissions from Feb. 2011 to Jan. 2012, accord­ing to its website.

Ryan Whitby

A professor whose research on executive pay has been published in one of the top finance journals in the world will begin teaching in the Economics and Finance Department.

Ryan Whitby has published in the Review of Financial Studies, one of the top three finance journals in the world, said Ben Blau, an assistant professor in the Economics and Finance Department.

“Ryan wrote an article exploring the practice of adjusting the terms of the options after companies pay their executives,” Dr. Blau said. “Having that article published in the Review of Financial Studies is very impressive.”

Dr. Whitby now teaches at Texas Tech University. He received his doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Utah, and a bachelor’s in business administration from Weber State University in 1998.

John Ferguson

A Vanderbilt University law school graduate, who earned a Juris doctorate degree in constitutional law and international hu­man rights, has agreed to join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business fac­ulty as a law, ethics, and international management lecturer.

John Ferguson, whose employment begins fall 2012, now works as a lec­turer at Baylor University and has a considerable amount of professional experience. First amend­ment consultant, attorney, and editor of The Texas Journal of Free Enterprise and Public Policy are three of many professional titles Dr. Ferguson has held.

Chad Simon

A professor who won the 2011 “Best Paper Award” at a top auditing research symposium in Europe has agreed to join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business faculty as an assistant professor. He will teach accounting with an audit emphasis.

Chad Simon has worked as an assistant professor at University of Nevada – Las Vegas since 2008 and has garnered a considerable amount of professional ex­perience in a short amount of time.

Merideth Ferguson

With a doctorate from the University of Georgia and a master’s of ac­countancy from Brigham Young University, Dr. Simon specializes in audits and has been published in Accounting Review and Accounting Academic. The “Best Paper Award” recognition came at the 6th European Auditing Research Network (EARNet) Symposium in 2011.

Merideth Ferguson, author and co-author of more than 26 publications, conference papers, and presentations, will be joining the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business as an assistant professor teaching human resources classes.

Dr. Ferguson received two “Best Paper” honors from the Academy of Management, in 2008 and 2010. Her research has been featured in major media outlets such as ABC News, Business Week, Wall Street Journal Radio, and USA Today.

Dr. Ferguson earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University. She now works as an assistant professor at Baylor University.

Sterling Bone

The developer of the strategic sales manage­ment course materials used by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has agreed to become a new faculty member at the school.

With a doctorate from Oklahoma State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Utah State University, Sterling Bone will join the Huntsman School of Business as an assistant professor of marketing.

Dr. Bone has extensive experience teaching courses such as market­ing management, services marketing, promotional strategy, and principles of marketing. He has earned high student ratings from these courses.

In the past year alone, Dr. Bone has been recog­nized as an AMA Sheth Foundation Consortium Faculty Fellow and honored for the Best Practitioner Presentation at the Frontiers in Service Conference.

Timothy Gardner

A researcher known for his work in strategic human resource manage­ment has agreed to join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the Management Department.

Timothy Gardner is now a professor of management at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Gardner received his doctorate in 2002 from Cornell University and his master’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1996.

Dr. Gardner conducts research to find out if firms can gain a competitive edge in the marketplace by taking better care of their employees and business partners, according to Alan Warnick, associate department head for the management department.

“He comes with a great research record, along with a long list of journal articles and book chapters to his name,” Professor Warnick said.

Nicole Forsgren Velasquez

A former Huntsman valedictorian, who is now teaching at Pepperdine University, has agreed to join the Huntsman School of Business in its Management Information Systems Department. Nicole Forsgren Velasquez was Huntsman’s valedictorian in 2001, and she was also named the Robins Award Scholar of the Year, a Utah State University award given to one outstanding student each year.

Dr. Velasquez has since gone on to earn a master of accounting and a doctorate in management information systems from the University of Arizona, a university that has a top-five rated MIS program. She is now an assistant professor in the Business Division at Pepperdine University where she conducts research dealing with cost allocations, knowledge management, and IT impacts. She said she likes to collaborate with undergraduate students on research, something she intends to continue at USU.

She has been a featured speaker at industry and academic events. Dr. Velasquez has also drafted technical white papers, a patent, newsletter articles, and academic research papers.


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Call Family Foundation to Invest $3.5 Million to Help Utah Students

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

The Call Family Foundation plans to donate $3.5 million to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

Crystal Maggelet, the CEO of FJ Management, announced in February the foundation’s plan to donate $1 million to fund one fully staffed career services center that will bear the Flying J name at each school. Flying J is the name of a company that her father, Jay Call, founded; the company is now called FJ Management. Each university also will receive an additional $750,000 to be allocated over a 15-year period for scholarships for FJ Management employees and students at the two universities.

Each year, up to 10 scholarships will be awarded to USU students who are current or former employ­ees of Flying J or FJ Management, or the spouses or children of current or former employees of Flying J or FJ Management.

Ms. Maggelet said the donations were a fulfill­ment of her late father’s vision to help young people. Jay Call founded Flying J Fuel Co. in 1968.

“My father died suddenly at a young age,” she said. “He was generous every day in small ways but never had much of an opportunity to give back in ways that could help hundreds of students for years to come. He started with nothing, but through hard work and determination he built Flying J to become one of North America’s largest diesel fuel retailers. This gift will help hundreds of students accomplish their educational dreams. It is my hope that those who receive this scholarship will apply the same spirit of entrepreneurship and independence in their lives that my father demonstrated.”


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Huntsman Students Score in 92nd Percentile on National Exam

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

On a test administered to students at institutions around the nation, MBA students at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business scored in the 92nd percentile overall.

All MBA students at the Huntsman School participate in the MBA version of the Educational Testing Services’ (ETS) Major Field Test in business. The scores for the on-campus, full-time cohort were recently released, and Huntsman MBA students scored higher than 92 percent of students who took the test. The test was given at 225 institutions, and 14,406 students participated.

“The Huntsman School MBA program’s recent excellent ranking on the Major Field Test is testa­ment to the quality of our students, faculty, and curriculum,” said Konrad Lee, director of the MBA program.

The Huntsman School also made notable im­provements in several categories of the test, which is broken up into marketing, management, finance, managerial accounting, and strategic integration.


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Scholarship Supports Students Who Stay for a Graduate Degree

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

Some teachers get so attached to their students that they hate to see them leave. Frank Shuman is appar­ently one of those teachers.

He has helped set up the Frank and Anita Shuman Scholarship, an endowment aimed at help­ing those who earned an undergraduate degree at the Huntsman School of Business earn a graduate degree from the school as well.

Frank Shuman, a principal lecturer in the school of accountancy, formalized the schol­arship in January 2010 and over the next year and a half raised more than $25,000. He said alumni he taught over his 20 years at the Huntsman School donated $10,000, and he matched that amount. He said con­necting with those who donated was very rewarding.

“I remembered something about every student who donated to the fund,” Frank said. “It brought back a lot of memories.”

He said he wanted to establish the endowment because he received his bachelor’s and master’s de­grees in accounting from the Huntsman School and wanted to help other students who desired to do the same.

Frank said he will continue to add to the fund and said anyone else interested may donate to the scholarship online.

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Huntsman School to Become Home for Business Education Journal

This article was originally published in the Spring 2012 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

A journal on innovation in business education is coming to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

Vijay Kannan, professor of operations management and executive director of international programs, was selected in January as the editor of the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education. The journal is published quarterly, and features articles on teaching innovation, and research on contemporary issues in business education with an emphasis on the decision sciences, quantitative and behavioral approaches to decision-making. The journal is sponsored by the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), a global organization of academics and business professionals in a variety of business disciplines.

Professor Kannan said he was selected based on his prior involvement in DSI, his research record, and his experience as an associate editor for another DSI journal, Decision Sciences, and for the Institute for Supply Management’s Journal of Supply Chain Management.

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Former Jazz marketing exec joins Huntsman School

This article was originally published in the Fall 2011 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine.

A former Utah Jazz executive has joined the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business team as a lecturer and a co-director of strategic marketing and brand management.

For the last five years Eric Schulz has been the marketing head of the Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment Group, overseeing the Utah Jazz, Salt Lake Bees, KJZZ-14 TV, and other Miller properties. In his new position, he will draw from his experience in marketing and brand management with international companies such as Disney, Coca-Cola, and Procter & Gamble. He also has experience in sports marketing, having worked on the Olympics, in the XFL Football League and in minor league baseball.

Mr. Schulz is the author of The Marketing Game, How The World’s Best Companies Play to Win. Since 2002, he has taught product marketing and brand management to MBA students at the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. Mr. Schulz earned an MBA from the Marriott School of Management at BYU.

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Notre Dame professor now an Aggie

This was originally released to the press July 13, 2011 and was picked up by more than 250 news outlets, including CBS News, NY Daily News, the Boston Globe and the San Francisco Chronicle. It was also published in the Fall 2011 edition of the Huntsman Alumni Magazine and posted August 2011 by The Huntsman Post.

Award-Winning Notre Dame Professor Becomes An Aggie

Notre Dame professor joins the Huntsman School of Business as head of the Department of Management

An award-winning professor at the University of Notre Dame has agreed to come to Utah State University to assume a key leadership position at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business.

James H. Davis, who launched the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Notre Dame, is now a professor and the head of the management department at the Huntsman School of Business, according to Dean Douglas D. Anderson. Davis launched the entrepreneurial center at Notre Dame in 1998; and in the 10 years he served as its director, it was consistently ranked among the top 20 programs in the country, Anderson said.

Before coming to USU, Davis was the John F. O’Shaughnessy Chair of Family Enterprises at Notre Dame. While there, the president of the university presented him with the “President’s Award,” recognizing him for his contributions to the university. He was also named as the MBA Outstanding Professor of the Year at Notre Dame three times.

In 2006, the Academy of Management, the leading professional association for professors of management, honored Davis for his research on trust, calling it the best theoretical, groundbreaking research of the 1990s.

“Jim’s record of scholarship is extensive and impressive,” Anderson said. “He is an outstanding and highly energetic teacher. Here we teach our students to be innovative, and we emphasize the importance of ethical leadership. Dr. Davis is uniquely qualified to add momentum to those efforts and will clearly prove an important addition to the leadership team at the Huntsman School of Business.”

The appointment comes after the school did a nation-wide search to find the right person for the position, Anderson said.

With research interests and publications in the areas of stewardship, strategic decision-making, trust, corporate governance and social capital, Davis’ articles have appeared in many publications including the “Strategic Management Journal,” the “Academy of Management Review,” “Journal of Applied Psychology,” “Harvard Business Review” and “International Journal of Value-Based Management.”

“I came here to speak last January and was very impressed to see the progress going on at the Huntsman School of Business,” Davis said. “I could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of this school’s efforts at this crucial time. I think I can learn from the impressive leadership team it has in place and contribute to its focused efforts to better serve the students here at USU.”

Dr. Davis earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Brigham Young University, his MBA from Idaho State University and his doctorate from the University of Iowa.

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