Executive Education

Teaching Faculty

Doug Bosse, Ph.D.

Doug Bosse, Ph.D.

Doug Bosse is an associate professor of management in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Doug has over 15 years of experience consulting on strategy and organization development issues. He is recognized most for improving his clients’ performance with their strategic trading partners. Doug has managed the successful completion of more than 50 strategic relationship quality projects and has developed new strategy, strategy implementation, process management and organizational structure engagements for clients.

Working with firms of all sizes, Doug has designed and implemented strategic account management programs for ten clients in eight industries, facilitated account planning activities for over 60 cross-functional customer teams, and driven cost reductions through supply chain improvements. Prior to joining UR, he worked as a management consultant and thought leader for Accenture and S4 Consulting. Doug served as an executive officer and director at the nonprofit Strategic Account Management Association for seven years. 

Doug received his Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from The Ohio State University, his MBA is also from Ohio State University and his BS is from Miami University

Carey

Patti B. Carey

Patti Bowman Carey is an independent consultant focusing on human resources, management, communication, and personal development areas. As a human resources practitioner for over 20 years, she fills her workshops full of real-life examples and workable solutions. She has coached everyone from hourly personnel to CEOs. Patti served as Vice President of Human Resources at East Coast Oil Corporation, headquartered in Richmond, VA for seven years. Before joining East Coast, Patti served as an Area Human Resources Manager with Kraft General Foods, responsible for HR issues for two manufacturing plants and five sales groups throughout the Southeast. Prior to working with Kraft, she held various positions with Dominion Virginia Power over a ten-year period, including positions in training, compensation, and staffing/employment. She holds a masters degree in human resource management from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelors degree in business administration from Longwood College.

Richard Coughlan

Richard Coughlan, Ph.D.

Richard Coughlan serves as Senior Associate Dean in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond, where he has been a member of the management faculty since 1998. He has had leadership responsibility for the Graduate School of Business and the Executive Education division of the Robins School since 2004. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Coughlan earned an MBA and a Ph.D. in Judgment and Decision Making at the University of Arizona. Prior to graduate school, he spent nearly five years as a sales manager in the hospitality industry, first for Hyatt Hotels and later for The Pebble Beach Resorts. A recipient of the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator Award, Coughlan has taught courses on decision-making, negotiations and ethics to audiences ranging from undergraduates to senior executives. His views on business appear regularly in national media outlets including Bloomberg BusinessWeek and National Public Radio.

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Earl

John H. Earl, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. John Earl is an Associate Professor of Finance in Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Prior to joining the University of Richmond, he was an instructor in the Department of Finance at Arizona State University. Dr. Earl has worked with many Richmond firms including Ethyl Corporation, Tredegar Corporation, Dominion Resources, and K95 Radio Station. His professional designations include the CFA, CLU, CHFC, CFP, CIC, ARM.

Geiger

Marshall Geiger, Ph.D.

Marshall A. Geiger, PhD, CPA, is a Professor of Accounting and past holder of the Jennings Chair in Business at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Marshall is currently serving as the Academic Fellow in Accounting in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has also served as an honorary Professor of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University in Australia. 

 Dr. Geiger has substantial experience in developing and presenting accounting and business courses at the University of Maine, University of Rhode Island, University of Florida and the University of Richmond.  He graduated from Penn State University in 1988 with his PhD in accounting and has since published over 70 articles and a research monograph on various topics in accounting, auditing and accounting education.  Marshall has been recognized as the most prolific accounting scholar among all accounting PhDs graduating worldwide in 1988 and holds appointments on five editorial review boards for scholarly journals in the US and internationally. Marshall has delivered over 50 educational and research seminars on topics in accounting and auditing in numerous countries and has considerable experience teaching in Executive MBA programs.

Gilstrap

Katie Gilstrap

Katie Gilstrap’s experience in developing, growing and managing successful brands includes leading the marketing efforts at Fulcrum Collaborations, PhiloSophia Associates, First Market Bank, Saint Andrew’s School, Historic Shockoe Properties and Junior Achievement of Central Virginia.  In addition to her professional and civic responsibilities, she serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Richmond, both in the Robins’ School of Business and the Institute on Philanthropy, and in the business school at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Harrison

Jeff Harrison, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeff Harrison is the W. David Robbins Chair of Strategic Management in the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Prior to his current appointment, he served on the faculty at Cornell University. Dr. Harrison's research interests include strategic management, entrepreneurship and business ethics, with particular expertise in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, diversification, strategic alliances and stakeholder management. Much of his work has been published in prestigious academic journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal and Journal of Business Ethics. He has authored or coauthored six books. In addition, Dr. Harrison has served on several editorial review boards, including Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Executive, and currently, Strategic Management Journal. He has also provided consulting to many companies on a wide range of strategic, entrepreneurial and other business issues.

Hutter

Chris Hutter

Chris Hutter is a Senior Associate with Virginia Capital Partners, a Richmond based private equity firm. Chris holds a CFA charter and received his MBA from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Prior to landing in Richmond, Chris worked as CFO of a start-up company in Denver, Colorado after holding a significant role in logistics and inventory planning for another start-up company in the footwear industry. Chris received his bachelor's degree from Hampden-Sydney College where he double majored in Mathematics with a concentration in Computer Science and German. He earned numerous honors for his achievements there including induction into Phi Beta Kappa. While a student at Hampden-Sydney, Chris often tutored other students primarily in Mathematics and related topics. Chris has tutored fellow MBA students in Economics, Statistics and Finance and has tutored several high school students in Mathematics over the years.

Jones

Edward E. Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Edward E. Jones is the facilitator of each of the popular and well attended Train-the-Trainer workshops. A leader in the train-the-trainer field, he is considered to be the field's most experienced and dynamic trainer. He has conducted Train-the-Trainer programs for the American Institute of Banking, Apple Computer, Colonial Williamsburg, Digital, Dun & Bradstreet, General Electric, Mayo Clinic, M.C.I., Pebble Beach Resorts, Procter &Gamble, Walt Disney World and many more. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). On repeat occasions, Ed Jones has scored a perfect "10" evaluation rating from every participant in his workshop.

Meluch

Jeanette (Nettie) Meluch

Jeanette (Nettie) Meluch is an Associate Professor of Management Development at the Robins School of Business. She is involved in ongoing research to discover and test today's best practices in management and leadership, and she consults and trains in the areas of leadership, team development, motivation, communications and Myers-Briggs®. With more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors, she brings a wealth of experience, expertise and insight to her programs. A consistent stand-out in generating results, glowing participant evaluations and insightful follow-ups, Meluch provides education and consultation to successful and innovative regional and Fortune 100 firms.

Piazza

Bob Piazza

Robert R. Piazza worked in Human Resources in various companies for more than 30 years, the last 20 years with Danaher Corporation, a widely diversified, highly acquisitive, global enterprise.  In his most recent role, Bob was Vice President of HR for a Danaher joint venture with Cooper Industries.  Prior to that, he was Vice President of Talent Management for the parent company. 

Bob joined Danaher in 1991 when the company was less than $1 billion in sales; today Danaher’s sales are approximately $13 billion.  Bob has led large and small change initiatives including major integrations of businesses. His experience includes innovative organization and talent development programs that include strategic talent acquisition and development, total compensation practices, and comprehensive communications programs. 

Bob is currently an Adjunct Instructor in the Robins School of Business MBA program and is a Talent Management consultant.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Literature from Pace University, and his Masters in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Raggio

Randle D. Raggio, Ph.D.

Dr. Raggio received his BSBA from the University of Southern Mississippi, his MBA from Vanderbilt University, his MA from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Raggio's research and teaching interests are in the area of marketing strategy. Randy's research includes Branding, Brand Equity, Gratitude, B2B Services Pricing Strategy, and Services Transitions. He has written numerous articles and is published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the Journal of Brand Management, and the Harvard Business Review, as well as several other well-known journals.

Prior to joining the Robins School faculty, he was Assistant Professor of Marketing at LSU. Prior to starting his academic career, he was a computer systems consultant with Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and marketing director for Kidpower, the toy company that produced the original Funnoodle, along with several other toys. He has produced more than 14 television commercials that have appeared on national TV and appeared on QVC three times.  In 2006 he founded and directed the "Louisiana Thanks You!" campaign to help the people of Louisiana express their gratitude for the overwhelmingly generous response to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which spawned his interest in the place of gratitude in marketing.

Randy has received the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) Undergraduate Teaching Award, which is a university-wide recognition of outstanding undergraduate teaching and the President's Volunteer Service Award, presented by President George W. Bush, in recognition of work with Desire Street Academy.

Schnorbus

Roger R. Schnorbus

Roger Schnorbus is Executive-in-Residence and Visiting Professor of Management at the University of Richmond's Robins School of Business, where he teaches courses in Strategic Management and Mergers/Acquisitions at both the undergraduate and MBA levels. Prior to joining the Robins School, Mr. Schnorbus worked for the Campbell Soup Company for 30 years, where he held various managerial positions, including Vice President of Product Development and President/CEO of Mrs. Paul's Kitchens.  While heading Product Development, he was a leader in moving Campbell from a manufacturing based firm to becoming marketing driven.  He holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Shields

Tom Shields, Ph.D.

Dr. Shields is on the faculty at the Jepson School of Leadership Studies and is director of the Center for Leadership in Education at the University of Richmond. He is also co-director of EduLead, a partnership between the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an instructor at the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, teaching in the College and High School Leaders Programs. At the Jepson School he has taught courses on the Political Context of Leadership, Foundations of Leadership, Histories and Theories of Leadership, and Leadership and Analyzing Public Policy. He also has taught leadership courses in the Robins School of Business, the Executive Education department, and the Osher Institute at the University of Richmond and in the Master’s of Information System at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research areas include minority political involvement in the suburbs of the South, youth civic engagement in a democratic society, and turnaround leadership and succession in K-12 education. He has published articles in Academic Exchange Quarterly, Journal of Black Studies and Politics and Policy and has presented at numerous academic conferences across the Commonwealth and nation.  

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with minors in English and Political Science from the University of Scranton, where he was a Special Jesuit Liberal Arts scholar. He holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. During his doctoral work he was the recipient of two distinguished graduate fellowships. In 2006 he was a recipient of the Top 40 under 40 Award from Style Weekly. He was also named a Professor of the Semester Award by the students of the Jepson School.   

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Tom is involved in Virginia politics and policy and community service in the greater Richmond area. His political experience includes work as a legislative assistant for Congressman Bobby Scott. He also was one of the original authors of the mayor at-large proposal for City of Richmond. He sits on several commissions and boards in the greater-Richmond area and served as a member of the Transition Committee on Local Government for Governor-elect Tim Kaine.  

Termini

Michael J. Termini

Mike Termini is the Robins School of Business' project management expert and a nationally known contributor to the discipline. He consults and trains in the fields of strategic planning, supply-side management, strategic project management and numerous engineering and technical disciplines. Mr. Termini conducts over 50 training classes annually for many major universities as well as for his client base of Fortune 500 organizations. He holds an M.B.A. in marketing and finance and a B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Missouri. His book, Strategic Project Management -Tools and Techniques for Planning, Decision Making and Implementation, reached the SME's bestseller list soon after its publication. Mr. Termini is also an active member of Who's Who Among America's Executives.

Thompson

Steve Thompson, Ph.D.

Dr. Steve Thompson is an Associate Professor of Management teaching primarily Management Information Systems. His teaching interests also include decision support technology, systems analysis and design, and healthcare information systems. He holds an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. His research and consulting interests are in the domain of healthcare information systems and using information technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster response efforts. In the domain of healthcare information systems Dr. Thompson has conducted research into issues related to data security and protecting data subjects from threats pertaining to unauthorized statistical inference of confidential information. In addition, he has developed and implemented decision support systems to improve hospital capacity utilization resulting in improved quality of care and significant financial gains. Dr. Thompson’s research has appeared in the proceedings of international academic conferences such as the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS).

Whitaker

Jonathan Whitaker, Ph.D.

Jonathan Whitaker is an Associate Professor in the Management Department of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. His primary teaching areas are Information Technology and Operations Management, and his primary research area is Business Process Outsourcing and Offshoring. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a BA from the University of Southern California. During his time at the University of Michigan he spent some time analyzing data for the Department of Defense. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Prior to his academic career, Jonathan worked 10 years in consulting and professional services with A.T. Kearney and Price Waterhouse, where his clients included Fortune 500 firms Bank of America, DuPont, General Motors, NCR and SuperValu.

Wight

Jonathan Wight, Ph.D.

Jonathan Wight, author and consultant, is Professor of Economics and International Studies at the Robins School of Business. Dr. Wight has demonstrated an expansive, exemplary record of achievements in both domestic and international fields. A highly accomplished professor and author of two books and numerous articles, Dr. Wight frequently makes presentations across the country and around the world. He is a renowned guest speaker and is interviewed frequently by the media on topics ranging from the “State of the Economy” to “Federal Reserve Interest Rate Policies”. Dr. Wight’s recent book, Saving Adam Smith: A Tale of Wealth, Transformation, and Virtue (2002), has been proclaimed as one of the most revolutionary approaches to economics in years. Dr. Wight holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University. He also holds a B.A. in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University.

Williams

Barbara E. Williams

Barbara E. Williams is an international speaker, trainer, and executive coach. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and Business Education and a M.Ed. in Adult Education, Supervision and Administration from VCU. In addition, Barbara is certified in professional negotiation skills from Harvard Law School. With more than 30 years experience in business and education, Barbara has worked as a manager and supervisor in the insurance, banking, and manufacturing industries and has published articles on oral and written communications in magazines and corporate and university publications. In addition, she has provided executive coaching and training and consulting for corporations, manufacturing facilities, hospitals, churches, county, state, and federal government. Barbara is a member of the National Speaker's Association, the Association of Psychological Type, and the Metro Richmond Literacy Council.