School of Business

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Mr. Wendell Godwin
Dean of the School of Business
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Mr. Godwin earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from East Central University in 1984 and in 2005 completed the Executive MBA program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After a 26 year professional career that allowed him to live and travel across the U.S., he returned to lead the School of Business in May 2010. He held numerous leadership positions with two Fortune 1000 organizations and most recently held the positions of Area Vice President and Director of Sales for Healthcare. Wendell relocated to Ada in August from Dallas, Texas where he and his family had lived for the past 10 years. As Dean, he is extremely active in the local community, alumni relations, student recruitment and University affairs. Wendell also is an active participant in the School’s business classes providing insight from the business world. He has traveled to China, Japan, Europe, Mexico, and Canada in his career.

Department of Accounting Faculty

Chris Browning
Department Chair
Assistant Professor
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Professor Browning received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from West Texas A&M University in 2004, and is currently ABD in Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University. He has six years of teaching experience, including three at West Texas A&M teaching financial, managerial, and income tax courses, and three at Texas Tech teaching financial planning courses. His current teaching areas are financial and intermediate accounting. Professor Browning has received national awards for his research, which has allowed him the opportunity to present before legislators in Washington, D.C.

Yvette Harjo, JD, CPA
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B.S. Ed., East Central University, 1969
M.S., Oklahoma State University, 1970
J. D., University of Oklahoma, 1984

Adolph Linscheid Distinguished Teaching Professor

Edward Hobbs, CPA
Assistant Professor
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Professor Edward Hobbs is a former graduate of ECU and is now a Professor of Accounting and Taxation in the School of Business. He earned his Master’s in Taxation from the University of Denver in May 1990. His research has been in the field of taxation. Mr. Hobbs is involved with the Accounting Club, and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Ada. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ada Chapter of CPAs. Mr. Hobbs has been featured several times in Taxes Tax Magazine. The courses Mr. Hobbs instructs are Income Tax Accounting, Advanced Income Tax Accounting, Financial Accounting, Accounting Information Systems and Public Tax Preparation. Outside of ECU he enjoys spending time with his family.

Ms. Sonja Hightower

Ms. Sonja Hightower, CPA, CIA, CMA, CGMA, MBA
Instructor, School of Business, Department of Accounting
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Hightower’s experience in business, finance and auditing perfectly fits ECU’s Department of Accounting.

She served as faculty in accounting at Wright Career College and as an adjunct faculty in accounting at Oklahoma City Community College and the University of Phoenix in 2011-12. Her professional experience includes service as Senior Vice President for Internal Audit and Compliance at Vision Bank in Ada from 2007-2010. Previously, she was an Analyst for Mergers and Acquisitions at Baden-Wuerttembergische Bank in Germany before she moved to Ada in 2001.

Hightower earned her Bachelor of Science in Accounting at ECU in 2007 and her Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 2010. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). She also earned a Degree in Banking/Finance in Germany in 1987. Hightower started working on a terminal degree in conjunction with her employment at ECU.

Department of Business Administration Faculty

Charlie C. Jones, JD
Department Chair
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Dr. Charlie C. Jones holds the Crabtree Family Endowed Professorship in the School of Business at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He has taught in the Business Administration Department at ECU since 1986 and 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 years experience managing a small business. He also has served on the board of directors of a small business since 1980. Dr. Jones’ specialty areas are employment law and human resources management. Numerous companies have hired him as a consultant in these areas.

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 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, he is vice president of the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, and he serves on the State Consumer Advisory Council to Oklahoma ABLE Tech.

Ms. Stacey Bolin

Stacey Bolin, MBA
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Stacey Bolin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree from ECU. Ms. Bolin was named the George Nigh award winner and was named to the USA Today All-American Academic Team during her senior year at 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. While attending OU, Ms. Bolin worked in her family’s growing business. Ms. Bolin and her husband successfully added two ATV and UTV lines to better serve the needs of an ever-changing agricultural customer base. In 2008, Ms. Bolin became the sales manager for a six-store, $40 million John Deere dealership servicing eastern Oklahoma. Ms. Bolin actively led and trained a growing sales force, managed seasonal inventory levels, and developed and implemented the corporate marketing strategy. Ms. Bolin and her husband also started, ran, and then sold another business venture.

Ms. Bolin returned to academics in the fall of 2011 ready to share her education and experiences with the students at ECU. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Ms. Bolin leads the youth ministry at Covenant Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Latta. In her spare time, she and her family enjoy cooking, traveling, and outdoor adventures.

Patrick D. "Pat" Fountain, DBA
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Pat Fountain is a Professor of Business Administration and the Service-Learning Director at East Central University. He earned his BS in Business Administration from ECU in 1980. He holds masters degrees in Regional Science from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and in Human Relations and Supervision (Organizational Psychology) from Louisiana Tech University. He holds a Doctor of Business Administration Degree from Louisiana Tech University. His professional experience is mainly in the area of Public Relations including having been employed at ECU as Sports Information Director; Murray State College as the Outreach Coordinator; and by the United States Information Agency at the USA Pavilion at the 1988 World’s Fair in Australia. Dr. Fountain is a past President of the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators and the Ada Rotary Club. He is currently serving as the Treasurer of the ECU Alumni Association and as the Cubmaster of Ada’s Pack 4 and an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 4 where his son, Nathan, is a Scout. He is a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar and a past recipient of the ECU Teaching Excellence Award. In his spare time Dr. Fountain enjoys scouting (over 400 nights of scout camping), traveling and learning about cultures other than his own. He has spent almost four years of his life in Australia and a great deal of time in the Fiji Islands, the home country of his wife Usha. He also spent six weeks as a Visiting Professor at the American University in Paris.

Pamela Jackson, EdD
Associate Professor
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Ed. D.; Oklahoma State University, 1990
M.S.; Oklahoma State University, 1982
B.A.; The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), 1974

Courses Taught:
Business Communications and Report Writing
Computer Business Applications
eCommerce & Marketing for Entrepreneurs
Desktop & Advanced Desktop Publishing
Web Design using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, & Illustrator
Many other courses over the past 23 years

I began my academic career at ECU in 1988 in the Department of Business Education and Office Technology. I transferred to Business Administration a few years ago, and I have taught a variety of courses.

My areas of expertise are Business Communications, Computer Business Applications, and Graphic Design using a variety of professional-level software programs, including InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and Illustrator. I have also sponsored a student organization, served on a variety of university standing committees (including chairing several), and have served as a faculty senator for three terms (six years).

Thomas W. Lanis, PhD
Associate Professor
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Thomas W. Lanis, PhD, is an Associate Professor and the Gene A. Nelson Endowed Chair in Business Administration at The School of Business, East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he also directs the Oscar L. Parker Center for the Advancement of Ethical Standards in Business and Society. He earned his PhD, MBA, and B.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Lanis primarily teaches advanced marketing courses such as Market Research, Professional Selling, Marketing Research, and Promotional Policy in Marketing. Prior to teaching at the collegiate level, Dr. Lanis worked in industry for more than 10 years. His experience includes banking and financial services marketing and promotion, public relations, marketing research, and commercial product marketing and sales. He is an associate with Hanzon Solutions, a Chicago-based consulting firm. Locally, he is a member of the Ada Chamber of Commerce, helping improve the quality of life in the greater Ada area.

Shirley A. Mixon, EdD
Director of Oklahoma Degree Completion Program
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Dr. Shirley Mixon earned her Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Business and an M.S. in Business Education from Oklahoma State University. She earned a B.S. in Business Education from Grambling State University of Louisiana.
Dr. Mixon, a professor of Business Administration, is currently the Director of the Reach Higher Program at East Central University. This is a part of the Oklahoma Degree Completion Program. This Program is designed to increase the number of college graduates in the state of Oklahoma. She is also the Higher Learning Commission Acting Self-Study Director at ECU. This position involves preparing for reaccreditation through the Higher Learning Commission.

In 2010 Dr. Mixon was selected to serve on the executive board of the Oklahoma Women in Higher Education. She is the secretary for this state organization and also represents ECU at all OKWHE meetings. During her tenure at East Central University, Dr. Mixon has held the position of Department Chair and the Parker Ethics Professor. Additionally, she continues to serve on numerous committees, conduct workshops, and give presentations.

James Rauch, PhD
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Rauch grew up in St. Paul, MN and 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, and was an assistant professor at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota where he taught finance. Dr. Rauch has a wife, two daughters, and a son.

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 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.

Zhimin Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Zhimin Wang received her Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 2008. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Management of International Enterprises from Hebei University of Economics and Business, China, in 1997 and a Master of Management in Financial Management from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China, in 2003. Dr. Wang worked as a financial supervisor in Shanghai Securities Co., Ltd during 2003-2004.

Dr. Wang’s research interests are in corporate finance and investments. Her current research focuses on difference between U.S.-based multinational corporations and U.S. domestic corporations in terms of management efficiency and financing cost.

Dr. Wang’s teaching interests are in finance and economics. She has taught Principles and Problems of Economics, Microeconomics, Financial Management, Commercial Bank Management, Money and Banking, and Investment Analysis and Management.

Hongkai Zhang, DBA
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Dr. Hongkai Zhang has taught statistics and operations management courses at ECU for more than ten years. He received a Doctor of Business Administration degree from Louisiana Tech University. He is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute. His research interests include mathematical programming applications and stochastic modeling of capacity allocation issues in manufacturing and service organizations. Since joining ECU in 2000, he has authored/coauthored more than twenty 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, Applications of Management Science (Editors: K. D. Lawrence & R. K. Klimberg) and other research publication outlets.

Adjunct Faculty

Ashley Boyles
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I am an East Central University graduate, class of 2003. I earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration with concentrations in both Management Information Systems and Marketing. I am a full time employee of the Chickasaw Nation where I have been for a more than 6 years. In my current position as the Business Solutions Manager, I oversee all custom application development and third party application implementation. I have worked in the Information Technology industry for 11 years. During my Information Technology career, I have had the privilege of serving as a system administrator, program developer and a database administrator. My professional certifications include the title of a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

On a personal note, I was born and raised in Marlow, Oklahoma where I was a member of the 1999 graduating class. Nine years ago I married my high school sweetheart, Wade Boyles. He is also a graduate of East Central University. He was a member of the ECU Football team and I was a member of the Chi Omega sorority. In 2007 Wade and I were blessed with a son, Brock, who is now 4 years old. My husband is presently a coach and teacher in the Ada School System; Brock attends Pre-K. Sports are a very big part of our lives, our family enjoys nothing more than going out and supporting our East Central Tigers.

Bridget Forshay, MBA
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Ray Ingram, MBA
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BA University of North Texas (double major History and Political Science), MBA University of Missouri and 2100 Hours of electronics training in advanced ground radar and missile guidance systems while serving 12 years in USAF.

Worked in state and federal government, a multi-national corporation, and 29 years as independent businessman.

Teaching Goal: To use my many years of various work related experience to teach “real world” business. I tell my students BTDT (been there, done that).

Kurt H. Jackson, PhD
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Vicky Petete
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