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Teresa Coates, Assistant Professor of Management This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Dr. Coates is an Assistant Professor of  Business. She has been teaching strategy, entrepreneurship, and new business development for over decade. Her extensive  consulting experience includes new venture planning for numerous large firms such as Analog Devices,  GE Plastics,  and McGraw Hill.  Emerging technologies,  competence development, virtual teams, and innovation management are her research areas.  She has authored numerous business case studies and several articles on entrepreneurial and innovation strategy.  Dr. Coates has her MBA from University of Minnesota and doctorate from  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Dr. Coates has been teaching for Limestone College since 2012.  

 

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Andrew Cook, Assistant Professor of Management
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Dr. Cook's undergraduate degree is in engineering where he spent 19 years working in the automotive industry.  He has a diverse background with management experience in engineering, quality and production.  Specific quality work includes leadership of QS-9000, Six Sigma and Malcolm Baldrige programs.  Other areas of focus include designing compensation programs and developing new employee orientation / training programs.  He has been teaching at Limestone in the day program (and Internet classes) since 2006.

 

Cusaac_TerranceTerrance Cusaac, Business Administration Preceptor 
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Dr. Cusaac has over 10 years of work experience in Government.  Dr. Cusaac has managed three nonprofit organizations where he oversaw budgets and supervised over 20 employees. He has also held leadership positions with the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Governor's Office. He has over a decade of teaching experience and has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been teaching for Limestone College since 2007.

 

 

faststeveStephen Fast, Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Dr. Fast earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from Virginia Tech.  He has over 20 years experience teaching at colleges and universities.  His specialization in mathematics includes general topology and the philosophy of mathematics.  His side business interests include a commercial cattle farming operation.  His wife and he have five sons whom they home schooled, one of whom is a Harvard MBA graduate.  He has been teaching for Limestone College since 2009.

 

gongyanYan Gong, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
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Dr. Gong's undergraduate degree is in Engineering and her master degree is in Econometrics. Dr. Gong earned her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics and minor in Statistics from North Carolina State University.  She has been teaching for Limestone College since 2008. Her research interests are in the Immersed Interface Methods - numerical solutions of partial differential equations involving interfaces and irregular domains.

 

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Keith Keppley, Assistant Professor of Management This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 Dr. Keppley is an Assistant Professor of Business, who teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate business programs. Dr. Keppley comes to Limestone after serviing as a Lead System Analyst for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Dr. Keppley earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from Pennsylvania State Univeristy, his master's degree in Corporate Communication from Duquesne University, and his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University. Dr. Keppley has been teaching at Limestone College since 2012.

 

 lafrancois_paulPaul LeFrancois, Professor of Economics
Chair, Division of Professional Studies
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Dr. LeFrancois earned his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University.   He has 25 years of teaching and administrative experience at the college level.  Teaching areas include micro and macroeconomics, applied microeconomics, global issues, and economic geography.  He is a founding board member of a statewide  non-profit organization and has served as the president of the organization from 2003 to the present.  His areas of interest include sustainable development, active-living programs and multi-modal transportation systems.  He has been teaching for Limestone College since 1985.

 

nall_penelopePenelope E. Nall, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Finance, and Health Care Administration
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Dr. Penelope Nall holds a doctorate in business with three concentrations: Accounting, finance, and health care administration. She is director of the health care administration undergraduate program and teaches health care administration, finance, and accounting. Dr. Nall has owned her own businesses and comes to Limestone with over 18 years business experience. She has been at Limestone since 2009.

 

Rogers_BarbaraBarbara Rogers, Assistant Professor of Marketing
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Dr. Rogers has nearly 25 years of marketing  experience, mostly in the non-profit realm working for the YMCA, United Way, and adult education.  Her doctorate is from Capella University in Organization and Management with a specialization in Marketing.  She has been with Limestone College since 2006.

 



scharff_michaelMichael Scharff, Associate Professor of Management
Chair, Department of Business & Economics
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Dr. Scharff has over 22 years of business and leadership experience.  After graduation from The Citadel, he was commissioned in the Army and was stationed with the 1st Armor Division, 82d Airborne Division, 18th Airborne Corps, Forces Command, and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). After leaving the military, he spent over 11 years working in several senior management positions in finance and billing for MCI Communications.  Dr. Scharff came to Limestone during the 2005/06 school year and is currently serving as Chair of the Department of Business & Economics.

 

Stoeppler_GabeGabe Stoeppler, Associate Professor of Accounting
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Professor Stoeppler graduated from the City University of New York and then served 18 months in Vietnam as an infantry officer with the 196thLight Infantry Brigade. Prior to teaching at Limestone College he had over 23 years experience in private sector supervisory, management, executive,  and entrepreneurial roles. He is a South Carolina CPA and holds an MBA degree from the University of Dallas, and an MPAcc degree from Clemson University.  He has been teaching for Limestone College since 1992.

 

wtangWenbin Tang, Assistant Professor of Finance
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Dr. Wenbin Tang received his Ph.D. in Economics with fields in Finance and Econometrics, and MA in Economics from the University of Mississippi.  Dr. Tang teaches upper level finance courses at Limestone. He has been teaching for Limestone College since 2008. Before joining Limestone, he taught Business Statistics, Money and Banking, Principles of Economics at the University of Mississippi.  His research interests are in the areas of Financial Markets, Financial Institutions, Corporate Finance, and International Finance.