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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.
Jennifer Edmonds, Ph.D.
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.
Mehran C. Ferdowsian, M.S., D.M.
Dr. Ferdowsian teaches Business Administration with concentrations in ethics and business excellence. He has 30 years of demonstrated and progressive international industry experience at Intel Corporation (U.S., Malaysia, Costa Rica, and China) and as a business owner (Grenada, W.I.). This experience includes IT/factory automation; workforce, organization, and leadership development; and staffing/employee integration. He has received 19 division/outstanding awards at Intel Corporation and published 64 peer-reviewed technical/non-technical papers. Among his publications are “The Handbook of High-Performance Virtual Teams” and “Ethical Solutions—Creating an Ethical and High-Performing Business Community.” Dr. Ferdowsian earned a doctoral degree in Management from the School of Advanced Studies at University of Phoenix, an M.S. in Applied Information Management from University of Oregon, and a B.S. in Computer Science from Oregon State University.
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.
June Hanson, CPA, MBA
Professor Hanson serves as instructor of Accounting and Finance. She earned her MBA from the University of Oregon and undergraduate degree in business from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the business education community, she worked at various computer startups including one that went public. She started and sold several small businesses including a franchise. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has spent over ten years in government working as a senior auditor in internal, compliance, federal project finance, and revenue auditing. She is currently in private practice providing consulting services on financial and accounting issues. Her teaching passions include helping students apply finance, technology, and accounting theory to make better business and personal decisions.
Raymond Hopkins, D.B.A.
Dr. Hopkins earned his doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University’s H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University at Fullerton and a Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University at Los Angeles. Prior to joining the business education community, he worked as a contract administrator at The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona. He aims to help students develop and sharpen the marketing skills they and their firms need in today’s competitive marketplace. Dr. Hopkins has taught classes in International business, international marketing, and managing cultural awareness. Dr. Hopkins’ research interests include marketing, supply chain management and international business. He has published in various refereed marketing journal
Marianne M. Rexer, Ph.D., CPA
Dr. Rexer is the Robert S. Capin Professor of Accounting in the J. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership. She previously taught at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island and practiced public accounting in Boston, MA with a national firm. Dr. Rexer actually comes back to Wilkes University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She followed that degree with a MS in Taxation from Bryant University, and a Ph.D., in Accounting from Drexel University.
A widely published author of papers and articles on auditing and teaching methods, Dr. Rexer brings to Wilkes a wealth of teaching and professional experience. Her public accounting experience in auditing allowed her to concentrate in health care and real estate while developing the skills necessary to train future auditors. Research in auditing and teaching methods was a natural evolution and Dr. Rexer has since authored articles and books on auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, health care auditing, and online teaching.
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 the 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.