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Frank Rudisill Frank Rudisill Headshot
Dean and Professor, Management

Dr. Rudisill received his Ph.D. in management science from Clemson University. He joined the USC Upstate faculty in fall 2002 and served as associate dean of the College from fall 2008 thru spring 2011. After eight months as interim dean, Dr. Rudisill was named dean of the College in March 2013.

Dr. Rudisill teaches in the areas of management, operations management, statistics and business strategy. He has over 25 years of experience in industry as a statistician (Duke Energy), operations research manager (Milliken & Co) and statistical quality consultant (with national and international companies). He was also the lead partner from USC Upstate in working with BMW Manufacturing to develop the USC Upstate/BMW Academic Outreach Camp for high school students. His research interests focus upon applying quality tools and techniques in solving industrial problems. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Production and Inventory Management, Quality Engineering, Quality Progress, International Journal of Production Economics, Interfaces, and Strategic Finance. He is the co-author of a book, Quality Management and Measurement Systems.

Michael Cipriano HeadshotMichael Cipriano
Associate Professor, Accounting

Dr. Cipriano earned his MBA at the University of Iowa and his PhD at the University of South Carolina. His research agenda addresses the effectiveness of both auditors and analysts whom market participants rely on to improve the quality of publicly-available information. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Cipriano worked as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche in Chicago. He was initially licensed as a CPA in Illinois in 1994 and currently holds a CPA license in South Carolina.  

Elizabeth Cole Elizabeth Cole Headshot
Associate Professor, Accounting

Dr. Cole joined the faculty in 2007. She earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from Kent State University. Before joining USC Upstate, she was an assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  


Chase Dehan HeadshotChase DeHan 
Assistant Professor, Economics 

Dr. DeHan has received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in economics from the University of Utah.  He teaches courses on international, monetary, and financial economics.  His primary research field is on the ability of financial markets to facilitate economic growth in developing countries.  Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. DeHan served in the United States Marine Corps. 

Michael Dinger
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Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. Dinger received a Ph.D. in Management from Clemson University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Presbyterian College. His research interests include information security, IT workforce management and absorptive capacity. He teaches in the areas of strategy and human resource management. 


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Alan Duesterhaus
Instructor, Nonprofit Leadership

Dr. Duesterhaus joined the faculty in 2011 as an adjunct instructor; and began as a full-time Instructor of Nonprofit Leadership in the fall of 2012. Dr. Duesterhaus earned his doctorate in higher education administration from Vanderbilt University and completed a post-doctoral bridge program in management and marketing at the University of Florida prior to joining the faculty. Before coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Duesterhaus worked in higher education administration for 20 years, including service as vice president for advancement for two colleges. In addition, Dr. Duesterhaus has served on a number of non-profit and civic organization boards. He teaches in the areas of management, marketing, and nonprofit leadership. Research interests include brand management, the marketing of higher education, and leadership in nonprofit settings.  

Rebecca Goessel HeadshotGoessel, Rebecca 
Instructor, Accounting

Becky Goessel earned both her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and her Master of Professional Accounting from Clemson University. She is a certified public accountant (CPA) as well as a chartered global management accountant (CGMA).With more than 19 years of experience, Becky Goessel has a strong background in big four accounting, auditing, financial analysis, month-end closing, financial reporting, corporate budgeting and management reporting. She remains active in the business community serving on a board of directors as well as promoting financial literacy education.

Charles Harrington HeadshotCharles Harrington

Dr. Harrington received a bachelor's degree and Ph.D. from Ohio University and a master's degree from Drexel University. He teaches statistics. With publications in such journals as the Journal of Management and Organizational Studies, the Journal of Entrepreneurship Education and the Journal of Economics, Finance and Banking, Professor Harrington’s research interests include human resource development, management and leadership strategy, entrepreneurship and minority business innovation. Prior to joining the faculty in the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business, he held the rank of professor at the University of North Carolina Pembroke and the University of Southern Indiana.

Jim O'Connor Jim O'Connor Headshot
Assistant Professor, Management

Dr. O'Connor has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and master’s degrees in statistics and in management, all from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a doctorate in management from Georgia State University.

Dr. O’Connor joined the faculty full time in 2008 and teaches primarily in the areas of operations management, operations improvement and statistics. His research interests include operations improvement and environmental sustainability strategies. Dr. O'Connor has served as vice president of operations, plant manager, director of quality and process engineering manager for such companies as Fuji Film, Printpack and BBA Fiberweb. Dr. O’Connor is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and consults with companies on operational performance and quality improvement.    

Rosalind Paige HeadshotRosalind Corieri Paige
Associate Professor, Marketing

Dr. Paige earned her Ph.D. from Iowa State University and teaches international marketing, marketing research and consumer behavior. Dr. Paige has also served as Associate Dean of the Johnson College of Business and Economics on the  Greenville Campus. Before joining USC Upstate, Dr. Paige was on the faculty of the University of Tennessee where she guided master's and doctoral students. Her research interests focus on tourism marketing and have taken her on projects in Thailand, China, Russia, South Korea and Mexico. Dr. Paige has published in peer-reviewed journals such as "The Journal of Small Business Management," "The Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship," "The Journal of Promotion Management," "The Journal of Vacation Marketing" and "Services Marketing Quarterly."

Mark Pruett Mark Pruett Headshot
Associate Professor, Management

Dr. Pruett joined the faculty in 2010. He earned a PhD in strategic management from the University of Illinois, and MBA and B.S. degrees from the University of North Carolina. Prior to joining USC Upstate, he taught at Appalachian State University. His teaching and research interests include management, entrepreneurship, and creativity/innovation.

Charles S. Reback
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Associate Professor, Economics

Dr. Reback joined the Upstate faculty in 2005. He received a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Clemson University, an M.S. in Finance from Boston College, and a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include economic and financial history and the capital markets implications of managerial decisions.  


Sarah P. Rook Sarah Rook Headshot
Professor, Economics

Dr. Rook received M.E. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from North Carolina State University. She teaches macroeconomics, microeconomics, and statistics. Her research interest is environmental economics.


Rob Routman
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Assistant Professor, Business Law and Tax

Mr. Routman joined the faculty in 2007. He earned a Juris Doctor and Master of Taxation from Georgia State University. Before joining USC Upstate, he was the Senior Associate Council for MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority).



Brian Smith
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Senior Instructor, Information Management Systems

Mr. Smith received a Master of Management Information Systems degree from Georgia College and State University. A former IT Manager and Certified Novell Engineer, he teaches Management Information Systems.


Jeff Smith
Instructor, Management

Jeff Smith HeadshotMr. Smith earned a MBA from the University of South Carolina and teaches classes in entrepreneurship, finance and accounting. In addition, he has 20 years of experience in the accounting, banking and the real estate development sectors, and has owned and operated several small businesses. Academic interests include valuations, emerging business and social enterprises, change and efficiencies in higher education and student debt. Mr. Smith instructs the Johnson College’s New Business Enterprise class, in which students combine all the business and economic principles exposed through the bachelor curriculum to develop practical and realistic business plans for start-up business and social enterprises. The combined impact of businesses initiated and implemented from these student plans by students, is sales over $50 million annually and employment exceeding 300 individuals, primarily in the upstate region of South Carolina.

Elnora Stuart
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Associate Dean
Professor, Marketing

Dr. Stuart joined the faculty in 2008. She earned a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of South Carolina. Before coming to USC Upstate, Dr. Stuart was a visiting professor of marketing at the Instituto de Empressa in Madrid, Spain. She has also served as professor of marketing, BP Egypt Oil Professor of Management Studies, marketing unit head and AACSB Accreditation Coordinator for the Department of Management at the American University in Cairo in Cairo, Egypt.   

Faruk I. TanyelFaruk Tanyel Headshot
Professor, Marketing

Dr. Tanyel received an MBA from Syracuse University and a D.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Tennessee. He teaches marketing, economics and business policy. He has served as the assistant dean and chair of the School of Business Administration and Economics. Professor Tanyel's research and consulting interests include management development, export, import, and marketing. He has completed a faculty internship position with Remington Company, and was the director of management training for the National Education Foundation. 

No image availableJulie Wade 
Instructor, Management

Julie Wade received her master’s degree in marketing at Clemson University and is completing her final year in Clemson’s doctoral program in Management Information Systems. Her research focuses primarily on individual behavioral responses to information technologies in a post adoptive context and how social media profiles influence HR hiring decisions. She teaches in the areas of IS Strategy and Management.   

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an, Professor of Management
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