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B&E welcomes 15 new faculty

B&E Welcomes 15 New Faculty This year, the College of Business & Economics has welcomed 15 new faculty members to the B&E family. Their backgrounds are geographically and educationally diverse, they have a wide range of work and life experiences and they come to us from excellent schools. 

“We are very happy and fortunate to have these talented new professors coming in,” said Jose “Zito” Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean. “It’s a diverse group covering multiple disciplines like economics, accounting, global business and supply chain, and I’m counting on them to help us continue building quality and visionary programs.”

Meet the new faculty: 

Pedro Bento, Assistant Professor of Economics 

Pedro Bento,

Bento’s area of expertise is macroeconomics, particularly the effects of government policy on competition, innovation and productivity across nations. He took a road less traveled to academia, spending five years pursuing a career as a rock star before ever enrolling in university. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Toronto, and is excited to work with the economics faculty at B&E.

Ednilson Bernardes, Associate Professor Supply Chain 

Ednilson Bernardes

Bernardes is excited to join B&E because of the impending development of a supply chain management program. A pilot who is passionate about aviation and air space, Bernardes is an expert in sustainability, configuration, risk and disruption in supply chain networks and innovation. He received his Ph.D. in management from the University of Minnesota, and has three degrees from universities in Brazil.

John Deskins, Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the BBER 

John Deskins

Deskins’ research has focused on U.S. state economic development, small business economics, and government tax and expenditure policy. His work has appeared in outlets such as Public Finance Review, Small Business Economics, Public Budgeting and Finance and State Tax Notes. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Tennessee. Deskins joins the B&E family from Nebraska, and is an avid banjo player who is excited to get into the West Virginia bluegrass scene.

Usha Haley, Professor of Management, Director of the Robbins Center for Global Business

Usha Haley,

Haley has been selected as the inaugural director of the Robbins Center for Global Business, which will support research, education and outreach activities related to global business and strategy focusing on G-20 countries. Haley, who has lived and worked on four continents, joins WVU from Auckland, New Zealand. Her research focuses on the Multinational Corporation and international strategic management, particularly in Asian and emerging markets. She has more than 200 publications and presentations under her name and enjoys collecting antique Persian rugs.

Joshua Hall, Associate Professor of Economics

Joshua Hall

Hall joins the faculty after receiving his Ph.D. from B&E’s economics department. Dr. Hall's areas of interest include applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on economic freedom, state and local public finance and entrepreneurship. In addition to being the author of more than 50 articles in journals such as Journal of Economic Behavior and OrganizationJournal of Public Administration, Research, and Theory, Contemporary Economic Policy, and Southern Economic Journal, he is co-author of the widely-cited Economic Freedom of the World annual report.  He is a former economist for the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

Theresa Hilliard, Assistant Professor of Accounting 

Theresa Hilliard

Hilliard joins the accounting department with expertise in international financial reporting standards, financial, auditing, nonprofits and taxation. She’s particularly excited to work with the faculty team for the research opportunities in fraud and forensic accounting. She holds a Ph.D. in business administration from Georgia State University.

Kip Holderness, Assistant Professor of Accounting 

Kip Holderness

Holderness earned his Ph.D. from Bentley University after receiving both an M.S. and B.S. in Accountancy from Brigham Young University. His teaching interests include accounting fraud, auditing and managerial accounting and his research interests include accounting fraud, asset misappropriation, earnings management and deceptive communication. In his free time, Holderness enjoys beekeeping.

Brad Humphreys, Associate Professor of Economics 

Brad Humphreys

West Virginia native Humphreys is excited to join the same economics department where he received his bachelor’s degree. He actually holds two bachelor’s degrees from B&E (one in business administration and one in economics) and two degrees from Johns Hopkins University (his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics.) His area of interest is sports economics, which focuses on the impact that professional sports teams and facilities have on local and regional economies. While at WVU, Humphreys was a member of the Pride of West Virginia, the Mountaineer marching band, and he has marched in every WVU homecoming parade since 1987.

Chas Koermer, Marketing Teaching Assistant Professor 

Koermer teaches the writing requirement course of business communication. His teaching passions include written and oral communication, intercultural communication and organizational communication, in which he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is excited to join the faculty of B&E for the opportunity to be back in the Mountain State.

Susan Lantz, Marketing Teaching Assistant Professor

Susan Lantz

Lantz holds her B.A. and M.A. in English and is currently a doctoral candidate in the WVU English Department. Her passion is teaching college students, which she has been doing at WVU since 1992. She has served the University in a number of capacities, including at the College of Education and Human Service, the Office of the President, the Division of Student Affairs and the Division of Human Resources. She was awarded the 2011 Mary Catherine Buswell Award, presented by the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns, for her service and efforts to the advancement of women at WVU and in the greater Morgantown community. She has two young twin sons who keep her on her toes.

Brian Lego, Research Associate Professor of Economics and Forecaster for the BBER 

Brian Lego

Lego is a two-time graduate of WVU who has experience working in private sector economist roles for trade associations in the Washington, D.C. area and (now known as Moody’s Analytics.) His research interests include analyzing housing policy, studying the interaction of housing and local economic growth, and developing regional economic indicators. He is excited to play a leading role in the growing Bureau’s economic forecasting and impact analysis research.

Mark Nigrini, Assistant Professor of Accounting 

Mark Nigrini

Nigrini’s interests include forensic analytics, which is the use of statistical tests to detect fraud, errors, biases and estimates in corporate and public sector data. He is currently finishing a new book called “The Employee Fraud Pandemic”, which includes 18 case studies on occupational fraud. Nigrini holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Eric Olson, Assistant Professor of Economics 

Eric Olsen

Olson’s areas of interest include macroeconomics, monetary policy and financial economics. He holds three degrees - his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. - in economics from the University of Alabama. He has had coauthored articles published in journals such as the Journal of Macroeconomics and the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities like skiing, scuba diving and camping.

Jane Ruseski, Associate Professor of Economics, BBER Associate Director 

Jane Ruseski

Ruseski received her Ph.D. in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. Some of her current research focuses on the individual determinants of healthy behaviors, primarily participation in physical activity and sport, the effect of health behaviors and leisure activities on health outcomes, and health disparities. She has published in several journals Contemporary Economic Policy, Health Economics, Southern Economic Journal, BE Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Journal of Sports Economics, International Journal of Sport Finance, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, and Journal of Socioeconomics.

Li Wang, Marketing Teaching Assistant Professor 

Li Wang

Wang is originally from Beijing, China but is glad to be at B&E, where she has previously served as an adjunct professor. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, both from Ohio University. Her areas of interest include organizational settings, positive deviance, diffusion of innovations and digital communication. She teaches business communication and honors introduction to business.