Two New Department Chairs and New Faculty and Staff Join College
The College of Business continues to attract faculty who excel in teaching and research bringing their expertise into the classroom. We are pleased to welcome the following:
New Department Chairs
Dr. Terence Pitre
Dr. Terence Pitre joins the College as the new chair of the Accounting and Information Systems Department. Receiving his Ph.D. in Accounting from Michigan State University, Dr. Pitre previously served as the Allen Lenzmeier Professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Minnesota State University. His research interest includes financial disclosure issues and their impact on investor’s decision-making processes. Dr. Pitre is also an associate editor of the journal Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research.
Other accomplishments include the 2012 Accounting Behavior and Organizations Sections Best Paper of the Year and Deloitte Faculty Fellow, 2013-14. In his previous position, he served on the college diversity committee in collaboration with Department of Institutional Diversity, department of accounting representative for AACSB reaccreditation committee, and INROADS internship program.
Dr. Bill Sawaya
Dr. Bill Sawaya, assistant professor at BGSU, is the new chair of the management department. Dr. Sawaya joined BGSU in 2012, coming from Texas A & M University as an assistant professor. Dr. Sawaya replaces Dr. Amelia Carr who returns to the classroom and is serving as director of the Supply Chain Management Institute.
Accounting & IS Department
Michael Good is a new full-time faculty member in information systems. He has been an adjunct with the College of Business since 2013 and has nearly 20 years of experience as an information technology professional. He earned an MBA and an undergraduate business degree, specializing in MIS, from BGSU. He is currently working on certification as a professional ethical hacker.
Applied Statistics & Operations Research Department
Ms. Muge Capar also joins the department as a full-time instructor. She earned her master’s in operations management from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, along with a master’s in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Capar earned certificates in Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner and UA/SAS Date Mining.
Dr. Randal Rair
Dr. Randal Rair joins the College as an instructor in the ASOR department. He recently completed his Ph.D. in Evaluation and Measurement from Kent State University. He has an educational leadership master’s from Ashland University. Prior to his academic career, he served in several administrative and teaching roles at secondary schools and high schools. Dr. Rair has published and presented numerous papers.
Dr. Shuchismita “Shuchi” Sarkar
Dr. Shuchismita “Shuchi” Sarkar recently earned her Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. She is an accomplished professional with six years of experience in credit risk. Her research interests are in statistical modeling and data analysis using different statistical & segmentation tools like SAS, SQL, Knowledge Seeker and FICO based risk management solution TRIAD. Dr. Sarkar has been a Teaching Fellow at Nazarbayev University in Astana with professional experience at State Farm, Kellogg’s, and American Express.
A graduate of the master’s program in math at BGSU, Ms. Jennifer Stuart, joins the department as a full-time instructor. She earned her graduate degree in May and her undergraduate degree in math, summa Cum Laude, from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She already has experience teaching statistics courses at BGSU.
Dr. Yuhang Xu
Dr. Yuhang Xu joins the College of Business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he was an assistant professor since 2016. His research interests include non-parametric and semi-parametric statistical methods, functional data analysis, survival analysis, and measurement error. Dr. Xu earned his Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University and earned statistics degrees from The University of Georgia and East China Normal University.
Dr. Walter Ryley
Walter Ryley (ABD) is joining the Department of Economics as a faculty member and is no stranger to BGSU. He earned his Master of Arts in Economics and BA in Economics from BGSU. He is completing his Ph.D. in Economics from Wayne State University, where he served as a Rumble Fellow.
Ms. Kristin Forman is the new administrative assistant for the Department of Finance. Her previous professional experience was as a school counselor.
Ms. TiMikko Sanders has joined the Office of Undergraduate Student Development as a senior secretary. Sanders was a secretary with the BGSU Counseling Center and prior to BGSU worked for the Perrysburg School District in accounts payable.
Ms. Sandra Smetzer is the new senior secretary for the Paul J. Hooker Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Previously Smetzer was the secretary for the Theatre and Film Department at BGSU.