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Director, The Professional MBA Program
Professor of Accounting

Dr. Strickland received her BS from Methodist University (then Methodist College) in 1995 and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1997. In 2011, she completed the Doctor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in accounting from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to coming to Methodist University in 2002, she worked as an accountant and then accounting manager for 17 years in industry and public practice. Professor Strickland is Chair of the Education Committee for the American Accounting Association Government and Not-for-Profit Section, and serves on the NC Association of CPA's Governmental Accounting and Auditing Committee. Her research interests are in local and state government accounting and auditing. Professor Strickland has received several awards including the NCACPA Outstanding Educator Award (2012), The R.L. Sosnowski Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor (2012) and the Methodist University Annual Award for Excellence in Academic Advising (2012).


M.S., D.M.
Assistant Professor of Health Care Administration

After 40 years as a senior health care executive with some of the country's largest not-for-profit and for-profit health care systems, Dr. Don Brady joined Methodist University as an Assistant Professor in fall 2013. Dr. Brady served as a senior administrator for Duke University Health System, Parkview Health of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tenet Healthcare based in Palm Springs, California, and the Harbin Clinic of Rome, Georgia. While serving as a health care administrator, Dr. Brady taught part time for Duke University, Indiana Wesleyan University, Shorter University and Westwood College. During his career, he has owned and published a small town newspaper, a state-wide magazine, and a book publishing firm. According to Dr. Brady, "I teach because I love to teach and students who participate in my classes are prepared for successful careers."


Chair, Financial Economics and Marketing
Associate Professor of Economics

Matt Dobra holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from Monash University, and a B.A. in History from Loyola University, New Orleans. His primary research interests lie in the field of public economics, political economy, and resource economics.


M.S., M.B.A.
Director, Resort and Club Management
Assistant Professor of Business Administration

O. Z. Hamzah is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Reeves School of Business and Director of the Resort, Club and Hospitality Management program. He holds an MBA and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke. Since 1988, he served as an adjunct lecturer at four North Carolina community colleges and universities. His managerial experience spans over 29 years in the hospitality and the private country club fields. Operations management, systems modeling and business technology assessment are his main research interests. His teaching philosophy focuses on engaging the students and empowering them to be active participants in the design of his course content and delivery.


Ph.D., CPA
Professor of Accounting
Nimocks International Professor of Business

Dr. Kirchner earned her B.A. at the University of Alabama, M.A. from the University of Iowa, and M.Acc. and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Dr. Kirchner has worked primarily in corporate accounting, finance, and international business. She is the Nimocks Endowed International Business Professor. In 2013, Dr. Kirchner received the Methodist University Professor of the Year award. Her research is international in scope in the areas of cross-cultural business behavior and performance, wage differentials, and accounting for derivatives. She leads study-abroad and service trips including her annual study abroad to Lake Atitlan in Guatemala.


Associate Professor of Marketing

J-D Knode is an Associate Professor of Marketing at Methodist University and teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. J-D earned his B.S. and MBA degrees at Salisbury University and his doctorate at the University of Baltimore. His current research interests are in the areas of mobile and web enabled commerce, communication, and education. Topics include marketing technologies, mobile technologies, artificially intelligent technologies and agents, social media, e-commerce, and emerging technologies.


Professor of Business Administration and Financial Economics

Dr. Lin is a Professor of Business Administration in the Reeves School of Business and Economics. Dr. Lin joined the Methodist University faculty in 1988 and is tenured. Dr. Lin holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in Economics and Statistics. His undergraduate course load includes Managerial Economics, Business Statistics, Management Science, and Microcomputer Business Applications. He has taught similar courses at the graduate level as an adjunct professor for both regional universities and accredited online programs. Among Dr. Lin's recent research presentations is a paper entitled "Global Economy: The Trends and Issues" at the Chinese-American Academic and Professional Association Annual Conference in 2002.


Chair, Health Care Administration
Professor of Health Care Administration

Dr. McDonald is an internationally recognized educator, consultant and practitioner. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Health Care Administration, Professor of Health Care Administration, School of Health Sciences, Methodist University, located in Fayetteville, NC, and the Chief Executive Officer of McDonald and Associates, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to the optical industry and related professions. He is a Registered Optician in the State of North Carolina, and serves as a consultant to a number of ophthalmic and general health care organizations in the areas of staff development and training, practice management and specialty contact lenses. His academic background includes undergraduate degrees in Opticianry and Management. He holds graduate degrees in Health Care Management, Education and the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences, as well as a number of professional certifications, including the prestigious Master of Ophthalmic Optics, and Advanced Certification in Contact Lenses from the National Contact Lens Examiners. He is a member of the Class of 2005 at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University.


Chair, Accounting, Business Administration, and Management
Associate Professor of Accounting and Business Administration

Professor Pelham is a North Carolina CPA and a Florida attorney. She worked in public accounting after graduating from Texas Lutheran University in 1992 and then returned to school in 2000 for her law degree. After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2003, she worked for a large Orlando law firm. She then started her own firm, where she focused on family law and special education law. Currently, Professor Pelham is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Methodist University, teaching accounting as well as business law, both at the undergraduate and MBA level.


Dean, Reeves School of Business
Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Scruton is currently the Dean of the Reeves School of Business. She received her undergraduate degree from West Liberty University, her graduate degree from Central Michigan University and her doctorate from Shenandoah University. Prior to coming to Methodist University, Dr. Scruton served as Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach, Assistant Athletic Communications and Marketing Director and Interim Athletic Director and Vice President for Development at Shenandoah University. In her research, Dr. Scruton focuses on topics including management, leadership, motivation, gender studies, town and gown relationships, non-profit and for profit organizational dynamics, organizational culture, job satisfaction, decision-making, higher education, cooperative and intentional learning communities, intercollegiate cross-gendered coaching and athlete perceptions. Dr. Scruton has several publications including two books; her most recent Practical Decision-Making for Non-Profit Managers: A Case Study Approach was published in 2014 by Taylor and Francis.


Director, Legal Studies
Associate Professor of Legal Studies

Wendy Vonnegut received her BA from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and her Juris Doctrine from Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. She is President of the Southern Association of PreLaw Advisors and currently serves on the board of directors for the Child Advocacy Center of Cumberland County. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Small Business Center at Fayetteville Technical Community College.