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Meet the Faculty

Nicholas Fessler, Accounting Professor at the University of Central Missouri

Accounting
Nicholas Fessler, nfessler@ucmo.edu
Fessler, an Associate Professor of Accounting, obtained his Ph.D. from Indiana University. Fessler has been at UCM since 2005. He teaches Controllership and Treasury Function, ACCT 5105.

The focus of his course is value creation and measurement. Students analyze company operations, its industry and economic environment, along with financial statements and models, to complete the valuation process. Students use Bloomberg Professional® Service, the industry-leading platform for news data, analytics and research.

Pauline Ratnasingam, professor of CIS at UCM

Computer Information Systems
Pauline Ratnasingam, ratnasingam@ucmo.edu
Ratnasingam, an Associate Professor of CIS, received her Ph.D. from Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Retnasingam came to UCM in 2003. She teaches Information Management Systems, CIS 5605.

The purpose of this course is to engage students in direct experiences tied to real-world business problems and situations via role playing. The MyMISLab software enables students to work in groups on video and simulation exercises. Students apply team-building, problem-solving, critical-thinking and reflective skills in order to learn the concepts taught in class.

Glenn Dutcher, professor of econ at UCM

Economics
Glenn Dutcher, dutcher@ucmo.edu
Dutcher, an Assistant Professor of Economics, obtained his Ph.D. from Florida State University. Dutcher started teaching at UCM in 2013. He teaches Economic Analysis for Business Decisions, ECON 5005.

In his class, students work on a project where they apply concepts from the class to a real-world problem or question. For example, with his guidance, a prior student was able to put together a project that implemented a change resulting in a 10-20 percent increase in productivity at their firm.

Jose Mercado, Finance Professor at the University of Central Missouri

Finance
Jose Mercado, mercado@ucmo.edu
Mercado, a Professor of Finance, received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. Mercado has been at UCM since 1988. He teaches Controllership and Treasury Function, FIN 5805.

Mercado incorporates real-life assignments into the class projects that emphasize fundamental skills used in a corporate environment. The main focus of his course is value creation and measurement. Students analyze the operations of a company, its industry and economic environment, along with financial statements and financial models, to complete the valuation process. Students have access to Bloomberg Professional® Service, the industry-leading platform for news data, analytical tools and research.”

Yue Cai-Hillon, professor at the University of Central Missouri

Management
Yue Cai-Hillon, cai-hillon@ucmo.edu
Cai-Hillon, an Associate Professor of Management, received her Ph.D. from New Mexico State University. Cai-Hillon started teaching at UCM in 2007. She teaches Strategic Management and Marketing, MGT 5305.

At the master's level of business education, students should develop a deeper level of critical-thinking and decision-making skills. To do so, students must engage in building an open-systems knowledge base about the world we live in and gain specific applicable skills to capture future opportunities. During the semester, students not only conceptually learn about performance management strategies but also have the opportunity to partner with small businesses to practice these skills.

Chris Opatrny, professor of Management at the University of Central Missouri

Management
Christine Opatrny, opatrny@ucmo.edu
Opatrny, a Professor of Management, obtained her Ph.D. from Kent State University. Opatrny came to UCM in 2002. She teaches Strategic Management and Marketing, MGT 5305.

Opatrny uses an educational method referred to as Discovery Learning. The class discovers together how to define and evaluate corporate social responsibility and sustainability relative to a company’s corporate strategy. The class includes many interactive workshops on various strategic CSR and sustainability topics. Then, the class develops clear criteria for their own strategy CSR and sustainability workshops.

Charles Schwepker, MBA program facluty at the University of Central Missouri

Marketing
Charles Schwepker, schwepker@ucmo.edu
Schwepker a Professor of Marketing, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Memphis. Schwepker has been at UCM since 1992. He teaches Strategic Management and Marketing, MKT 5405.

Schwepker combines his insights from business research and practice to bring theory to life for students. As such, his course provides students an opportunity to learn marketing theory and apply it to develop their marketing skills. Upon learning the principles necessary to develop sound marketing strategy, students develop a marketing plan for a new business idea or a small business client of their choice.

Harry Harmon, MBA program faculty, accredited MBA program

Marketing
Harry Harmon, harmon@ucmo.edu
Harmon, a Professor of Marketing, received his D.B.A. from Louisiana Tech University. Harmon came to UCM in 1992. He teaches Strategic Management and Marketing, MKT 5405.