Finance and Economics Faculty

David Fehr - Associate Professor

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David Fehr came to SNHU in 1998. Prior to teaching at SNHU, he was the CEO of BioMorphics Group, Inc. and the co-founder, president, and chief executive officer of Argyl Associates, Inc. Fehr is an associate professor of finance in the School of Business. He served as the director of the Center for Financial Studies from 2001 to 2010, and is involved in all aspects of SNHU's stock trading room, including program development and event planning, press/media, and outreach.

Fehr teaches courses in corporate finance, capital budgeting and financing, financial derivatives, and seminar in finance.

Fehr received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Lafayette College in 1971, his Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Rochester in 1971, and his All but Dissertation in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977.

Fehr’s research and publications appear in journals including the Journal of Economics and Finance Education, Journal for Economic Educators, and the Journal of Business Cases and Applications.

Gary Tripp - Associate Professor

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Dr. Gary Tripp has been with SNHU since 1996 and previously taught in the Department of Economics at The College of the Holy Cross.

Tripp received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Nichols College, his Master in Arts in Economics from Pennsylvania State University and his Doctor of Philosophy from Clark University.  His areas of academic interest include macroeconomics and public finance. Tripp's teaching responsibilities at SNHU include graduate-level economics and finance courses. He has also served as chairperson of the Department of Finance and Economics since 1999.

Tripp is a member of the American Economics Association and the American Finance Association.

Publications include, Tripp, G. (2005). "Balance of Trade of the United States" (2nd edition) Encyclopedia of Business and Finance.

Gregory Randolph - Associate Professor

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Dr. Gregory Randolph has been an assistant professor of economics at SNHU since 2007 and is the academic coordinator of the 3Year Honors Program. Randolph was a 2010 SNHU Excellence in Teaching nominee. His primary research field of interests includes public finance, public choice, entrepreneurship theory and Austrian economics.

Randolph’s articles have appeared in numerous publications including Economics and Politics, Public Finance Review, and Constitutional Political Economy. Randolph received 3rd place in the 2008 Independent Institute Essay Award for his piece, ''Who Took the Rights out of Human Rights: An Analysis of Property Rights as Human Rights.''

Randolph received his Bachelor of Science in Finance from Grove City College in 2003, his Master of Arts in Economics from West Virginia University in 2005 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from West Virginia University in 2007.

Mahboubul Hassan - Professor

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Dr. Mahboubul Hassan joined SNHU in 1985 and is a professor of Finance and Economics. Prior to SNHU, Hassan was an assistant professor at the Institute of Business Administration, Dhaka University, Bangladesh. Hassan worked as a consultant for UNICEF and as a program officer for the United Nations Development Program.

Hassan received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, his Master of Business Administration in Finance from Dhaka University, Bangladesh, his Master of Arts in Political Economy from Boston University and his Doctor of Business Administration in Management from Nova Southeastern University, Florida.

In 2000, Hassan received SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He was nominated in 2000 for an Edie’s Award (NH’s Excellence in Teaching for Higher Education).

Hassan has numerous publications and presentations including, ''Food Security and Climate Change in Bangladesh'' (with Ahmadul Hassan, Anushila Mazumder and Tamim Al Hossain) to be presented at Climate Change Seminar in 2012; ''Efficacy of Policies and the Claremont Lawsuit in the State of New Hampshire,'' presented at the Oxford Round Table, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, England, July 2007; and ''Trade Balances, Economic Growth and Linkages to Multinational Business Foreign Direct Investment to Asia'' (with Massood Samii), presented and included in the Proceedings of the Academy of International Business Northeast 2001 Conference at the University of Scranton, PA, June 2001.

Hassan is a member of the Academy of International Business. An active member of the community, he received the State of New Hampshire Dr. Martin Luther King Peace Award in 2007.

Michael Tasto - Dept. Chair, Associate Professor

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Dr. Michael Tasto is an assistant professor of finance and economics. His primary research field of interest is urban and regional economics.

Tasto has been an Excellence in Teaching Nominee at SNHU in 2009 and 2010. He received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from St. John’s University in 2001, his Master of Arts in Economics in 2006 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics in 2007 from Georgia State University. Tasto has given numerous presentations and published journal articles including a co-authored article in Economic and Politics, ''Special Interest Group Formation in the US: Do Special Interest Groups Mirror the Success of their Spatial Neighbors?'' His current research projects include examining the spatial analysis of competition by states to recruit firms and the median voter hypothesis using non-parametric estimation.

Tasto is currently a member of the Urban and Regional Economics Association, the National Tax Association and Association for Prive Enterprise Education.

Shaikh Hamid - Professor

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Dr. Shaikh Hamid is an associate professor of finance and economics. Hamid taught at Northeastern University, Boston University and the University of Dhaka before joining SNHU in 1999.

Hamid received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, a Master in Business Administration from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and a Doctor of Business Administration in Finance from Boston University.

Hamid's professional memberships include the American Society of Business and Behavioral Sciences, the Eastern Finance Association, the Financial Management Association International, the Midwest Finance Association, and Editorial Board, Journal of Business and Economic Studies.

Journal articles include Hamid, S., Michel, a., Shaked, I. (1992). Protecting Confidential Information: What Works? ''Commercial Lending Review,'' 7(2). Presentations include Dhakar, T., Hamid, S., 33rd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Economics and Finance, "Behavior of Consumer Price Index,'' Houston, TX. (February 2006).

Steven Gallaher - Associate Professor

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Dr. Steven Gallaher received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1990, his Master of Business Administration in Finance in 1999 and his Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from University of Texas at Austin in 2011.

''Advertising and Mutual Funds, From Families to Individual Funds" by Steven Gallaher, Ron Kaniel, and Laura Starks was awarded the TCW Best Paper Award, 2010 China International Conference in Finance. (July 7, 2010).

Gallaher is a member of the University Committee on the Faculty and is the chairman of the School of Business Curriculum Committee.

Steven Widener - Associate Professor

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Dr. Steven Widener joined SNHU in 1987 and is an associate professor of finance and economics.

Widener received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Xavier University, his Master of Arts in Economics and his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics/UNH.

Widener is a member of the American Economics Association and has served as the faculty advisor for the Economics Finance Association since 1990.

Widener's presentations include, Widener, S. (Presenter Only), Workshop on options trading, ''Using index options to increase leverage and risk,'' The Economics and Finance Association, Southern New Hampshire University. (October 2004-12).

William Gillett - Dean of School of Business

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William Gillett, J.D., came to SNHU in 2010 after spending the first 25 years of his career in international business and the law. Immediately prior to joining SNHU, Gillett served as president of RiverStone Resources, an international insurance and reinsurance organization specializing in the management of large, long-tail liabilities, where he was responsible for its overall strategic direction and new business acquisitions. Gillett brings a wealth of business and international partnerships, many formed as managing director for RiverStone’s European division.

Gillett holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.

Gillett is also an active participant in New Hampshire's business and philanthropic communities including New Hampshire Public Radio, the International Institute of New England, the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the New Hampshire Writers' Project.