Dr. Bill Lightfoot brings to the table over 15 years of global senior leadership experience, including seven years overseas in multicultural organizations. He most recently served as Managing Director of Village Inc. Africa, where he developed a new business model for driving economic development in rural communities. He has also served as Dean of Brenau University’s College of Business and Mass Communication and as Associate Dean of Graduate Programs, Institutional Advancement, and Strategic Planning at the International University of Monaco.
Dr. Lightfoot earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University before moving on to earn his MBA in General Management from the University of North Carolina. He also earned his Ph.D. in Organization and Management from Capella University and possesses a CCMP (Certified Change Management Professional) Certificate from the Association of Chance Management Professionals.
MA, PhD, International Finance, The Ohio University, Max Fisher College of Business, 1988-1992
MS, Finance, Istanbul University, 1986-1987
BS, Operations Research and Statistics, ME, Technical University, 1979-1984
Southern New Hampshire University, 1998-Present
Rochester Institute of Technology-College of Business, 1995-1998
Istanbul University, School of Business Administration, 1993-1995
Azerbaijan State University of Economics, 2017
Augsburg University of Applied Sciences Blue Chip Lectures on Finance, 2015-Present
Harvard Summer School, 2006-Present
US Business School at Prague, 2004-2006
Dr. Bülent Aybar is a professor of international finance and the Director of Ph.D. Program at SNHU. Dr. Aybar's main teaching and research interests are in international corporate finance, international business and emerging markets. His current research work includes empirical analysis of various aspects of emerging market multinationals, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and risk management in Emerging Market context. His doctoral level teaching focuses on seminars in Multinational Corporate Finance Economic Reform and Growth in Emerging Markets.
Dr. Aybar is an active researcher and frequent participant in academic and professional forums in his field. His publications appeared in refereed journals such as Emerging Markets Review, Journal of International Business Studies and International Review of Financial Analysis. Dr. Aybar is a member of Academy of International Business, European International Business Academy and European Finance Association. Dr. Aybar regularly serves as a referee for journals such as International Journal of Emerging Markets, Emerging Markets Review, Journal of International Business Studies, International Business Review, Journal of World Business, European Management Review, Thunderbird Review of International Business and Journal of Banking and Finance. In addition to his teaching at SNHU, Dr. Aybar also regularly lectures in several short-term graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad such as Harvard Summer School Economics Program and Augsburg University of Applied Sciences International Business and Finance Program. Dr. Aybar is also a Fulbright US Scholar.
Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions
FX Risk & FX Risk Management
Emerging Market Multinationals
Corporate Finance in Emerging Markets
International Equity Issues, ADRs and ETFs
Risk/Return Characteristics and Valuation of MNCs
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.
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.
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).
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.
Dr. Bo Liu is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Southern New Hampshire University. He holds an LL.B. at School of Law from Peking University in China before he earned his M.S. in International Business from SNHU. He also received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is bilingual, fluent in both English and Mandarin. He teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, International Economics, Public finance at SNHU.
His research interests focus on the interaction among Environmental Economics, Labor Economics, Urban Economics, and Behavioral Economics. His current research projects include blending environmental, economic in an examination of the connection between climate change and labor productivities and a filed experiment to examine the Dunning-Kroger Effect in the intro-level Economics classes. His research has been published in the Journal of Urban Economics and Southwestern Economics Review.
Dr. Greg Randolph is a Professor of Economics at Southern New Hampshire University. He received his bachelor's degree in finance with an economics minor at Grove City College in Grove City, PA. He completed his Ph.D. in economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.
His primary research field of interest is public economics. Greg's current research projects include examining the impact of federal regulations, evaluating the criminal justice system, and exploring the use of media to teach introductory economics courses. Previous research projects include examining the voter initiative process, special interest group activity, and price discrimination. Recent publications include articles in the Journal of Institutional Economics, Business and Politics, and Economics and Politics. He is also the co-editor of Entrepreneurial Action, Public Policy, and Economic Outcomes (Edgar Elgar, 2014) and Public Policy, Productive and Unproductive Entrepreneurship (Edward Elgar, 2017) with Robert Salvino and Michael Tasto.
Jolan Rivera first joined SNHU as assistant professor of Community Economic Development (CED) from 2006 to 2011, teaching courses in project design, project planning and implementation, project monitoring and evaluation, development economics, organizational analysis and social research. He rejoined SNHU as a lecturer at the School of Business in 2019. His teaching experience includes undergraduate economics at the University of the Philippines Baguio, community development policy at the University of New Hampshire and diversity and social justice, as well as community organizing and development at Merrimack College.
Outside of academia, Jolan has worked with a number of national and international NGOs in the United States, United Kingdom and the Philippines. In the US, he has conducted collaborative, academic and action-oriented research, participatory planning, organizational analysis and program evaluation. Topics for his research include cooperative housing, food cooperatives, asset accumulation, responsible parenthood and community-based crime prevention. He has substantial experience providing training and consulting services to nonprofit and community-based organizations, and completed his Ph.D. in CED at SNHU in May 2006.
PhD, State University of New York
MBA, Western New England University
BS, University of Hartford
Southern New Hampshire University, 1988-Present
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992-2007
Harvard University, 1987-1990
Boston University, 1987-1988
Massood Samii is professor of International Business and the director of Institute for International Business at Southern New Hampshire University. Previously he directed the Ph.D. program and chaired the International Business Department. He was a senior lecturer at MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1992 to 2007. Earlier, he was with the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he did research on global energy and oil markets. He served OPEC Secretariat in Vienna Austria for several years as a senior economist and the head of the finance section. During his tenure at OPEC, he was involved in a numerous projects including OPEC Long Term Strategy and Oil Pricing Strategy.
Dr. Samii has also directed numerous projects for the U.S. Department of Education. In 2004, he was recognized by the Governor of State of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire International Trade Association (NHITA) for outstanding contribution to the State's International Business and Trade. He is a member of the Advisory Board of Governor Office of International Commerce (OIC) and of the Texas A & M International University Ph.D. program. In addition, he has done numerous executive training and consulting internationally.
Dr. Samii has lectured and published widely on issues of energy, economic development, risk analysis, and international business. His articles have appeared in the journals of Energy Policy, Energy and Development, OPEC Review, Petroleum Management, the International Trade Journal, and Thunderbird International Business. He was an official observer representative to the IMF Interim Committee, World Bank Development Committee, and UNCTAD Trade and Development Committee. He is on the editorial board of a few International Journals. His books titled International Business and Information Technology and Foundation of Global Business: A System Approach. His area of research includes Risk Analysis and Management, Foreign Direct Investment, International, International Business Strategy, Dynamic Strategy, and International Oil and Energy Market.
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.
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.