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Dean, Ketner School of Business

jayabraham.jpgJay Abraham


  • DEAN, Ketner School of Business
  • M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., Brown University



EricHake.jpgEric R. Hake, Ph.D.

Office: KH 212

Phone: (704) 637-4293

  • Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Ketner School of Business
  • Professor of Economics
  • B.A., Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Dr. Hake joined Catawba in 2010. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Hake is Secretary to The Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE), an international organization of economists and other social scientists devoted to analysis of economics as evolving, socially constructed and politically governed systems. AFEE publishes the Journal of Economic Issues (JEI).

- Macroeconomics
- Monetary Theory
- Economic History



stephenhiatt.jpgStephen R. (Steve) Hiatt, Ph.D.

Office: KH 313

Phone: (704) 637-4103

  • Professor of Management
  • B.S., Brigham Young University
  • M.B.A., Ph.D., Arizona State University

- Management
- Operations Management
- Strategic Management
- Small Business Management
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Associate Professors

FrancisFarina.jpgFrancis Farina

Office: KH 325

Phone: (704) 637-4421

  • Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Director of the Institute of Business & Accounting
  • B.S.B.A., Suffolk University
  • M.B.A., George Washington University
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Perennially upbeat Frank Farina shares that he can "find humor in almost any situation and comment liberally!" This dual profession practitioner, who is both a CPA and an attorney at law, is particularly interested in fraudulent financial accounting and reporting and audit failure. "As a teacher of potential CPAs," he says, "it is important to impress upon them the professional standards they need to follow and the consequences if they don’t." If he could be someone else, this self-styled rock and roll expert, would like to be "the head of music programming for Pandora, Sirius or some other specialty broadcast station."


JamieSlate.jpgJames Wesley (Jamie) Slate, Ph.D.

Office: KH 302

Phone: (704) 637-4407

  • Associate Dean for External Affairs & Marketing
  • Associate Professor of Economics
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • B.A., Economics, Christopher Newport University VA

- Microeconomics
- Business & Economics Statistics
- Environmental Economics
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PamThompson.jpgPamela L. (Pam) Thompson, Ph.D.

Office: KH 310

Phone: (704) 637-4323

  • Associate Professor of Information Systems
  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Information Systems
  • M.B.A., James Madison University
  • B.B.A., James Madison University, Management Information Systems

- Applications Programming
- Networks and Telecommunications
- Web Design
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michellewoodhouse.jpgMichelle Woodhouse
Office: KH 302
Phone: (704)645-4501

  • Associate Professor of Business
  • M.B.A., Baruch College
  • B.S., Norfolk State University
  • Ph.D., Western Michigan University
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Assistant Professors

Jeff-Bowe.jpgJeffrey Bowe, D.B.A
Office: KH 209
Phone: (704) 637-4463

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies
  • Director of School of Evening and Graduate Studies Partnerships
  • D.B.A., Marketing, Anderson University
  • M.B.A., Indiana University
  • B.A., DePauw University
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"Sales is the lifeblood of any business, and done well, can create more revenue and opportunity for the business than the shareholders ever imagined. Today's new hires are tomorrow's leaders, so knowing how and where to recruit is a critical long term strategic success factor. Hiring the right potential and then training them in the right relational approach is what will help grow our economy for the next millennium." Read More »


KenClapp.jpgDr. Kenneth W. Clapp
Phone: (704) 637-4446

  • Senior Vice-President and Chaplain of the College
  • Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
  • Director of Catawba's Lilly Center for Vocation and Values
  • B.A., Catawba College
  • M.Div., Yale University
  • D.Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary
  • Post-doctoral study, Harvard University

- Business Ethics

Dr. Kenneth Clapp has many responsibilities at Catawba, from campus chaplain to Senior Vice-President in the campus administration to part-time teacher in the Religion & Philosophy department, and he has now been selected to be the Director of the Lilly Center for Vocation and Values at Catawba. He is also deeply involved in the lives of students on campus. Read more »


yangibson.jpgYan S. Gibson, CPA, MMPA

Office: KH 321
Phone: (704) 637-4406

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • M.M.P.A., University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • M.A., East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China
  • B.A., Shanxi Teacher’s University, Shanxi, China

reneejust.jpgDr. Renee A. Just

Office: KH 303
Phone: (704)637-4291

  • Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Experiential Development (CEED)
  • Assistant Professor of Business
  • B.B.S., Albertus Magnus College
  • M.A., University of New Haven
  • Ph.D., Capella University

DarinSpencer.jpgDarin Spencer, CPA, Ph.D.

Office: KH 319

Phone: (704) 637-4441

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • B.S., M.Acc., UNC-Charlotte
  • M.B.A., Pfeiffer University
  • Ph.D., Northcentral University

- Accounting Principles
- Advanced Accounting
- Managerial Finance


Lecturers & Instructors

Dr. Kenneth Bandy
Office: KET 337
Phone: (704) 637-4787

  • Visiting Instructor of Management and Marketing
  • Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • M.A., University of Denver
  • M.A., Dallas Theological Seminary
  • M.B.A., Texas A&M University-Commerce
  • B.A., Cedarville University

June McDowell-Davis, M.B.A.
Phone: (704) 637-4772

  • Lecturer in Marketing
  • B.S., M.B.A., High Point University

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Angelia Bates

Phone: (704) 637-4405

  • Administrative Assistant for the Department of Mathematics and the Ketner School of Business

Angelia serves as administrative assistant for the Ketner School of Business and the Department of Mathematics.

Special Mentors

bryanapplefield.pngMr. Bryan Applefield

Applefield, a college trustee and a 1966 alumnus, has been hailed as having "substantial leadership experience in business and a long-term commitment to Catawba College as an alumnus and a trustee." Applefield is passionate about Catawba delivering to its students and is fully committed to the mission of the institution.


Mr. Claude B. Hampton, Jr., D.B.A

  • Adjunct Professor in Business
  • Executive Vice-President, Nabisco Brands USA (Retired)
  • B.A., Catawba College
  • M.S., Syracuse University
  • Graduate study, Harvard Business School
  • D.B.A. (honorary), Catawba College.

RalphKetner.jpgMr. Ralph W. Ketner, D.B.A

  • Adjunct Professor in Business
  • Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Food Lion, Inc.,
  • B.S., Tri-State University
  • D.B.A. (Honorary), Catawba College

Mr. Ketner attended school in Salisbury, graduating from Boyden High School in 1937. After Boyden, he enrolled at Tri-State College in Angola, Indiana in 1937.



AlCarter.jpgMr. J. Alvin Carter, MBA
Office: KH 336
Phone: (704) 637-4406

  • Associate Professor Emeritus of Business

  • B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • M.B.A., Georgia State University


jackgreen.jpgJohn Boyd (Jack) Green, Jr., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Marketing
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Business Studies, University of Warwick (Coventry England)
  • M.B.A., Marketing, SUNY-Albany
  • B.S., Business Administration, Providence College