I started out as an Aeronautical Engineer after Graduating from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and took a position as an Aerospace Engineer in Propellants with NASA at Cape Canaveral. I was in the firing room when we launched Neal Armstrong and the crew to the moon. Since I was the youngest engineer I got to do all the hazardous stuff simply because I could run the fastest. I received my Masters in Business Administration from Florida State University while working at NASA and when the Apollo program was terminated I decided to complete my doctorate at Florida State University. After receiving my doctorate I taught for the University of North Dakota and from there Curt Strube recruited me for the position at Drury which I have had for the past 26 years.
I now teach finance courses at Breech but I have taught in other areas while at Drury. My publishing research interests regard the control of the costs of healthcare but my passion is working with firms and governments regarding financial and management concerns. I was fortunate to obtain four Fulbright Scholarships which allowed me to work and teach for over two and a half years in Slovenia and the former Yugoslavia republic. The work with the Slovenian Minister of finance concerning the valuation of firms, privatization, performance evaluation, and establishing capital flows really helped me to understand the pragmatic application of theory.
Working with firms and governments transitioning to a free market has been the greatest challenge as there were no text books available. I have been fortunate to teach and consult for extended periods of time in: Russia (3 times), Helsinki (2 times), Slovenia (many times), Croatia (many times), Australia (3 times), Poland (3 times), Czech Republic, and Bosnia Herzegovina.
Having instructors that actually have industry experience assists student learning by demonstrating how to pragmatically apply the theory in the text books. This allows students to think critically in solving problems. Having a fine set of tools is only useful if you know how to effectively and skillfully utilize them.
The study abroad requirement definitely sets Breech apart. Americans have a propensity to think that the American way is the only way. After visiting other cultures students are able to compare and contrast mores, cultures and the various ways of conducting business. Study abroad provides a very useful tool in allowing Breech students to think critically by allowing them to look at the impact of culture and to be able to critically evaluate another viewpoint.
Breech students would benefit by examining the theory that they are being exposed and to see how that theory applied to their past behavior. Extrapolating that learning into future experiences will provide the student a set of tools that can be used to choose between alternatives.