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Executive Education Faculty

A few of our experts:

Innovation Processes
Roy Glen (Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University)
Emeritus Professor of Management

A native of England, Glen began his career working in organizational development for Rolls Royce in Derby and Unilever in Cheshire. He has served on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Willamette University’s Graduate School of Management, and most recently at Boise State University. Glen specializes in strategic change, organizational learning and the design thinking process. He has run programs for companies such as Xerox, Hewlett-Packard, Heinz, J.R. Simplot Company and numerous state and federal agencies.

Continuous Process Improvement
Patrick W. Shannon (Ph.D., University of Oregon)
Professor, Former Dean, College of Business and Economics

In addition to teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Boise State University’s College of Business and Economics since 1974, Shannon consulted in the areas of business statistics, quality management, lean manufacturing, project management, and quality improvement for over twenty five years. Listed among his consulting clients are Boise Cascade Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, PowerBar, Inc., Potlatch Corporation, Woodgrain Millwork Inc., J.R. Simplot Company, Washington Group International, Boise City, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, Zilog Corporation, Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho Tax Commission, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and numerous other public and private sector organizations. Shannon has co-authored eleven university level textbooks and has published numerous articles in such journals as Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, Business Horizons, Transportation Research Record, Interfaces, Journal of Simulation, Journal of Production and Inventory Control, and Quality Management Journal.

Decision-Making Methods to Minimize Business Risk
Phillip Fry (Ph.D., Louisiana State University)
Professor of Operations Management

Fry specializes in utilizing Excel spreadsheet modeling to forecast growth and minimize the risk of business decision-making. Since 1988 he has taught MBA and undergraduate courses in the Boise State Business School. In addition to business decision-making, his research and teaching interests include operations management, business statistics, demand forecasting, supply chain inventory management, and supply chain transportation issues. Fry provides seminars and consulting for numerous companies, among them Boise Cascade Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, J. R. Simplot Company, United Water of Idaho, Woodgrain Millwork, Idaho Power, Boise City and Micron Electronics. He has co-authored university level text books and his research has appeared in the European Journal of Research, the Decision Science Journal of Innovative Education and the Production and Inventory Management Journal.

Paul Bahnson (Ph.D., University of Utah)
Professor of Accounting

A licensed CPA with over 20 years of teaching experience, Bahnson has taught graduate, working professional, and undergraduate courses in financial accounting and financial statement analysis. His professional experience includes public accounting with Deloitte and Touche and substantial consulting in the area of public corporate filings for firms such as Wellington Management, Credit Suisse/First Boston, Alliance Capital Management and Ziff Brothers. He has taught numerous seminars for Western CPE, a leading provider of continuing education for CPA’s and other companies. Along with Paul Miller he writes a bi-weekly feature column called the “Spirit of Accounting,” for Accounting Today that discusses controversial technical and ethical issues facing the profession. Bahnson’s writing, which is dedicated to exposing limitations in corporate financial reporting practices, includes numerous articles published in professional and academic journals.

Harry White (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)
Professor of Finance

Originally trained as an economist, White has become an expert in the field of corporate finance. His specializations are in financial analysis, forecasting and budgeting, determining ROI for projects, and optimizing capital structures. A regular teaching award winner, White has run programs for numerous local companies including Albertsons, Micron PC (now MPC), MCMS, MotivePower, and the J.R. Simplot Company. His research has been published extensively, including articles in Financial Management; the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking; and the Journal of Multinational Financial Management.

Marketing and Sales
Shikhar Sarin
(Ph.D., University of Texas)
Professor of Marketing

Shikhar Sarin is the Kirk and Marsha Smith Professor of Marketing, and a former associate dean of the College of Business and Economics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering (Bangalore University), a master’s degree in electrical engineering (The University of Texas at Austin), and a Ph.D. in business administration (The University of Texas at Austin). Prior to moving to Boise State University, Sarin was the Robert and Irene Bozzone Chair of Management and Technology at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY. Professor Sarin specializes in marketing strategy, innovation and new product development, electronic commerces, and marketing of high-tech products. His consulting and executive education clients include General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Dell Computers, Lockheed Martin, Lucent, Micron Technology, Schlumberger, Sprint, 3M, Albany International, Grainger Industrial Supplies and United Technologies among others. Sarin’s research has been published in such prestigious venues as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Decision Science, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Marketing Theory and Practice, Engineering Economist and Marketing Science Institute monographs. Sarin serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Product Innovation Management, Industrial Marketing Management and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. He has received research awards from the American Marketing Association and the Product Development and Management Association. Sarin is also an award winning instructor, with teaching awards and commendations from three different universities: The University of Texas at Austin, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Boise State University.

Marketing Theory and Practice, and Decision Science
Kirk Smith (Ph.D., University of Houston)

Kirk Smith holds a bachelor of mechanical engineering and an MBA from Colorado State University. He earned his Ph.D. in marketing from The University of Houston. Prior to joining academia, Smith’s decade-long work career centered on the successful turnaround to profitability for two companies. He specializes in marketing strategy, professional selling, and sales management and has consulted for numerous companies in town including Extended Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Stellar Dynamics and WRC Advertising. He has won teaching awards at both the University of Houston and Boise State University. Smith has published research in the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Industrial Marketing Management and the Journal of Marketing for Higher Education.

Business Communication
Patrick Delana (Ph.D., Claremont Graduate School)
Business Communication

Patrick Delana is the coordinator of Business Communication at Boise State University. He has taught in the BUSCOM program since 1996 and joined the faculty full-time in 2005. He also provides presentation coaching services in the Executive MBA program as well as the MBA Upgrade program. Prior to joining the faculty full-time, Delana worked for POPULUS, a marketing research firm that served national clients including The Corporate Executive Council, Darden restaurants and Motorola. He has provided consulting and copy-writing services to Washington Group International, Hewlett Packard, Cooper Norman CPAs, Syringa Networks and Temel, Inc/ZETA Interactive.