The Business Department teaches students both theories and methods, as well as the broader social and historical perspectives of business practices in accounting, finance, marketing, and management.

Business: Faculty and Staff

Business: Faculty and Staff


Dee Birnbaum. 1991. B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook; M.B.A., Baruch College; M.Phil. and Ph.D., City University of New York. (General management, human resource management.)
Pamela H. Church. 1988. Director, M.S. in Accounting Program. B.S. and M.S., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Houston. CPA. (Accountancy.)


Kayla D. Booker. 2015. B.B.A., M.P.A., Ph.D., Jackson State University. C.P.A. (Accountancy.)
Sujan M. Dan. 2013. B.Tech, Kerala University, India; M.S., Ph.D., Texas A&M University. (Marketing.)
Denis Khantimirov. 2015. B.A., North Ossetian State University, Russia; M.B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Ph.D., Old Dominion University. (Marketing.) 
Jade O. Planchon. 2012. B.A., Rhodes College; M.B.A., Columbia University. 2018. Ph.D., University of Memphis. (Finance.)
Kelly P. Weeks. 2015. B.A., Rhodes College; M.A. and Ph.D., The University of Memphis. (Management.)
Andrey Zagorchev. 2013. B.S., M.S., Plovdiv University, Bulgaria; M.B.A., Wright State University; Ph.D., Lehigh University. (Finance.)


Jill P. Giles. 2014. B.S., Alfred University; M.B.A. and Ph.D. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. CPA. (Accountancy.)
Milton L. Lovell. 2003. B.S., J.D., University of Mississippi. LL.M., New York University School of Law. CFO and General Counsel, NexAir, LLC. (Accountancy, taxation.)


Margaret O. Lovell. 2017. B.A., Spring Hill College; M.S., Mississippi State University. C.P.A. (Accountancy.)


Joe M. Duncan. 1963  B.A. Rhodes College;  1966  LLB Vanderbilt School of Law;  Member of Burch, Porter & Johnson Law Firm since 1966. (Ethics.)
Andy Greer. 2007. B.A. Rhodes College, 2008. M.S. Accounting. 2010. Masters in International Business. The Grenoble Graduate School of Business. CPA.  Vice President, Mortgage Warehouse Lending Group - First Tennessee Bank. (Accountancy.)
Chris Nunn. 2010. B.A., M.S., Rhodes College. Chief Financial Officer, Security Bancorp of Tennessee, Inc. (Accountancy.)
Tread Thompson.  2016.  B.A., Vanderbilt University; M.S., Rhodes College.  Senior Associate, SouthernSun Asset Management.  (Finance.)
Steve Zatechka. 2018. B.S. and M.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.B.A., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center; Chief Science Officer, US Biologic. (Entrepreneurship.)


Mary Gayle Wilkins. 2018. Departmental Assistant. FedEx, Senior Executive Assistant to Chairman/CEO: TASCO and Ring Container Technologies.


The Department of Business offers a major in Business. There are two tracks within the Business major: General Business and International Business. In addition, an Interdisciplinary major is offered in Economics/Business.

Master of Science in Accounting. A more concentrated study of accounting may be undertaken in the M.S. in Accounting Program offered by the Department of Business. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in the Department of Business and/or have taken the appropriate accounting courses can finish the requirements of the M.S. in Accounting degree in two additional semesters of study.

Honors in Business

Honors in Business

  1. Meet requirements for a major in Business.
  2. Business 495-496.
  3. A substantial research paper in an area of special interest to the candidate.
  4. An oral examination on the research paper.

All honors students must meet eligibility criteria established for the Honors Program.

Requirements for a Major in Business

Requirements for a Major in Business

General Business Track

A total of forty-eight (48) credits as follows:

  1. Business 241, 243, 351, 361, 371, 486.
  2. Economics 100.
  3. Economics 290, or Math 111, or Psych 211
  4. Math 115, 116 or 121.
  5. Two courses from one of the following areas and one course from one of the remaining areas:

a. Accounting: Business 341, 342.
b. Finance: Business 452, 454.
c. Management: Business 463, 466, 467.
d. Marketing: Business 472, 473, 474.
e. Business 481.
f. Business 483.
g. Business 484.   

      6.  Recommended: Business 460; Philosophy 206; Computer Science 141, 142; Interdisciplinary 240.

International Business Track

A total of forty-eight (48) credits as follows:

  1. Business 241, 243, 351, 361, 371, 486.
  2. Economics 100.
  3. Economics 290 or Math 111.
  4. Math 115, 116, or 121.
  5. Three courses from: Business 454, 463, 473, 483; Economics 310 (Econ310 is not offered every year)
  6. Foreign Language proficiency in or completion of course of study in a modern foreign language (through the 202 level).
  7. Recommended: Business 460; Philosophy 206; Computer Science 141, 142; Interdisciplinary 240.


Requirements for a Minor in Business

A total of twenty-eight (28) credit hours as follows:

  1. Business 241, 243, 351, 361, 371.
  2. Economics 100.
  3. Economics 290 or Math 111.