Retirements, Promotions, and New Hires Highlight Faculty Changes This Spring

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May 30, 2019

Professor John LeBlanc (Management) finished 20 years of teaching at Cedarville this spring, which included time as the Chair of the Department of Business Administration. John is famous for his colloquial sayings, and we will certainly miss them (and him!). But he isn’t going too far, and we expect to see him frequently next year with some possible teaching and other continuing support roles.

Dr. Bill Ragle (Finance) was promoted to full professor this year. Dr. Ragle is a fixture in the finance program, and mentors the students in the student managed investment fund in the Key Banc Trading Room. Bill is eminently worthy of this promotion, so make sure and drop him on note on this accomplishment.

Dr. Phoebe Tsai (Information Technology Management) was promoted to Associate Professor and granted tenure this year. Dr. Tsai is a highly valued colleague who continues to be one of the SBA’s most productive researchers, and she is well-deserving of both her tenure and promotion. Congratulations, Phoebe!

And, we welcomed two new professors to the SBA this year:

Dr. Daryl Smith is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and has a Ph.D. in Human Resource Management from the University of Washington. Dr. Smith is a real utility player, teaching stats, operations management, international business, and human resource managemnt, with his servant’s heart on display with exceptional student mentoring. Dr. Smith served in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot for 24 years, and formerly taught at the Air Force Academy, Cincinnati Christian University, and Mount St Joseph University.

Dr. Rick Prigge received degrees from Arizona State University, including his Ph.D. in construction management. Prior to coming to Cedarville, he taught at Arizona State, Cal Baptist, and Air Force Institute of Technology. Rick also owned his own construction business, building multi-million dollar homes in Arizona and California. Rick teaches management courses and is also part of the emerging entrepreneurship effort.

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