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AUM College of Business is committed to supporting our students’ pursuits of excellence in the various areas of business by providing programs in Accounting, Finance, General Business, Human Resource ManagementInformation SystemsManagement, and Marketing.

It is our mission to prepare students for successful careers by providing quality educational opportunities utilizing dedicated faculty, stakeholder collaboration, and small class sizes.

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Students of the Month

Christian GrubbsChristian Grubbs
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a man wearing glasses and smiling at the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – November 2022

Christian Grubbs is the AUM College of Business Student of the Month for November 2022. He is a Senior majoring in Finance. He joined AUM in Spring 2021 as a transfer student from Central Alabama Community College. At AUM, his goal is to take classroom learning and implement it in real life.

Christian earned a spot on the Dean’s List in Spring 2022. He is an active member of the National Society for Leadership and Success. Since May 2022, he has been working as an intern with the Auto Owners Insurance Montgomery. After graduating in December 2022, he will join Northwestern Mutual for their post-graduation program.

He is very grateful for the faculty and staff at AUM. He credits AUM for creating wonderful opportunities such as networking events along with an experiential and application-based learning environment.

Christian’s advice to fellow students: “Time management is a great tool that helps you succeed different classes at the same time. Keep an open mind and have a comprehensive view about everything! AUM is a place that helps you to come out of your shell and ace it.”

Lauryn BeckhamLauryn Beckham
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a woman smiling for the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – October 2022

Lauryn Beckham is the AUM College of Business Student of the Month for October 2022 representing the School of Accountancy’s MAcc program.

Lauryn will not only graduate in December but will likely have passed all four parts of the CPA exam by early next year. She is the Comptroller at AES Mechanical Services Group in Tallassee and will continue in that role after graduation.

Lauryn lives with her husband Philip, her son Andrew, 3 cats, and 2 dogs in Tallassee, Alabama. She also wants to shout out to her parents, Mike and Deirdra Durham, as well as her grandfather, Gene Gantt. She is thankful for all of the love, support, and encouragement she has received from her family during her studies.

She is also very grateful for the faculty and staff at AUM and the doors that AUM has opened for her. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from AUM and will soon earn her master’s degree in Accountancy.

Sadie GrahamSadie Graham
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a woman smiling for the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – September 2022

Sadie Graham is the AUM College of Business Student of the Month for September 2022 representing the School of Accountancy.

Sadie is an accounting major who will have a big December this year as she will not only be graduating from AUM with an accounting degree but she also is getting married!

She is currently an intern for the Alabama Department of Revenue and plans to stay with the Department after graduation.

Her parents are Gary and Cathy Graham from Wetumpka Alabama.
Sadie is a member of the Accounting Club, Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma & the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Congratulations Sadie for all of your accomplishments. The College of Business is proud to feature you as the Student of the Month!

Rimsha ShahiRimsha Shahi
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a woman smiling for the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – December 2022

Rimsha Shahi is a student in the Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MSMIS) program and expects to complete her degree in December. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, she came to the United States for her college education. After earning her undergraduate degree at Troy University, she chose AUM for graduate studies.

Rimsha is a highly accomplished student, maintaining a 4.0 in her graduate program. “I sincerely would like to thank all the professors because of whom I could maintain this academic performance all while enjoying it,” she says.

Making the most of her time at AUM, Rimsha has gained leadership and work experience by saying “yes” to opportunities. She is a College of Business Ambassador, representing the College of Business at events such as the Chancellor’s Business Breakfast and A Day in the Life of a Warhawk. She also contributed to the College strategic plan and encourages other students to be engaged in professional development opportunities. Most recently, Rimsha co-founded a new student club, AUM Women in I.T., and serves as the club’s first president. In the past year, she has worked as Graduate Teaching Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant. The College of Business has recognized Rimsha’s academic excellence and campus engagement by awarding her the Bill and Lana McNair Scholarship for 2022-2023.

Reflecting on her experience at AUM, Rimsha says, “Participating in clubs and working as a graduate assistant gave me the chance to meet some of the most amazing people and to work closely with two amazing faculty members of IS department. Learning beyond the classroom has been a privilege. I would like to thank College of Business, the IS Department, and my family back home, who are always cheering me on.”

The College of Business thanks you, Rimsha, for your academic leadership and all of your contributions. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

Anna McCroanAnna McCroan
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a woman smiling for the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – January 2023

Anna McCroan is an Information Systems major who plans to graduate in May of 2023 with her bachelor’s degree. She is a member of the international business honor society, Beta Gamma Sigma and has been on the Dean’s list for 6 semesters. Thanks to her academic success, Anna has earned multiple scholarships, including the Counselor Scholarship (2019-2023) and the College of Business Regions Bank Endowed Scholarship (2022-2023). The College of Business has recognized Anna’s scholastic achievements at its Honors Day ceremony in Spring of 2022.

At AUM, Anna has served as a Peer Mentor and now works as a student assistant for Information Technology Services. She finds fulfillment in helping others succeed, grow, and learn new things. Upon graduation, Anna plans to pursue a career in Data Analytics and return to AUM to pursue her Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree.

Inspiring words to start the new semester. Congratulations Anna on all of your accomplishments!

Adarianna McWilliamsAdarianna McWilliams
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a woman smiling for the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – February 2023

Montgomery Alabama native Adarianna McWilliams is on track to earn her Master of Healthcare Administration degree in May 2023. She pursued her graduate studies at AUM after earning a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Management in 2020 from the University of Alabama at

Birmingham. Adarianna is also a Cadet with the Army ROTC program at AUM and will commission this May to become a 2nd Lieutenant. On top of her academic and military service, she is a full-time Administrative Assistant with Baptist Medical Center East.

Adarianna says, “When I have free time, I enjoy walks in the park, playing racquetball, or cooking yummy dishes I find on TikTok. If you’ve just begun your graduate program or finishing, wishing you the best of luck in your future endeavors, and stay strong!” She shares the following quote by Michael Josephson: “Take pride in how far you’ve come. Have faith in how far you can go.”

Thank you, Adarianna, for your service to the U.S. and for inspiring others to high achievement. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

Joseph LanziJoseph Lanzi
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a person posing for the cameraCollege of Business – Student of the Month – March 2023

Joseph Lanzi is a senior majoring in Management and a member of the AUM Men’s Basketball team. Prior to transferring to AUM, he played basketball for two years at the University of Denver, and subsequently for one year at the University of Charleston in West Virginia. He chose AUM because of its focus on academic and athletic excellence, and with the goal of being closer to his hometown of Chelsea, Alabama. He says, “I felt drawn to AUM as a great fit both academically and athletically where I could finish out my college career well in both areas.”

True to his vision, Joseph has excelled at AUM. He earned academic and athletic scholarships and a place on the Fall 2022 Dean’s list with a 4.0 GPA. Elected by his teammates, he is the Men’s Basketball team captain. He has enhanced his impressive resume by interning for one of the nation’s top lawyers, working in landscaping, and training young athletes in basketball. When not studying, playing basketball, or working, Joseph enjoys spending time with his parents, five bothers, and dog, Kodak Black.

Joseph offered this advice to his fellow students: “Build relationships with those around you. You never know when one hand will wash the other and always be an advocate for yourself!” He also shared his favorite phrase by Randy Pausch: “We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.”​

Congratulations Joseph for all of your accomplishments!

Cameron TorbertCameron Torbert
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a man wearing a suit and tieCollege of Business – Student of the Month – April 2023

Originally from Opelika, Alabama, Cameron Torbert is a senior majoring in Marketing who is on track to graduate this year. When asked why he chose to study at AUM, he says, “I chose AUM because, from the first visit, I felt like this could be home for the next four years. The campus was very beautiful, clean, and not too big. The people that I met were very welcoming and friendly, which goes a long way when it comes to deciding your home away from home.”

Cameron excels in the classroom, receiving numerous recognitions for his academic achievements, including the Dean’s List, scholarships, and memberships in academic honor societies. He gives back to the AUM community by serving as president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, president of the College of Business Marketing Club, and secretary/treasurer of the AUM National Pan-Hellenic Council. He also volunteers his time to serve as a member of the Orange Jacket Society and on the Academic Dishonesty Appeals Committee. On top of these accomplishments and activities, Cameron has worked in retail for four years to support his studies, gaining valuable business experience.

Cameron usually spends any free time at the gym, visiting family, engaging in community service, or researching interesting topics. He offers this advice to fellow students: “Use your resources, ask as many questions as possible, and never stop working because it does pay off!”

Well said, Cameron. Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. We are so proud of you! Congratulations!

AUM College of Business

Accolades & Awards

College of Business

Meet Our Faculty

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Joy Clark

Interim Dean
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Christine Harrington

Associate Dean, Associate Professor
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Scott Lane

Director; Associate Professor
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James M. Locke

Department Chair/Assistant Professor
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Ed D. Walker II

Department Chair; Professor
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Darlene Adkins

Assistant Professor
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Donald Amoroso

Distinguished Teaching Professor
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Wendy Anderson

Lecturer
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David Ang

Professor
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Kady Bassett

Student Advisor
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Jeffrey Bohler

Associate Professor
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Dorcia Bolton

Assistant Professor
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Angela Corbett

Senior Program Associate
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Ankita Damani

Assistant Professor
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Ross Dickens

Professor
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Tarek A. ElBadawy

Associate Professor
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Kara Green

Student Advisor
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Tewhan Hahn

Professor; Distinguished Chair
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Xiaoyun He

Associate Professor
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Rhea Ingram

Professor
Zack Jourdan

Zack Jourdan

Associate Professor
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Mary Kiker

Professor
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Scott Kiker

Associate Professor
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Jongheon Kim

Associate Professor
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Ken Linna

Associate Professor
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Juntai Lu

Assistant Professor
Lyle William

William Lyle

Assistant Professor
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Michael McEachern

Executive in Residence
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Dawn McKell

Visiting Professor
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Venessa Melton

Professor
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Cindy Odom

Administrative Associate
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Dong-Yop Oh

Associate Professor
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Cur’Tara Peterson

Academic Advisor/Outreach Coordinator
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Leann Reeves

Student Advisor
Ryan Reid

Ryan Reid

Lecturer
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Foster Roberts

Associate Professor
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Rhonda Seay

Senior Lecturer; Master of Accountacy Advisor
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Tonya Sexton

Senior Administrative Associate
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David M. Simmonds

Visiting Assistant Professor
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Brianne Smith

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

Administrative Assistant
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Walter Smith

Associate Professor
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Joy Strong

Associate Director
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Margie Toney

Governmental Accounting Program Consultant
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