Corporate and Executive Education
David Becher is an associate professor of Finance at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business, a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education and a Drexel LeBow Center for Corporate Governance fellow. He has been a fellow at the Wharton Financial Institution Center at the University of Pennsylvania since 2006.
Dr. Becher’s specializations include mergers, governance and the banking industry. He has been interviewed or cited in the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Reuters, and Business Week Online, among others. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Financial Intermediation, among others.
He earned his B.A. in Economics and International Relations at The College of William and Mary, specialized in International Economics at the Universite de Montpellier, France, and obtained his Ph.D. in Finance at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Becher worked for PNC Bank and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.
For Corporate and Executive Education he has taught several courses, including Corporate Financial Management, Corporate Governance, Financial Statement Analysis, and Investment Decisions and has spoken on such topics as “The Financial Crisis: Role of Regulation.”
Suresh Chandran is an associate clinical professor of Management at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. He was previously the Director of Consulting Services at Philip Services Corp., located in Fort Washington, Pa. — where he was responsible for operations and business development for the energy and environmental consulting group. He has over 20 years of work experience and has been the project director of numerous cutting edge projects in the energy generation, transportation, chemicals and material sciences sectors.
Dr. Chandran received his undergraduate degree from UDCT (The Department of Chemical Technology) in Mumbai, India and his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Engineering from Vanderbilt University. He holds an MBA and is also a registered patent agent, having passed the bar examination in 2004. He has served as a faculty member in the Management Department at Drexel University since 2001.
For Corporate and Executive Education, Dr. Chandran has taught courses on Managing the Total Enterprise, Industry Management Perspectives, Intellectual Property Management, Sustainability and Business Leadership, and Enhancing Corporate Value.
Hubert Glover is an associate clinical professor of Accounting at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. Dr. Glover has more than 30 years of management and leadership experience with major organizations, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and various small businesses that served major corporate and federal clients. He has also served on the governance bodies for various professional organizations, including the Institute of Management Accountants, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the American Accounting Association.
Dr. Glover is also actively involved with the private company generally accepted accounting principles through his role on the Blue Ribbon Panel, committee service on FEI and other organizations. Dr. Glover has published more than 50 articles in academic and professional journals. He obtained his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Accounting, and holds certifications as a Certified in Risk Management and Assurance, Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Public Accountant.
For Corporate and Executive Education, he has taught courses in Cost Accounting Fundamentals & Strategic Management along with International Financial Reporting Standards and has spoken on such topics as “Little GAAP: The Impact of Proposed Standards for Privately Held Companies” and “Healthcare Transformation: New Perspectives and Insights Concerning the Economics Behind Employee Healthcare Models.”
Michael Gombola is a professor of finance, department head of Drexel LeBow’s Finance Department and distinguished faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, investments, mergers and acquisitions, dividend policy, capital structure, and earnings management.
Before joining Drexel, Dr. Gombola served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut and Southern Illinois University. His corporate experience includes two years with Hornblower & Weeks-Hemphill, Noyes, Inc., members of the New York Stock Exchange, and his corporate consulting includes serving as an expert witness in matters of pension fund investments and initial public offerings. He has provided training programs in Finance and Statistics as well as providing statistical modeling projects for Advanta Corporation. His research has appeared in several journals, including Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Accounting Review, Financial Management, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, and Journal of International Business Studies. He is active in several academic associations and has served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Eastern Finance Association, as well as serving as program vice president of the organization.
Dr. Gombola received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Clemson University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He teaches Corporate Finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has spoken on such topics as “Earnings Management, Fraud, and Compensation,” “The Financial Crisis,” and “Rethinking Capital Structures: Achieving Greater Strategic Flexibility with Less Cost” for Corporate and Executive Education.
Wesley R. Gray, PhD is a clinical professor of finance at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. He has studied and been an active participant in financial markets throughout his career. After serving as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Gray received a PhD, and was a tenure-track professor at Drexel University. Dr. Gray’s interest in entrepreneurship and behavioral finance led him to found Alpha Architect, an SEC-Registered Investment Advisor, where he is the Executive Managing Member. Dr. Gray has published two books: EMBEDDED: A Marine Corps Adviser Inside the Iraqi Army and QUANTITATIVE VALUE: A Practitioner’s Guide to Automating Intelligent Investment and Eliminating Behavioral Errors. His work has been highlighted on CBNC, CNN, NPR, Motley Fool, WSJ Market Watch, CFA Institute, Institutional Investor, and CBS News. Dr. Gray earned an MBA and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago and graduated magna cum laude with a BS from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Michael Howley is an associate clinical professor of Marketing at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. Prior to becoming a business professor, Dr. Howley served for two decades as a clinical physician assistant, working for nine years delivering primary care to underserved areas of rural Maine and eleven years in critical care and surgical services.
His academic research and teaching focuses on recovering from service failure and delivering high quality services. Dr. Howley has taught Services Blueprinting at ASU’s Center for Services Leadership, and teaches courses on Healthcare Management and Services Marketing for Drexel LeBow MBA students. For Corporate and Executive Education, he has taught several courses including Health Services Research and The Business of Healthcare, and has spoken on a variety of topics related to adapting to the Affordable Care Act.
Dr. Howley received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
Paul Jensen is an associate professor of Economics and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Executive Education, and Experiential Learning at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. His areas of expertise include international trade, patterns of trade and trade policy. His work has been published in the Review of International Economics, Journal of Economic Integration, Eastern Economic Journal, among others.
Dr. Jensen earned a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from Pennsylvania State University. For Corporate and Executive Education he has spoken on such topics as “Corporate Social Responsibility: An Economic Perspective.”
Jennifer Juergens is an assistant professor of Finance at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. She received her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, and previously worked at Arizona State University and the University of Texas at Austin. Her areas of expertise include securities analysts, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, executive compensation, investments, risk management with derivative securities, and asset pricing.
Dr. Juergens has published her research in top finance journals, including Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Finance Studies. As a Ph.D. candidate, she was selected as a Nasdaq Educational Foundation Fellow and joined Salomon Smith Barney’s research department where she was part of a team that analyzed Internet and venture-backed stocks.
For Corporate and Executive Education, she has spoken on such topics as “The Debt & Equity Ecosystem: Evaluating the Advisory Relationships That Help Firms Access Capital, Growth, and Liquidity.”
Frank Linnehan is the Interim Dean of Drexel’s LeBow College of Business, a professor in the Management Department, and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. Dr. Linnehan received his MBA from Pepperdine University and his Ph.D. in Human Resources Administration from Temple University. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Compensation and Management. Prior to receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Linnehan worked for seventeen years in both line and human resource management in the financial services industry.
Dr. Linnehan’s research interests include school-to-work transitions for high school and college students, adult-youth mentoring, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment and workforce diversity initiatives. He has authored or co-authored papers that have appeared in the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Group and Organization Management, Applied Psychology: An International Journal, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Management Inquiry, Social Psychology of Education and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
Dr. Linnehan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Academies, Inc., where he sits on the Executive and Finance committees.
Bruce McCullough is a professor in the Decision Sciences Department at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. His areas of expertise include applied econometrics, data mining, and reliability of statistical and economic software.
Dr. McCullough earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University and worked for a consulting firm before entering graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin — where he received his Ph.D. and served as a University Fellow.
Prior to joining Drexel, he was an assistant professor of Economics at Fordham University and a Senior Economist at the FCC. He is an associate editor at four journals in the fields of statistics and economics, and is currently writing a book on data mining for SAS.
Dr. McCullough and has taught data mining for our Corporate and Executive Education clients, as well as at the undergraduate, MBA and Ph.D. levels.
Edward Nelling is a professor of Finance at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, real estate finance, executive compensation, business valuation, equity markets, investments, and mutual funds. Dr. Nelling is the author of the book Business Valuation Demystified, and his research articles have been published in the Journal of Finance, Strategic Management Journal, the Financial Analysts Journal and others.
Dr. Nelling has consulted for Fortune 500 companies and has served as an expert witness. Dr. Nelling earned a B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He was selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award by Drexel Executive MBA students in 2001, 2002 and 2008. In 2009, he received an Outstanding Online Instructor Award from Drexel. He has also served as a Visiting Professor at The Wharton School and Korea University Business School.
For Corporate and Executive Education, Dr. Nelling has taught Corporate Financial Management and Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager. He most recently offered a presentation entitled “Hitting a Financial Home Run.”
Ralph Walkling is the Christopher and Mary Stratakis Professor of Corporate Governance and Accountability in the Finance Department and Executive Director of Drexel LeBow’s Center for Corporate Governance. Dr. Walkling is also a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. He is internationally known for his research involving corporate governance and acquisitions and for his ability to communicate financial concepts with clarity and aplomb. Dr. Walkling is a regular consultant to industry and a leading contributor to the top refereed journals in his field. He currently serves as associate editor of The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Journal of Empirical Finance, The Journal of Applied Finance, The Journal of Empirical Finance and The Journal of Corporate Finance.
Dr. Walkling is a member of the Board of Trustees and immediate Past President of the Financial Management Association. He has received numerous awards for best papers in corporate finance and excellence in graduate teaching.
Prior to joining Drexel, Dr. Walkling was Dean’s Research Professor of Finance for Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He received his B.S. from Towson State University and his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Dr. Walking has taught in executive education programs throughout the U.S. and around the world — most recently in South Africa and Amsterdam.
For LeBow Corporate and Executive Education, he most recently spoke on “Shareholders’ Say on Pay: Does the Market Care?”
Jonathan Ziegert is an associate professor in Management at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and a faculty member for Drexel LeBow Corporate and Executive Education. His research focuses primarily on leadership and group processes with a secondary emphasis on individuals’ attraction to organization. Within the area of leadership and group processes, Dr. Ziegert’s research examines how leadership is structured and carried out in organizations and team based contexts. In his research on attraction, he examines the factors that predict how individuals come to join and fit with organizations. Dr. Ziegert has studied these issues in a variety of work settings including Fortune 500 companies, hospitals, banks, universities, public schools, volunteer service teams, and fast food restaurants.
Dr. Ziegert’s work has been published in a number of journals including, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Organizational Dynamics.
Dr. Ziegert earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland.
For Corporate and Executive Education he has taught several courses in Negotiations for Leaders and has spoken on such topics as “Leadership in Dynamic and Unpredictable Environments.”