Department of Management Sciences Faculty

Mark Phillips, Ph.D.
Department Chair and Professor, Management

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1988
M.S., Purdue University, 1989
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2004

Phone: 325-674-2565
Office: MBB 245

Jozell Brister
Associate Professor, Economics

B.S.E., Abilene Christian University, 1961
M.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1965
M.S., University of North Texas, 1973

Phone: 325-674-2596
Office: MBB 275

Orneita Burton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management and Information Systems

B.S., University of Arkansas, 1979
M.S., University of Central Texas, 1986
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2006

Phone: 325-674-2759
Office: MBB 243

Malcolm Coco, D.P.A., PHR
Professor, Human Resource Management

B.S., University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1968
M.S., Central Michigan University, 1979
D.P.A., Nova Southeastern University, 1993

Phone: 325-674-2560
Office: MBB 271

Brad Crisp, Ph.D.,
Professor of Information Systems

B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1993
M.B.A., University of Texas, 1998
Ph.D., University of Texas, 2003

Phone: 325-674-2503
Office: MBB 140

Ryan Jessup, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Marketing

B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1997
M.S., Abilene Christian University, 2003
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2008

Phone: 325-674-2569
Office: MBB 262

Andrew Little, J.D.
Associate Dean
Associate Professor, Business Law

B.A., Abilene Christian University, 1997
J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 2000
MA, West Texas A&M University, 2014

Phone: 325-674-2768
Office: MBB 141




Jim Litton, J.D.
Director of the Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy
Assistant Professor, Entrepreneurship

B.B.A., Abilene Christian University, 2001
M.B.A., Vanderbilt University, 2005
J.D., Vanderbilt University, 2005

Phone: 325-674-2210
Office: MBB 260

Monty Lynn, Ph.D. 
Professor, Management

B.A., Harding University, 1981
B.S.W., Harding University, 1981
M.S., Cornell University, 1984
M.O.B., Brigham Young University, 1985
Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 1985

Phone: 325-674-2593
Office: MBB 277

Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D.
Director for the Lytle Center for Leadership and Faith Development
Professor, Marketing

B.B.A., Harding University, 1980
M.B.A., Oklahoma State University, 1983
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1994

Phone: 325-674-2503
Office: MBB 140

Dennis J. Marquardt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Management

B.A., Lipscomb University, 1995
M.Ed., Concordia University - Wisconsin, 2006
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2015

Phone: 325-674-2429
Office: MBB 262

Laura Phillips, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management

B.S., Abilene Christian University, 1988
M.S., Purdue University, 1989
Ph.D., Capella University, 2005

Phone: 325-674-2037
Office: MBB 281

Don Pope, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Management

B.S., Oklahoma Christian University, 1975
M.Engr., Texas A&M University, 1976
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 1980

Phone: 325-674-2786
Office: MBB 279

Brent Reeves
Associate Professor, Information Systems

B.B.A, Abilene Christian University, 1982
M.A., Abilene Christian University, 1982
M.S., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1991
Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder, 1993

Phone: 325-674-2385
Office: MBB 250

Ian J Shepherd, D.A.
Professor, Management

B.Bus., University of Western Sydney, N.S.W., Australia, 1987
M.B.A., Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1989
D.A., Middle Tennessee State University, 1998 

Phone: 325-674-6165
Office: MBB 273

Phil Vardiman, Ph.D.
Professor, Management

B.S.Ed., Abilene Christian University, 1976
M.B.A., University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, 1992
Ph.D., Texas A&M University, 2001

Phone: 325-674-2153
Office: MBB 239


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