Meet the Faculty

Mike WatsonMichael A. Watson, Assistant Professor of Finance and Management
M.S. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mr. Watson spent twenty-five years in financial management and executive roles at Fortune 50 companies as well as high tech start-ups. His background includes extensive international experience as well as a lengthy ex-pat assignment in the UK. While a student at MIT’s Sloan School of Management he studied under Dr. Franco Modigliani, Dr. Robert Merton, and Dr. Fischer Black, all Nobel Laureates in Economics. His academic interests include finance theory, management science, and the Austrian school of economics.


Dan DonnellyDaniel K. Donnelly, Dean, School of Business
Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Catholic University of America
Master of Business Administration, University of Maryland
Doctor of Philosophy, George Mason University

Following a short time in the organic chemical manufacturing business Dr. Donnelly spent 25 years in public service with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During that time he served as an environmental engineer, first-line supervisor, and prior to retiring as Director of the Region III Laboratory. During this time he developed an interest in organizational behavior and leadership, which laid the foundation for the transformation of the Region III Laboratory into a self-directed team based organization. His doctoral research focused on the relationship between organizational commitment and how well organizations meet employee expectations for a wide range of variables. After retiring from the EPA Dr. Donnelly started his academic career at Duquesne University where he was the founding director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education and subsequently Associate Provost for Administration.


Teri GordonTeri Gordon, Adjunct Faculty Business Law and Business Communications
B.A. Vanderbilt University
J.D. University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law

Mrs. Gordon has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years. In addition to teaching at Aquinas College she has a private law practice representing small businesses with a commercial law focus. She is licensed to practice in Kentucky and Tennessee and has represented clients in state courts, U.S. District Courts, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, and the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. She has extensive experience in financial matters as a former attorney for Sovran Bank, NationsBank (predecessor to Bank of America) and the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was appointed by Governor Don Sundquist and served as a member at large on the Tennessee Economic Council for Women.

School of Business Faculty

Mark G. G. Barry Adjunct, Marketing School of Business

M.B.A., Vanderbilt University
B.A., Duke University

Daniel K. Donnelly, Ph.D. Dean of the School of Business (615) 297-7545 x429

Ph.D., George Mason University
M.B.A., University of Maryland
B.Ch.E., The Catholic University of America

Teri H. Gordon, J.D. Adjunct, Business Law School of Business

J.D., University of Louisville Law School
B.A., Vanderbilt University

Deborah Rayhab Adjunct, Marketing School of Business

M.B.A., Loyola University
B.S., Indiana University

Andrew A. Shafer Adjunct, Management School of Business (615) 297-7545 x526
Lindsey Silverthorn Adjunct, BusinessSchool of Business

M.B.A., Bethel University
B.S., St. Cloud State University

Michael A. Watson Assistant Professor, Management and Finance School of Business (615) 297-7545 x409

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S., Lowell Technological Institute

Debra A. Welsh Controller Adjunct, BusinessSchool of Business (615) 297-7545 x531

M.A., Webster University
B.S., University of Missouri-St. Louis