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Meet the Faculty

Economics & Business Analytics Department Staff

"My professors gave me the tools to start my own small tech business this summer, mentored me, and awarded me internship credit for working on my idea. "

—Andrew Kelly, '17

Michael Kucks, Ph. D.

Michael Kucks, Ph.D.

Director of Economics and Business Analytics

Dr. Kucks came to Patrick Henry College from the private sector, where he served as an R&D engineer in the military and commercial electronics industries as well as an independent contractor doing industrial electrical training. Dr. Kucks has also been an adjunct professor at Lehigh University and an adjunct and visiting professor at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Dr. Kucks brings his industrial experience to the courses he teaches at PHC—Physics, Geometry, and Statistics.

Howard Schmidt, M.B.A.

Howard Schmidt, M.B.A.

Executive Vice President, Professor of Business Analytics

With over 20 years of executive leadership in both domestic and international companies, Professor Schmidt brings a unique depth and breadth of knowledge in all aspects of a high velocity enterprise. He teaches courses in financial analysis, competitive strategy, business methods, and entrepreneurship.

Nathan Russell, M.A.

Nathan Russell, M.A.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Professor Russell specializes in Public Choice, Public Finance, practical economics, the morality and culture of markets, and communicating economic ideas - particularly ideas related to policy and everyday application of economics. Professor Russell previously worked for the Charles G. Koch Foundation where he developed economic education methodology and theories of economic management, the Regulatory Economics Group where he analyzed corporate cost and profitability, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy where he assessed state economic and educational policy.

Tracey McGrath, Ph.D.

Tracey McGrath, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics

With a Ph.D. from Princeton University in Computational Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, Dr. McGrath has taught at both CalTech and Harvard University. Dr. McGrath has also created mathematical and economic models for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. She teaches courses in advanced math and science.

Wallace Kelly, Ph. D.

Wallace E. Kelly, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Kelly comes to PHC with nearly two decades of experience in government and commercially-sponsored research and development. He has worked as a system architect, software developer, and entrepreneur in the fields of aerospace, defense, finance, and material sciences. His experience spans all stages of product development from concept through ongoing customer support. He is listed as lead inventor on seven patents. His experience in the classroom includes teaching undergraduate classes at Texas A&M during graduate school. Additionally, he has worked part-time since 2004, teaching week-long short courses to corporate clients from Singapore to the UK.

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