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Meet the Faculty

Economics & Business Analytics Department  Staff

"The program equips students with both practical and theoretical proficiency and cleanly amalgamates with the classical liberal arts education. The result is a holistic understanding of technical principles and the application of those principles, two sides of one coin that is imperative to effective work in finance, business or economics."

—Josh Devamithran, '16


Building great leaders begins with great teachers

At Patrick Henry College, the EBA program faculty bring a rare mix of academic qualifications and extensive practical experience. From building models for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to leading complex corporations, the EBA program faculty have applied their areas of expertise in a variety of academic and marketplace settings.

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Howard Schmidt, M.B.A.

Executive Vice President, PHC
Director of Economics & Business Analytics

With over 25 years of executive leadership in both domestic and international companies, Professor Schmidt leverages his extensive leadership expertise to equip students with both the analytical and leadership skills needed to thrive in complex organizational environments.

 His goal is to equip emerging leaders to think like CEOs who honor God and serve others through the incorporation of professional excellence, informed decision making, and the World of God throughout their careers. He teaches courses in financial analysis, competitive strategy, Business methods, and entrepreneurship.

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Jack W. Haye

President, PHC

President Haye comes from a 30-year career of executive leadership in the corporate banking world, following by a period as Executive Pastor of a 5,000-member church near Dallas, Texas. President Haye teaches leadership and organizational behavior to EBA students.




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Nathan Russell, M.A.

Professor of Economics

Coming from a background in the Austrian and Virginia schools of economic theory, Professor Russell specializes in applied economics, public choice, economic policy, and public finance. He brings a deep background of micro and public economic theory to EBA students.

Tracey McGrath, Ph.D.

Tracey McGrath, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics & Physics

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.

Marissa Walraven

Marissa Walraven, Ph.D.

Professor of Mathematics and Chemistry

With degrees in mathematics and Chemistry, Dr. Walraven brings a strong analytical background to the program. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of Georgia where she researched computational quantum chemistry. She teaches courses in advanced math and science.

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