George A. Lehman, E.D.M.
Howard Raid professor of business; business studies division chair; director of graduate programs in business
Phone: (419) 358-3302
Office: Centennial Hall, 215
Education: B.A., Bluffton College, 1969; M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1978; Executive
Doctor of Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2000
Courses taught: Theory and Practice of Management, Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management
Related personal and work experience: Dr. Lehman has done executive level administrative and board work in health care related organizations. He has served in a leadership position in the Bluffton University Graduate Programs in Business since they began in 2000.
Jonathan Andreas, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of economics
Phone: (419) 358-3290
Office: Centennial Hall, 218
Education: B.A., Grinnell College, 1990; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003; Ph.D.
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
Courses taught: Organizations and the Global Economy, Managerial Economics, Health Care Economics and Policy
Related personal experience: Dr. Andreas has traveled extensively in the Asian Pacific including an extended bicycle trip in China. As an academic he has particular interest in the economics of health care delivery.
Karen Klassen Harder, Ph.D.
Professor of business and economics
Phone: (419) 358-3505
Office: Centennial Hall, 219
Vita: B.S., Bethel College (Kansas), 1979; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1989;
Courses taught: Organizations Management and American Culture, Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management.
Related personal experience: Dr. Harder has served as chair of an international relief and service agency (Mennonite Central Committee). She has had extended periods of work in Bangladesh, Kenya and Tanzania. She is an organization consultant for Mennonite World Conference and serves as a trustee on the Blanchard Valley Regional Health System Board, Ten Thousand Villages Board and Praxis Mutual Funds Board.
Ross Kauffman, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of public health; Assessment coordinator
Phone: (419) 358-3427
Office: Centennial Hall, 308
Vita: B.S., Eastern Mennonite University, 2003; M.P.H., Ph.D., The Ohio State University,
Courses taught: Health Care Informatics
Related personal experience: Prior to coming to Bluffton Dr. Kauffman was a key member of a research team that worked in the area of public health and smoking. Much of his recent academic work has been focused on using mapping technologies as the basis for analytic work related to disease as well as for more general organization analysis.
Gerald J. Mast, Ph.D.
Professor of communication
Phone: (419) 358-3208
Office: Smucker Hall, 303
Vita: B.A., Malone College, 1987; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1991-1995;
Courses taught: Leadership Communication in the Workplace
Related personal experience: Dr. Mast serves on the governing board of a national religious news magazine. He has prepared numerous students for speech competitions as well as serving as a judge for others. Dr. Mast has authored or co-authored a number of books both for the academic community and for the general public. Dr. Mast has been involved with the Master's program since its inception and has taught a number of other courses in the past.
Darryl K. Nester, Ph.D.
Professor of mathematics
Phone: (419) 358-3483
Office: Centennial Hall, 312
Vita: B.A., Bluffton College, 1988; Ph.D., Purdue University, 1993
Courses taught: Data Analysis and Decision Making
Related personal experience: Dr. Nester has worked as part of a publishing team for a number of math and statistics textbooks. He is co-author of the text for MGT515, and also developed the simulation software for that course.
Hamid A. Rafizadeh, Ph.D.
Professor of business
Phone: (419) 358-3330
Office: Centennial Hall, 306
Vita: B.S., Oregon State University, 1966; M.B.A., University of Dayton, 1983; M.H., Wright
State University, 1990; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
Courses taught: Data Analysis and Decision Making, Managerial Economics, Organizations and the Global Economy and Organizational Financial Management
Related personal experience: Dr. Rafizadeh had substantial careers with national and international companies before shifting to full time teaching at Bluffton. He is co-author of the textbook used in the Data Analysis and Decision Making course.
Steven Webster M.O.D..
Adult & graduate studies representative; Lecturer, BCOMP, Graduate programs in business
Phone: (419) 358-3297
Office: Centennial Hall, 311
Vita: B.S.. Bowling Green State University 1972; Masters in Organization Development, Bowling
Green State University 1981
Courses taught: Managing People in Organizations, The Theory and Practice of Management
Related personal experience: Prior to his work at Bluffton University Mr. Webster served in human resource management capacities in a hospital, divisions of three fortune 500 companies and more recently as the VP of Human Resources for Sauder Woodworking Co. and for Alex Products.
Thomas L. Stuckey PH.D.
President, Northwest State Community College
Phone: (419) 267-1310
Address: West Unity OH 43570
Vita: B.S., Goshen College, 1970; M.S., Bowling Green State University, 1983; Ph.D., Bowling
Green State University, 1991; Post Ph.D., Harvard Business School, 1996
Courses taught: Financial Decision Making, Organization Financial Management
Related personal experience: Dr. Stuckey brings an executive's perspective his courses. His extensive experience with budgeting and financial management gives him the ability to help students make real world application of financial decision making theory to concrete issues in their organizations.
Heather Bruder, M.A.
Assistant professor of sport management
OFFICE PHONE: 419-358-3378
VITA: B.A., Alma College, 1999; M.A., Central Michigan University, 2005; Northwood University, 2002-2006
Retired Senior Vice President of Honda of America Manufacturing
VITA: B.S., The Ohio State University, 1973
Courses taught: Production and Operations Management
Related personal experience: Jim spent 26 years working for Honda of America where he had responsibility for
every division and operation in Honda of America at some point. After serving in
several management positions in purchasing, he was named senior vice president of
Honda of America Manufacturing, where he had responsibility for all three Honda auto
and engine plants in Ohio as well as the North American purchasing operations. He
became the highest ranking American on the Company Operating Committee and also served
on the Honda of America Board of Directors. Jim has spoken to numerous conferences,
trade associations and government agencies regarding automobile industry concerns
and supply chain issues, including testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives
in 2013 regarding manufacturing concerns in the country.
CFO Blanchard Valley Health Systems
VITA: B.S., University of Toledo, 1989
Head coach, baseball; HFSS lecturer; associate athletic director for development
VITA: B.A., M.A. in education, Muskingum College, 1999, 2002; M.A. in sports management,
Ohio University, 2012
Courses taught: MGT 655 Leadership in Sport Administration
Related personal experience: Mr. Grandey recently completed his first of four years as a member of the NCAA Division III Baseball National Committee. As a committee member, his duties include facilitating weekly regional ranking calls to determine the top teams in the Mideast Region. He also served on the selection committee for the NCAA Division III Baseball Tournament. Coach Grandey was the NCAA representative at the Mideast regional in May 2014, where he was responsible for the management and administration of the entire regional tournament. He then represented the Mideast region at the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.