George A. Lehman, E.D.M.
Howard Raid professor of business; business studies division chair;
director of the Collaborative MBA
B.A., Bluffton College, 1969
MBA, University of Pittsburgh, 1978
Executive Doctor of Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2000
Phone: (419) 358-3302
Office: Centennial Hall, 215
Courses taught: Theory and Practice of Management, Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management
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.
Melissa Green, Ph.D.
Associate professor of business, director of graduate programs in business
B.S.B.A., Ohio Northern University, 1981
MBA, Ashland University, 1985
Ph.D., Ohio University, 1995
Phone: (419) 358-3447
Office: Centennial Hall, 217
Jonathan Andreas, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of economics
B.A., Grinnell College, 1990
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2003
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2009
Phone: (419) 358-3290
Office: Centennial Hall, 218
Courses taught: Organizations and the Global Economy, Managerial Economics, Health Care Economics and Policy
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
B.S., Bethel College (Kansas), 1979
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1989
Phone: (419) 358-3505
Office: Centennial Hall, 219
Courses taught: Organizations Management and American Culture, Strategic Issues in Contemporary Management.
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.
Senior lecturer in business
A.A., Hesston College, 1972
B.S. Speech and Dramatic Arts, Central Michigan University, 1974
Interpersonal and Public Communication, Central Michigan University , 1976
Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Kansas, 1996
COURSES TAUGHT : Theory and Practice of Management, Leadership Communication in the Workplace and Strategic
Issues in Contemporary Management
Strengths in organizational communications and leadership, performance studies, spiritual development
Gerald J. Mast, Ph.D.
Professor of communication
B.A., Malone College, 1987
M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1991-1995
Phone: (419) 358-3208
Office: Smucker Hall, 303
Courses taught: Leadership Communication in the Workplace
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
B.A., Bluffton College, 1988
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1993
Phone: (419) 358-3483
Office: Centennial Hall, 312
Courses taught: Data Analysis and Decision Making
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 developed the simulation software
for that course.
Assistant professor of communications
B.A., Southwestern College, 2003
M.A., Wichita State University, 2010
Phone: (419) 358-3279
Office: Byers Hall, 306
Hamid A. Rafizadeh, Ph.D.
Professor of business
B.S., Oregon State University, 1966
MBA, University of Dayton , 1983
M.H., Wright State University, 1990
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1970
Phone: (419) 358-3330
Office: Centennial Hall, 306
Courses taught: Data Analysis and Decision Making, Managerial Economics, Organizations and the Global
Economy and Organizational Financial Management
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.
Thomas L. Stuckey, PH.D.
President, Northwest State Community College
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
Phone: (419) 267-1310
Address: West Unity OH 43570
Courses taught: Financial Decision Making, Organization Financial Management
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.
Associate professor of accounting
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1993
Certified Management Accountant (CMA), 1996
Certified Financial Manager (CFM), 2001
M.B.A., Tiffin University, 2005
D.B.A., Anderson University, 2012
Phone: (419) 358-3406
Office: Centennial Hall, 220
Retired Senior Vice President of Honda of America Manufacturing
B.S., The Ohio State University, 1973
Courses taught : Production and Operations Management
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.
Head coach, baseball; HFSS lecturer; associate athletic director for development
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
Mr. Grandey is serving his second term 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, Wisc.