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Below is a comprehensive list of faculty that teach across all of Virginia Tech's MBA program formats. Click the faculty name to be directed to their biography.


Ruth Caul
Ruth Caul teaches strategic human resource management. She has more than 25 years of experience in finance and human resources in the paper and packaging manufacturing industry, most recently serving as Senior HR Manager with WestRock. She is also member of Virginia Tech's  MBA Alumni Advisory Board and holds a SHRM-SCP Certification.
MBA Virginia Tech | B.A. Asbury University

Krista Crawford-Mathis
Dr. Crawford teaches ethical leadership in a global environment. She has more than 30 years of human resource, organizational management, and non-profit leadership experience. Her areas of research interest include cultural intelligence, leadership, and applied ethics.
Ph.D. Capella University | MBA Radford University | B.S.B.A. University of Arkansas

Dawn Leijon
Dawn Leijon teaches marketing courses, including Marketing Policy and Strategy. She is an experienced senior marketing strategist and has had an extensive career in marketing, most recently serving as the Senior Director of Product Marketing for CoStar Group.
MBA University of Chicago | B.S. University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Hall
Mr. Hall is a certified Project Management Professional and teaches Project Management.  He is the Head of Portfolio and Project Management at Carfax and previously held several roles in project and program management.
M.S. George Washington University | Master’s Certificate in Project Management, George Washington University |  B.S. Virginia Tech

Ron Hodge
Ron Hodge has more than 30 years of professional leadership and management experience, most recently as a Partner/Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy from George Mason University, with a concentration and Behavioral Economics in Science and Technology.
MBA George Washington University | B.S. Virginia Tech

Stephen Hood
Dr. Hood is a Data Scientist and Researcher focused on developing new capabilities at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in Marketing at Virginia Tech. His teaching interests include marketing strategy, policy, product management, price management, and international marketing. His research interests are focused around participative pricing systems, specifically auctions, and he has presented several conference papers at Marketing Science examining the role of expertise among bidders as well as their competitors. He has published several classified articles exploring how to optimize joint task outcomes between humans and intelligent agents. Additional ongoing research includes perceptions of risk as well as rigor in analytic settings. Steve has seventeen years of experience in the intelligence community including service with the US Army, CIA, DIA, ODNI, and NGA. He also holds an MBA from Virginia Tech
Ph.D. and MBA Virginia Tech | M.A. Fuller Theological Seminary | B.A. University of Southern California

Olga Livingston
Dr. Olga Livingston is a Senior Economist leading the cyber economics portfolio for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Her background is in Econometrics with extensive experiences in modeling and risk analysis. Her current work supports analysis of the benefits of the cybersecurity investment, cost of cyber incidents, effectiveness and justifiability of potential mitigations, as well as barriers and catalysts for technology adoption.
Ph.D. Oregon State University | Master of International Management, Whitworth University | Master of Management and Economics and Bachelor of Management and Economics, Chernigov State University

Jim Waldron
Jim Waldron has over 35 years of experience in strategic management, operations management, sales and marketing in a wide variety of small, medium and large companies in the information technology sector.  His professional career has enabled him to work internationally and interact with a wide variety of business management philosophies and cultures.  He is currently General Manager of Global Information Systems, a information technology engineering firm located in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Jim is also founder and CEO of an international consulting firm that specializes in helping technology firms enter the US market. 
DBA Northcentral University | MBA University of Notre Dame | BBA University of Notre Dame