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MBA Faculty

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.


Captain Nick Buck
Capt. Buck has more than 25 years of experience leading National Security acquisition programs. He is skilled in strategic planning and execution, organizational change management, market branding and product positioning, and IT systems/cloud architecture.
M.S. Naval Postgraduate School | B.S. United States Naval Academy

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

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

David Offenkrantz
David Offenkrantz, MBA, PMP, CSM, is President of DAO Enterprises, a consulting firm specializing in project management and leadership consulting solutions. He has managed numerous large-scale, complex, and highly visible projects in both commercial and public sector arenas, specializing in strategic projects and turnaround scenarios. His experience spans more than 25 years of delivering sales, human resources, financial services, and IT/telecom solutions for Capital One, AOL, Nortel Networks, EMC, CSC, and HP, as well as US government agencies. Currently, he manages large engagements for a government contractor in the healthcare vertical. In addition, Mr. Offenkrantz has spoken and consulted domestically and internationally on project management, leadership, change management, and communication best practices for the Project Management Institute (PMI) and other organizations. He has held several volunteer roles, both locally and globally, with PMI. 
MBA Marymount University | B.A. University of Wisconsin.

Carl Ullrich
Dr. Carl Ullrich is an Associate Professor of Finance at James Madison University. His research focuses on the finance of energy markets, specifically electricity markets.  Recently his work has turned towards the study of regulatory uncertainty on capital expenditure decisions related to power plants. Before entering academia, he worked for his hometown municipal utility, Lakeland Electric, as a generation planner. His first love is teaching group exercise, which he has done for more than 25 years.
Ph.D. University of Maryland, College Park | MBA University of South Florida | B.S. University of Florida

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