Faculty & Staff

Dr. Clay Dibrell


Dr. Clay Dibrell is the Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at The University of Mississippi, a Professor of Management, holder of the Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, and a US Fulbright Scholar. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Memphis where he majored in Strategic Management and minored in International Business.  Areas of […]

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Dr. Rich Gentry


Richard J. Gentry is the FNC Founders Chair of Entrepreneurship, Professor of Management and Co-Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Mississippi. Rich earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2006, focusing on corporate strategy and entrepreneurship. Rich also holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Industrial […]

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Tong Meng

Director of Programs

Tong Meng is an Instructor and Director of Programs at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at the University of Mississippi. She earned her MBA from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before joining CIE, Tong worked for Duke University and its campus in China for 4 years as Manager of Undergraduate Programs. […]

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Dr. John Berns

Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Dr. John P. Berns is an Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. His research interests include entrepreneurship, venture financing, and corporate governance.

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Dr. Maria Berns

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Maria Berns is an Associate Professor in the Department of Management at the University of Mississippi.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Memphis.  Her areas of research interest include strategy implementation, organizational and institutional change, and entrepreneurship. Her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Review, Health Care […]

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Allyn Cascio, Ph.D.

Instructional Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Allyn Cascio is an Instructional Associate Professor of Management. She earned her Ph.D. in marketing from Mississippi State University, MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and bachelor of accountancy from The University of Mississippi. Allyn teaches digital marketing courses in the Entrepreneurship program, focusing on necessary skills for entrepreneurial and small business […]

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Dr. Walter Davis

Professor of Management and Faculty Director of MBA Programs

Walter D. Davis (Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology) is Professor of Management, Faculty Director of MBA Programs, and Wm. W. Gresham Entrepreneurial Professor at The University of Mississippi. He teaches MBA and Professional MBA courses in organizational behavior, doctoral courses in human resource management, and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurial leadership, strategic management, and advanced human […]

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Blake Dubinski

Adjunct Instructor

Originally from Overland Park, KS, Blake serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Management. Blake graduated from Ole Miss with a B.B.A. in Management, and also earned an MBA in 2015. Blake is the Co-Founder of GenTeal, a clothing line found in nearly 100 retailers in 18 states.

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Lee Ingram


In 2017, Lee graduated with a Master’s in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Instead of pursuing a corporate career, Lee formed a virtual tutoring business which now serves students across the country and won the 2017 Gillespie Business Plan Competition. In addition to his entrepreneurial interests, Lee is a drummer, community organizer, and advocate […]

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Dr. Paul Johnson

Associate Dean; Thomas Colbert Lecturer in Entrepreneurship; Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Paul Johnson is the Associate Dean, Chair of the Department of Management, Thomas Colbert Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, and an Associate Professor of Management at the University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Oklahoma State University, and he subsequently spent five years at Western Carolina University. Paul’s work focuses on motivation, creativity, […]

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Dr. Robert Robinson

Emeritus Professor of Management   

Robert K. Robinson is the Michael S. Starnes Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at The University of Mississippi where he has been on the faculty since 1990. He earned his Ph.D. in Personnel Administration and Industrial Relations (Human Resource Management) from the University of North Texas in 1988. Professor Robinson is […]

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Rhonda Swider

Business School Business Manager

Rhonda is currently the Business Manager for the School of Business, and teaches Entrepreneurial QuickBooks and MBA Accounting.  Prior to working for the University, she was a CPA in public practice for 15 years, working primarily with Small Business startups.  Before this, she was a financial analyst  in Banking and Finance, for 10 years, focusing […]

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