School of Business Faculty and Staff

Dr. Brenda Ponsford, Dean

Dr. Brenda Ponsford, Ph.D., J.D.




Dr. Ponsford earned her B.S., M.B.A., and Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Her J.D. is from Concord School of Law.


Ponsford has served on the faculty for Clarion University of Pennsylvania as a tenured full professor. In addition, she was both the MBA Director and the Chair of the Marketing Department. Prior to Clarion, she was a tenured Associate Professor at Sonoma State University, an Assistant Professor at the University of San Diego, and an instructor at Radford University totaling more than 20 years of teaching experience. She served as a visiting professor at the Institute of Business and Economics, The Academy of National Economy, in Moscow, Russia, during the summer term of 1996. 


Ponsford has had extensive international experience teaching and consulting, conducting research, and developing university strategic partnerships with key institutions. She has a successful fundraising record and has experience with AACSB and Middle States Accreditation. 


With an extensive list of peer reviewed conference proceedings and presentations, Ponsford has published many journal articles and won numerous awards and honors.

Dr. Nathan Campbell

Associate Dean

Associate Professor of Management



Dr. Nathan Campbell received his PhD in Management from Mississippi State University in 2007. He received his MBA (2000) and BBA in Management (1999) from Henderson State University. Dr. Campbell joined Henderson State University in January of 2008 as a faculty member in the School of Business. He teaches Human Resource Management, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Trends in Management, an MBA class. 


Campbell’s research interests are in the areas of mentoring, perceived support, and justice. He has published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Human Relations. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Human Resource Management as well as Journal of Managerial Psychology. He has also reviewed the Academy of Management Annual Meeting and Southern Management Association Annual Meeting. 



Dr. Nathan Campbell, Interim Associate Dean

Dr. Ajay K. Aggarwal

Associate Professor of Management



Dr. Ajay Aggarwal earned his Ph.D. in Management Science from Virginia Tech. He teaches courses in the areas of quantitative management and information systems. Prior to HSU, he was an Associate Professor (tenured) at Millsaps College and received several merit raises for excellence in teaching, research, and service. He received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology: Delhi, and his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.B.A. (with Finance concentration) from Virginia Tech.


Dr. Aggarwal has historically taught a wide variety of courses. He has a passion for teaching and bringing fun into the classroom. His portfolio of courses includes Business Statistics, Operations Management, Introduction to Information Systems, Data Mining, e-Commerce, Principles of Artificial Intelligence, Modeling and Simulation, Quantitative Management in Spreadsheets, and Introduction to Liberal Studies. He has published articles in the Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Business Logistics, Cybernetics and Systems, International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, Journal of College Teaching and Learning, Palmetto Business and Economic Review, International Journal of Information Technology and Management, and Journal of Healthcare Information Management, among several others.


Dr. Aggarwal is very active in regional chapters of professional organizations such as INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences), DSI (Decision Sciences Institute), and APICS (American Production and Inventory Control Society). He has served as president, vice-president, program chair, and secretary/treasurer of southeastern INFORMS; President of APICS - SCMS #95 (twice), and Vice President of Publications for southeastern DSI (twice). He has presented over 50 papers at regional and national conferences.


Dr. Ajay Aggarwal, Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Edward O. Akoto

Assistant Professor of Management



Dr. Edward Akoto received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with concentration in management, from Jackson State University in 2011. His MBA (HRM & Employment Relations) was from the University of Leicester in England. He earned his Bachelor (B.Ed.) Education from the University of Education in Ghana. He had earlier completed a 3-year professional educator’s certification (CERT “A”) in 1993 and taught in the public school system for 5 years in Ghana.


Immediately after obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Akoto taught at Delaware State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management for one year. He joined Henderson State University in August 2012 and he teaches Management-Organizational Behavior and International Business. Dr. Akoto is very committed to quality instruction, advisement, and mentoring students, with the aim of preparing a highly competent and professional generation of managers.


His research interest is in employee commitment, motivation and performance; motivation in the academic context, cross-cultural management and global leadership issues. Dr. Akoto has published in national and international journals, including the Journal of Vocational Behavior, Cross-Cultural Management: An International Journal, African Journal of Economics and Management Studies, International Journal of Business and Systems Research, and others. He is an active member of many professional associations, including: Academy of Management, Southern Management Association, South-East Academy of International Business, and Global Awareness Society International. 


Dr. Akoto (with his wife) operates a small consulting firm (EDVACO LLC), which provides professional services including: transportation management, performance measurement/analysis, grant profiling, report writing, and professional development training to government agencies, schools, and other non-profit agencies.

Dr. Edward Akoto, Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. C. Alan Blaylock
Associate Professor of Finance


Dr. Alan Blaylock received his Ph.D. in Finance (2003), MSBA in Economics (1999), and MBA (1996) from Mississippi State University.  He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis in paralegal studies from Delta State University in 1995. He earned the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation in 2011. He has also completed graduate coursework in finance and economics at Yonsei University in South Korea. Blaylock has over 14 years experience teaching finance and economics at various institutions that include Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, Lamar University, and Murray State University. He has presented a variety of papers at academic conferences and published peer reviewed articles in Global Business and Finance Review, International Journal of Business Disciplines, Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, and Journal of Learning in Higher Education as well as various conference proceedings.

Dr. C. Alan Blaylock, Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. Victor Claar 

Professor of Economics



Victor V. Claar, Ph.D., is professor of economics and teaches courses in economics to both undergraduate and graduate students. He recently was a Fulbright Scholar at the American University of Armenia—a landlocked country at the intersection of Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Iran—where he conducted research and gave lectures to graduate students.


Professor Claar has a long, impressive record of publications, including his influential book, Economics in Christian Perspective: Theory, Policy and Life Choices, now in its fifth printing and recently translated into Chinese. One reviewer said of the book’s authors, “they demonstrate an impressive breadth of vision [and] deftly move from the big picture and macroeconomics to the care for the individual and restoring hope for the least of these.”


While you may have heard that economics was once dubbed the “dismal science,” Professor Claar’s work demonstrates that this field is quite the opposite, especially when it does what Professor Claar does: combine sobering analysis and Christian principles to offer a vision of hope.


Professor Claar is also the author of Fair Trade? Its Prospects as a Poverty Solution, an incisive, thoughtful work that challenges us all to rethink how we buy what we need and want.



Dr. Victor Claar, Professor of Economics

Ms. Renae Clark  

Associate Professor of Business Information Systems  



Ms. Renae Clark has over 10 years of teaching experience.  She has taught classes in accounting, computer technology and information systems.  She has taught at New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Branch Community College before coming to Henderson State University in August of 2003.  She currently teaches a variety of courses in business information systems.  She has extensive experience in web-based teaching tools along with practical experience as a former vice president of administration at the New Mexico Lottery Authority. 


She earned a BS in Accountancy and BA in Computer Science from the University of Missouri and her MBA from New Mexico State University.  She is also a licensed CPA, a licensed Certified Information Systems Auditor, and has been certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. 

Renae Clark, Associate Professor of Business Information Systems

Dr. Dennis DiMarzio

Oren Harris Chair of Business Law


Professor DiMarzio received his B.A. in Speech Communications from Northern Illinois University in 1973. He earned a college scholarship by winning 2nd place in the 1970 Veterans of Foreign Wars Sponsored National Voice of Democracy Speech Contest. Dr. DiMarzio received his Juris Doctor Degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1976, and he practiced law in Illinois for twelve years. He started teaching Business Law courses as an adjunct faculty member in 1979.


He taught Business Law courses at Norther Illinois University and later at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He was a four time Master Teacher Award Nominee at BGSU, and he coached the BGSU Intercollegiate Mock Trial Team to a fourth place finish in the 1989 National Mock Trial Tournament. 


Dr. DiMarzio started teaching at Henderson State University in 1994. While at HSU, he has been the recipient of a Faculty Service Excellence Award, and he was named the Oren Harris Chair of Business Law.

Dr. Dennis DiMarzio

Ms. Debbie Francis

Instructor of Marketing



Debbie Francis earned a BSBA degree in Economics from Henderson State University and an MBA degree with a concentration in Management and Marketing from the University of Arkansas. Instructor Francis also studied in the Doctoral programs in Marketing at the University of Alabama and the University of Houston.


Instructor Francis has over 30 years teaching experience at the collegiate level. She has taught at the following institutions: University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Shenzhen University in Shehou China, Houston Baptist University, and University of Houston Downtown.


Instructor Francis has served as the Marketing Internship Coordinator, Administrative Director of Graduate Programs, and the Sam Walton Fellow at Houston Baptist University. She has served as the Academic Advising Coordinator for the UHD College of Business Distance Sites and was named the Director of the Inaugural MBA program at the University of Houston Downtown.


Debbie Francis is excited to be “coming back home” to Henderson State University!


Ms. Kelli Hernandez

Instructor of Management


Mrs. Kelli Hernandez graduated from Henderson State University (HSU) with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Human Resources and later returned to earn her Masters of Business Administration.  She teaches courses in Management and Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management.  Hernandez has a great passion for developing leaders of tomorrow and brings her spunk and enthusiasm to the classroom!

Hernandez has over 10 years of professional Human Resource Management experience in various industries such as Manufacturing, Customer Service and Banking.  During this time she has trained and mentored employees at all levels within the organizations.


Hernandez is the Foundation Director for the West Central Arkansas Society for Human Resource Management (WCASHRM) chapter, where she has served for 3 years, as well as committee member for the Pinnacle Award Winning “Managers’ Seminar” held annually in Hot Springs, AR. 

Mr. Lonnie Jackson

Instructor of Management

MBA Director



Mr. Lonnie Jackson graduated from Henderson State University (HSU) with a B.S. in Management in 1985 and earned his MBA from Henderson in 1997.  He earned a Certified Business Advisor designation in 2006 through the University of Toledo.  He worked for Dillard’s Dept Stores for five years. 


Jackson and his wife have owned Print Mania in Arkadelphia since 1992.  At Print Mania responsibilities include all functions of management, payroll, personnel, production, sales and marketing.  Print Mania has grown from first year revenues of approximately $100,000 to current revenue of approximately $1,500,000 annually.  Print Mania employs an average of 20 people, including an outside salesperson who maintains regional sales accounts. 


Jackson was Center Director at the HSU Small Business and Technology Development Center for ten years before joining the school of business faculty in August of 2010.  As Center Director of the Henderson State University Small Business and Technology Development Center responsibilities included working with area businesses and potential businesses in relation to managing, marketing, finances, and personnel. Also assisted in planning new businesses, and helped in problem solving for existing businesses.  


The Center Director was originally a three quarter time position; the Center Director is now full-time and the office has since been able to add a training coordinator, business consultant and part-time secretary.  While Mr. Jackson was still Center Director in 2009, the HSU SBTDC consulted 180 business clients, delivered 58 training events to 600 participants and assisted with capital formation of nearly $11,000,000. 


Jackson developed strategic partnerships with Southern Capital Partners, Home Depot, Clark County, the City of Arkadelphia, the Arkadelphia Regional Alliance and area financial institutions that resulted in additional funding for SBTDC programs.  

Lonnie Jackson, Instructor of Management

Ms. Lisa Massey
Instructor of Accounting 



Mrs. Lisa Massey is a native of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in 1996 and her Masters of Business Administration in 2011, both from Henderson State University.

Massey has worked in the public accounting field for 10 years and has assisted businesses with various accounting and software –related issues.  In 2006, she became a Certified Public Accountant.  

 has established her own accounting firm and continues to practice public accounting.  One of her core values is service to others.  She has been and continues to serve on boards of non-profit agencies and various civic organizations. 


Lisa Massey, Instructor of Accounting

Dr. David Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. David Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Finance

Ms. Roslyn Roberts

Assistant Professor of Accounting



Ms. Roberts has taught accounting at Australian and Asian universities for over 12 years before moving to the US in 2013 to be closer to family in Arkansas. During her teaching career in Australia, Ms Roberts frequently traveled to Asia to teach financial reporting at a partner university in Hong Kong. Specializing in International Financial Reporting Standards and the convergence project between the IASB and FASB, Ms. Roberts is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has also instructed in the Financial Reporting module for CPA candidates in Australia. Ms. Roberts currently teaches Principles of Accounting A and B and the MBA level Accounting for Business and Financial Management at Henderson.


Ms Roberts received her Bachelor of Financial Administration and Masters of Professional Studies (Peace) from University of New England, NSW, Australia and is in her final year of PhD studies in Accounting with the University of Sydney, Australia. Her research interests are in the valuation and measurement of goodwill and its subsequent impairment with additional research interests in accounting education.


Prior to entering teaching in 2001, Ms. Roberts was a trust account auditor of a number of holiday resort properties as well as consulting to a variety of small businesses.



Mr. R. C. Smith

Instructor of Business



Mr. R.C. Smith earned a BS in Accounting from Kansas University in 1983 and a Masters in Management from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1992.  


Upon graduation from KU, Mr. Smith accepted a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. After Flight School, he spent four and one-half years as a Bombardier/Navigator flying the A-6E Intruder, including two Mediterranean cruises (and over 300 arrested landings) flying off the USS John F. Kennedy.  


Upon completion of the second cruise, Mr. Smith was assigned as the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) at the Naval Reserve Officers Training (NROTC) Unit at Northwestern University.As MOI, then-Captain Smith taught Military History and Leadership courses at the University, as well as serving as the Unit’s Operations Officer and later Executive Officer.In addition to these on-campus roles, Captain Smith also served one summer as a Platoon Commander at USMC Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Virginia. 


After graduation from Kellogg, Mr. Smith resigned his commission in the Marine Corps in 1992 in order to accept a position in the Mergers & Acquisition Group in Credit Suisse First Boston’s Investment Banking division in New York City.After learning the business with CSFB, Mr. Smith ascended quickly through the industry before retiring as Head of Mergers and Acquisitions for SunTrust Banks, the ninth largest commercial bank in the US.During his time in the business, Mr. Smith worked on a variety of transactions, including defense advisories, buy- and sell-side advisories, hostile cross-border transactions and IPO’s, with deal size ranging from tens of millions to billions of dollars.  


In 2001, Smith retired and returned to Oden, Arkansas, where he bought the family farm, which he immediately began revitalizing.He sold most of the crossbred cow herd and began building a internationally recognized herd of registered brangus through utilization of artificial insemination and embryo transfer.In the ensuing years Mr. Smith has bred the breed’s International Champion and Show Heifer of the Year, as well as two different bulls who have ranked very highly in the world.  


Smith also owns and operates RC Smith Advisors, a boutique advisory shop which focuses on providing Wall Street execution capabilities to middle market M&A deals.


R. C. Smith, Instructor of Business

Dr. Mike Watters
Louis Dawkins Professor of Accounting


Professor Watters received his B.B.A. in accounting and M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington; and a D.B.A. in accounting from Mississippi State University. He has certification as a certified public accountant from Texas. Professor Watters has written over thirty articles, many in the areas of assurance services, fraud prevention and detection and auditor liability. He worked for three years in the Dallas office of KPMG.    




Dr. Mike Watters, Professor of Accounting

Dr. Jennifer Zarzosa

Assistant Professor of Marketing



Dr. Zarzosa earned her Ph.D. in Marketing from New Mexico State University. She received her MBA degree from Fairfield University and Bachelor of Science in business administration from Fordham University. 


Previous to joining Henderson, Dr. Zarzosa was a marketing lecturer for University of New Mexico and a graduate assistant for New Mexico State University. In addition to her teaching experience, Dr. Zarzosa has industry experience as a customer relationship manager and sales support manager at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a world leader in the design and manufacture of helicopters. 


Dr. Zarzosa’s research interests include advertising and marketing communications. Her research focuses on consumers’ responses to aesthetic strategies in advertising.  Her work has been published in Evolutionary Psychology and she has presented at conferences such as Association for Consumer Research and Society for Consumer Psychology. In 2011, she received the AMA Foundation Valuing Diversity Award. In 2013, she was a Sheth Consortium Fellow. Dr. Zarzosa is also a member of the PhD project.  

Ms. Crystal Campbell 

Administrative Specialist III 

Dean's Office

Mooney Hall 309


Crystal Campbell, Administrative Specialist III

Ms. Arsala Khan

Administrative Assistant II
Dean's Office
Mooney Hall 309

Arsala Khan, Administrative Assistant II
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