Dr. Kathy Smith
Previously, Dr. Smith taught at TAMU, the University of Mississippi and Murray State University before joining the A&M-Corpus Christi Department of Management and Marketing faculty. Her teaching and research interest include digital marketing, mobile marketing and corporate social responsibility.
“I am honored to be part of the pioneering vision of the RELLIS Campus, as Texas A&M System regional universities join forces in one location. RELLIS provides an exciting opportunity to engage with students in an entirely different way.”
Dr. Yu-Shan (Sandy) Huang
Dr. Huang enjoys teaching and interacting with students and she strives to create interactive learning experiences that help students achieve their goals. Her research focuses on the management of interfaces between frontline employees and customers and her work has been published in different peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Applied Psychology and Journal of Services Marketing.
“As an unique collaborative initiative, RELLIS campus offers an exciting opportunity to create synergy in both faculty research and student learning. It is a great privilege and honor to be part of this initiative working to make a positive influence on society.”
Dr. Swint Friday
Dr. Friday completed a degree in Mathematics with teacher certification at Texas State University and went on to teach middle school math prior to pursuing his Masters in Economics and Doctorate in Finance at Florida State University. From there he served as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of South Alabama for four years and then in 2000 had the opportunity to return to Texas as an Associate Professor of Finance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Currently, he teaches finance with primary teaching interests in personal finance, investments and security analysis and portfolio management.
“Undoubtedly, the partnership between Texas A&M System regional universities and Blinn College will be a great success as it allows students to stay in the area and pursue a bachelor’s degree from a university. The pace and scope of the development of the campus is phenomenal and inspiring to me, and I see great opportunity in being among the first faculty members to participate in this exciting venture.”
Dr. John De Leon
Dr. De Leon earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. Prior to coming to RELLIS, Dr. De Leon was an Assistant Professor of Management at Tarleton State University. His research interests include innovation, legitimacy, and strategic human resource management.
“RELLIS offers a unique and valuable opportunity for students to take courses from some of the best programs within the A&M System in a unique ecosphere created by our flagship school. I am excited to be a part of this exciting concept.”
Dr. Lawrence Murphy Smith
Dr. Lawrence Murphy Smith’s academic record includes over 200 journal articles, 23 books and monographs, 175 academic conference presentations, 37 research grants, and 28 awards and special recognitions for teaching and research, such as the Outstanding Educator Award from the Texas Society of CPAs. His work has been reported in various news media, including National Public Radio, Fortune, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.
“For me, teaching on the RELLIS Campus is a wonderful opportunity to benefit the lives of students from across Texas, the nation and the world. We’ll be training students for high-demand jobs in accounting, finance, marketing and other excellent career fields. In their future careers, RELLIS graduates will make a positive impact on their professions and on society at large.”
Dr. D. Larry Crumbley
Dr. Crumbley has written more than 360 articles and 65 books, including 13 educational novels. He was named as one of the only 24 Pioneers of the Profession in their Industry Titans Financial Consultants by NACVA in 2016; AAA Forensic Accounting Section Lifetime Achievement Award, 2015; Distinguished Contribution to the Development of Forensic Accounting, April 2018, University of Toronto; the 2010 Federation of Business Disciplines Outstanding Educator Award; and the Society of Louisiana CPA Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award in 2007. He founded both the American Taxation Association and Forensic Accounting Sections of the American Accounting Association, served as President for 4 American Accounting Association sections, and has served on the AAA council for 6 years.