Faculty & Staff

The College of Business faculty is committed to bringing our students a combination of real-world experience and cutting-edge scholarship in order to create the best possible learning environment. The staff provides students with the resources they need to get the most out of their college experience.

Jennifer Yruegas, JD

Jennifer Yruegas, JD

Dean College of Business | General Counsel

business@pacificU.edu
503-352-2236

Jennifer Yruegas is Dean for the College of Business in addition to Pacific University’s General Counsel and previously served as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources.

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In addition to being the Dean, Jennifer is also Pacific University’s General Counsel and previously served as the Associate Vice President of Human Resources. She has 20+ years’ experience in both the tech and the sportswear industries providing legal, business development, international trade and human resources advice. She received a double degree from Pacific University in Biology and English and a juris doctorate degree from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College. She is also a registered patent attorney. Jennifer has founded two non-profits, one while a student at Pacific and was CEO of a joint venture between Motorola and InFocus. Jennifer has diverse expertise that spans five continents with multi-national companies like Nike, InFocus, Viewpoint and Keen Footwear.

Jennifer has a passion for teaching, having taught both Business Principals and International Intellectual Property at the Lewis and Clark law school for several years. Her personal interests include fishing, writing and gardening.

JD, Lewis and Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, 1999

BS, Biology & English, Pacific University, 1996

Christian Calderon, MBA

Christian Calderon, MBA

Assistant Professor, Management

CCalderon@pacificU.edu
503-352-3082

Professor Calderon earned his BE in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York and his MBA with an emphasis in International Management from Fordham University both in NYC. He also completed Ph.D. coursework in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the University of Memphis.

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Professor Calderon earned his BE in Civil Engineering from the City College of New York and his MBA with an emphasis in International Management from Fordham University both in NYC. He also completed Ph.D. coursework in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at the University of Memphis. 

Professor Calderon’s teaching interests include Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, and Diversity. He has been published in the Journal of Management and condensed as a Research Brief by the Center for Executive Succession at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. 

Before entering academia, Professor Calderon worked for over 15 years at The Turner Corporation, an ENR top three construction company in NYC, and at an international consulting firm in Miami. His work experience includes Construction & IT Project Management, Business Analysis, Corporate Recruitment, Training, & Mentoring. A native of Peru, Professor Calderon speaks Spanish fluently and has a passion for traveling and coaching. 

Fan Chen, PhD

Fan Chen, PhD

Associate Professor, Finance

fchen@pacificU.edu
503-352-1470

Dr. Chen has been teaching undergraduate and graduate finance courses at three different schools since 2012 and received the Price Finance Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Oklahoma.

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His primary fields of specialization are Corporate Finance, Market Microstructure, and Energy Economics. Dr. Chen’s research has been published in the Journal of Financial Research, Energy Economics, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, and Journal of Economics and Business. His paper on mergers and acquisitions was awarded the Journal of Economics and Business best paper prize in 2020. He also has one best conference paper award and two semifinalist best conference paper awards along with an impressive list of international presentations, including the European Finance Association and Financial Management Association annual conferences.

Dr. Chen has been heavily involved with advising students at previous institutions as well as a member of numerous academic and finance associations. Some of his advisees’ achievements include Pacific University Outstanding Graduate 2021, Robert Barry Carson Best Paper Award and SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Fan was the 2019 Faculty Development Awards, and 2020 and 2021 Story-Dondero award recipients which honor Pacific University faculty proposals for research and scholarship.

Education

  • PhD in Finance, University of Oklahoma (Price College of Business), August 2014
  • MS in Finance, Singapore Management University, Singapore, 2009
  • MA in Economics, Xiamen University (Wang Ya’nan Institute for Studies in Economics), China, 2009
  • BA in Financial Engineering, Xiamen University, China, 2006

Publications

1. How a New Bond Issuance Affects the Liquidity of A Bond Portfolio. (with Duane Stock). Journal of Fixed Income Fall (2021). https://doi.org/10.3905/jfi.2021.1.117

2. The Wealth Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions on Bondholders: New Evidence from the Over-the-Counter Market, (with Krishnan Ramaya and Wei Wu). Journal of Economics and Business 107, January-February, (2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeconbus.2019.105862

  • Journal of Economics and Business Best Paper Award-2020

3. The Impact of New Debt Offerings on Existing Corporate Bondholders, (with Duane Stock). Journal of Financial Research. (2018) Vol.41 (3), p.383-410. https://doi.org/10.1111/jfir.12157

  • Semifinalist for the Best Paper Award in Corporate Finance, Financial Management Association-2016.

4. Pre-trade Transparency in Over-the-Counter Bond Markets, with Zhuo Zhong, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal 45, October, (2017): 14-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pacfin.2016.08.001

  • Best Paper Award sponsored by Capital Markets CRC, the 5th Behavioral Finance and Capital Markets Conference-2015.

5. Investment and Operating Choice: Oil and Natural Gas Futures Prices and Drilling Activity, with Scott Linn, Energy Economics 66, August, (2017): 54-68. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2017.05.012

6. The Wealth Effects of Dividend Announcements on Bondholders: New Evidence from the Over-the-counter Market, Journal of Economics and Business 86, July-August, (2016): 52-75. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeconbus.2016.04.003

  • Semifinalist for the Best Paper Award in Corporate Finance, Financial Management Association-2012.
Laura McNally, CPA

Laura McNally, CPA

Assistant Professor, Accounting

LMcnally@pacificU.edu
503-352-2808

Professor Laura McNally completed her BBA in Accounting from the University of Hawaii in 1982. She earned her Master’s in Business Administration in 1995 at the University of South Dakota.

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She began her career as an accountant for Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu. After passing the CPA exam she worked for KPMG of Honolulu in audit and left as an audit manager. She taught accounting at Black Hills State University in South Dakota for six years before opening her own CPA practice which she owned until July of 2017. She loves the all outdoor activities, traveling worldwide and cooking. She has 2 children.

Hyun Jeong Min, PhD

Hyun Jeong Min, PhD

Associate Professor, Marketing

HJMin@pacificU.edu
503-352-1474

Dr. Min received her B.A. and M.A. in Mass Communications from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea and Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing from the University of Utah.

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Before pursuing her Ph.D., she worked as a researcher at Gallup Korea in Seoul.

Her primary research interests are in the field of Consumer Behavior. Specifically, she is interested in identity construction through various consumption practices such as dieting and fashion, global consumer culture, and medical consumption. Dr. Min’s teaching interests are quite diverse including Principles of Marketing, Advertising, Consumer Behavior, and Marketing Research. In her free time, she likes to watch movies.

Zhuoming Peng, PhD

Zhuoming Peng, PhD

Professor, Finance

zpeng@pacificU.edu
503-352-1462

Dr. Peng received his PhD in Finance from Texas Tech University. Although Dr. Peng has been teaching finance for more than 15 years, he continues to make significant changes and improvements to pedagogy and continues to embrace innovative teaching.

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He has been actively engaged in peer-reviewed research with a strong pedagogical anchor that falls under Boyers’ category of “Scholarship of Teaching and Learning”, and he has had a total of 12 peer-reviewed journal publications to date. Dr. Peng’s service contributions have been significant and substantial demonstrating his tireless commitment to the COB and PU. He helped establish the university and COB’s first ever student-managed investment fund, The Boxer Opportunity Fund, where he currently serves as the faculty mentor.
Krishnan Ramaya, PhD

Krishnan Ramaya, PhD

Faculty Chair, Professor, Management

kramaya@pacificU.edu
503-352-1473

Dr. Krishnan Ramaya is currently researching on competitive advantage, value creation, technology management and, more recently, healthcare management. His work has appeared in the Global Business and Finance Review, the Journal of Transnational Management, the Academy of Strategic Management Journal and The Permanente Journal.

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Dr. Ramaya also provides consultation services in the areas of strategy and competitive advantage. He teaches both undergraduate and graduate students, including the capstone business strategy, international business, technology management and small business management. He earned his undergraduate degree in business, an MBA with a concentration in marketing, and a PhD in strategic management, all from the University of Kansas.

Education

  • PhD in strategic management and International Business, University of Kansas School of Business, Lawrence, Kan.
  • MBA with a concentration in marketing, University of Kansas School of Business, Lawrence, Kan.
  • BS in business administration with a concentration in economics, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
Hossein Rikhtehgar Berenji, PhD

Hossein Rikhtehgar Berenji, PhD

Assistant Professor, Operations Management

hossein@pacificu.edu
503-352-3086

Hossein Rikhtehgar Berenji is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management in the College of Business, Pacific University. He earned his Ph.D. in Operations & Business Analytics and his Master of Science in Decision Sciences from the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon.

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Hossein’s research interests fall broadly in supply chain management and data analytics with applications in sustainability, humanitarian operations and crisis management, and healthcare operations. His research has appeared in premier refereed journals such as Production and Operations Management. He has received the “Best Problem-Driven Analytical Research Paper” award twice from the Decision Sciences Institute for his research on “contracting for social & environmental responsibility” and “vaccine development at the pandemic speed”.  Hossein has also received the “Junior Faculty Award” from the Western Decision Sciences Institute. His dissertation has been selected as a finalist for the Ellwood Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award Competition by the Decision Sciences Institute. He has also been selected as a Paul R. Lawrence Fellow by the Case Research Foundation.

Hossein has taught Business Analytics, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management, and Information Systems. As a sole instructor, he received three teaching awards, two at the college-level (Robin & Roger Best Teaching Award) and the other at the university-level (Kimble Teaching Award) at the Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon. His recent pedagogic research on “Online Games with Stochastic Factors & New Feedback Structures to Enhance Student Engagement and Learning” has been awarded the Teaching Advancement and Research Grant in Educational Technology (TARGET) by Pacific University.

Hossein has been involved in professional societies and has participated and contributed to the organization of several conferences. He has also served the Production & Operations Management Society (POMS) as Vice President of Colleges and as a member of the POMS Conference program committee.

Prior to joining academia, Hossein worked as a senior management consultant. He led a team of consultants in various projects, such as redesigning supply chains and operations, developing procurement plans, providing guidance for international negotiations and contracting with overseas suppliers, and developing business and marketing plans. He worked with a diverse team of engineers and business managers in various industries, including but not limited to car manufacturing, energy, metal fabrication, entertainment, and healthcare. Hossein also taught a variety of executive programs in private institutions and colleges. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a B.S in Industrial Engineering.

Research Awards & Grants

  • Junior Faculty Award, Western Decision Sciences Institute | 2022
  • “Best Problem-Driven Analytical Research Paper” Award, Decision Sciences Institute | 2021
  • Paul R. Lawrence Fellow, Case Research Foundation | 2021
  • Teaching Advancement and Research Grant in Educational Technology (TARGET), Pacific University | 2021
  • Story-Dondero Professional Research Grant, College of Business, Pacific University | 2021
  • Finalist, Ellwood Buffa Doctoral Dissertation Award, Decision Sciences Institute | 2020
  • Faculty Development Grants, Pacific University | 2020
  • “Best Problem-Driven Analytical Research Paper” Award, Decision Sciences Institute | 2019
  • Doctoral Research Grant, Lundquist College of Business | 2018
  • Robin & Roger Best Research Awards, Lundquist College of Business | 2016 – 2018
  • Summer Research Scholarship, Lundquist College of Business| 2014 – 2018

Teaching Awards

  • Robin & Roger Best Teaching Award, Lundquist College of Business | 2019
  • Kimble Teaching Award, Graduate School, University of Oregon | 2017
  • Robin & Roger Best Teaching Award, Lundquist College of Business | 2017

Professional Society Positions: 

  • Vice President for Colleges, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) | 2022 – now
  • Member, Conference Program Committee, Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) | 2021 – 2023

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Sehan Kim, PhD

Sehan Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Sehan Kim is an assistant professor of accounting at Pacific University. His research explores the role of accounting information in corporate governance, executive compensation, and capital markets. Dr. Kim received his PhD in Accounting from University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a MS in Statistics from Purdue University, and a BA in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University.

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Before entering academia, he was an equity analyst with Citigroup and Morgan Stanley covering financial institutions and consumer sectors in Asia Pacific and South Korea. He was also an associate market strategist with Citigroup.

Dr. Kim currently teaches Advanced Accounting and Managerial Accounting. He previously taught Intermediate Accounting, Accounting Theory & Research, and Principles of Financial Accounting at University of Houston – Clear Lake and State University of New York at Fredonia.

Charlie Bailey, JD

Charlie Bailey, JD

Adjunct Professor

charlie.bailey@pacificU.edu

Charlie Bailey is a Circuit Court judge and is the former Presiding Judge of Washington County Circuit Court. He has been a judge since 2006.

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After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated from the University of Oregon’s undergraduate and law schools. Prior to becoming a judge he was a prosecutor working on Child Abuse cases. In addition to being the Presiding Judge, Judge Bailey also served as the Chief Civil Judge and has served on many statewide organizations involving judicial work. Judge Bailey really enjoys teaching Business Law.

Alessandra Govi, MBA

Alessandra Govi, MBA

Assistant Director of Marketing & Admissions

govia@pacificu.edu
503-352-2187

A Pacific University alumna, Ally now supports students through the admissions process for the MBA program.

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Ally completed her undergraduate degree at Pacific University. As a first-generation student, she double majored in Spanish and business administration with concentrations in marketing and international business. She was a transfer student from Kapiolani Community College, yet international as she is originally from Italy. In this position, she assists students who are interested in completing an MBA, by supporting them, mentoring and helping them through the process. Connect with Ally today to learn more about the MBA!

Education

B.A. Pacific University of Oregon | Business Administration & Spanish

Publications

España y Estados Unidos: Las publicidades y la desnudez en la televisión España y Estados Unidos: Las publicidades y la desnudez en la televisión

— IJURCA: International Journal of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, Sept. 3, 2020