Before attending college, I spent four years as an enlisted member of the United States Marine Corps. Thanks to the GI Bill, I was able to be the first member of my family to pursue a university degree. I received my B.S. in Accounting from the University of Alabama in 1982. I then accepted a position with Internal Revenue Service. During my employment with IRS, I returned to school to pursue my MBA, which I received from Jacksonville State University in 1987. I left IRS in July 1988 to attend Middle Tennessee State University on a full-time basis to pursue my Doctor of Arts in Economics, which I received in 1990. I taught for one year at MTSU in the Department of Economics and Finance. I then accepted a position at Morehead State University in Kentucky, where I spent three years in the Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance. I then returned to Alabama to pursue a consulting career on a full-time basis. I opened a tax practice and consulted in the area of General and Environmental Economics. However, I missed teaching, so I accepted a part-time position with a community college and taught Accounting and Economics. In 1998, I joined UMUC as a member of the Russian Undergraduate Program. I spent the 1998/1999 academic year in Vladivostok, Russia. This was probably one of the most fulfilling periods for me as a Lecturer. When UMUC stopped offering on-site instruction, I joined the Asian Division. Since joining the Asian Division, I have been stationed in Korea and Japan.
I've been with UMUC, in Russia, and now in Asia since August 1998. During that time, I've seen many changes and rapid developments. I feel that my experiences with UMUC provide me with a background that can benefit faculty, not only in Asia, but throughout the UMUC community.