Advisory Panel

Accounting & Taxation

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMADavid George Vequist IV, Ph.D.

Business Fundamentals

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFEThomas Coe

Business Strategy

James Richardson, Ph.D.

Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Bob Cohen, MBA


Brian Kench, Ph.D.Derek Abrams


Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.


Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.

Information Technology

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.

International Business

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.

Operations Management

James J. Stewart, DScPedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.

Org Behavior & HR

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFE

Ralph Flanary joined the faculty of the College of Business at East Carolina University after more than thirty years of industry experience in accounting, finance, and general management. His experience at a Fortune 100 corporation includes directing a number of global businesses, serving on several boards of directors for joint venture companies in China, and serving as onsite general manager for a major joint venture manufacturing company in the PRC from 1999 to 2002. While working in China, he served on the board of the local international school and was instrumental in organizing and founding a local Chamber of Commerce for foreign-owned enterprises.

Ralph has taught corporate finance, is currently teaching in the Leadership and Professional Development area, serves as the coordinator for graduate and undergraduate internships for academic credit, and has been a member of the College of Business Advisory Council since 1999. Extensive travel and experience in the Americas, Europe, and Asia allow him to bring examples of cultural, ethical, and other international business issues to classroom discussions. He received his BA in Business and Economics from Methodist University, his MBA from East Carolina University, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

Recent Reviews All Reviews

Power Loss in Japan

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Southwest Hangs Up Its Low-Cost Jersey

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Made in Memphis

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Alaska Lures Back Big Oil With Big Tax Breaks

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Student Debt

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