School of Global Business Presents Research Symposium, Nov. 14

By Purnell T. Cropper | November 5, 2012

The School of Global Business invites the campus and community to its second Research Symposium on Wednesday, November 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Dining Room, coordinated by Dr. Zaneta Chapman, Assistant Professor of Business Administration.

The symposium series is designed to enhance and support faculty research, encourage faculty-student research collaboration, allow students to advance their presentation and communication skills, and provide opportunities for scholars in the community to share their research at Arcadia.

The event will feature presentations from Dr. Gerald (Jerry) R. Ledlow, a healthcare executive and professor at Georgia Southern University, and Dr. Pat Obi, a finance consultant and professor at Purdue University Calumet.

Presenting “Compatibility and Trust in Strategic Relationships,” Ledlow is a board-certified healthcare executive and a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has been a leader and manager of health organizations for more than 27 years, including 15 years as a practitioner and more than 12 years as an academically-based instructor and scholar. Ledlow is an associate professor and graduate faculty member at Georgia Southern University and has authored/co-authored six books. He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma, an MHA from Baylor University, and a BA in Economics from the Virginia Military Institute.

Obi is a Professor of Finance at Purdue University Calumet and a financial consultant for the City of Hammond, Indiana. His areas of expertise include corporate finance, financial analysis and planning, business and project valuation, performance evaluation, financial and economic impact analysis, and risk management.

The author of more than 40 scholarly publications, Obi has served as a visiting scholar for several international universities and has presented on various aspects of the financial and debt crises at international conferences and community forums. He is the recipient of several research and teaching awards. In addition to serving on the board of local nonprofit organizations, he also consults for local businesses and governments and offers regular financial workshops at community centers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. Obi earned a PhD in Finance and Econometrics from the University of Mississippi.

Obi will present “A Global View of the U.S. Public Debt Crisis: Causes and Remedies,” which will offer a brief historical perspective on how U.S. national debt has grown in recent years into a level where it has surpassed the GDP. It will conclude with description of a heuristic model- nontechnical in nature- on how to resolve the crisis long term.

Refreshments will be provided. Contact Dr. Zaneta Chapman at with any questions.