Faculty and Staff

Our African-American faculty are:

  • W.C. Benton, Edwin D. Dodd Professor of Management and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management at Fisher. He teaches courses in the business of health care, purchasing/supply management, manufacturing planning and control, operations analysis, and facility design. His research interests include purchasing and materials management and manufacturing planning and control.
  • James Hill, Associate Professor of Operations Management and chair of the College Educational and Professional Diversity Committee. His research interests include supply chain management. He teaches the MBA core course in Operations Management.
  • Tracy Dumas, Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources. She teaches courses on team performance and managerial negotiations. Her research interests address the relationship between employees’ personal and professional lives.
  • Cynthia Turner, Senior Lecturer in the Accounting and MIS department. She teaches Accounting Information Systems and is the co-author of Shapland and Turner Cases in Financial Accounting.

Our African-American staff include:

  • David Harrison, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Student Services at Fisher. His office supports Fisher’s diverse student organizations and provides tutoring assistance for undergraduate business courses.
  • Alida Smith, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications in the Office of Advancement.
  • Lorraine Pennyman, Assistant Director in the Undergraduate Leadership and Engagement Office.

Student Organizations

University Resources

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides a wide array of services on campus, such as financial aid, including the Morrill Scholars Program, tutoring, and pre-collegiate outreach programs. The Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center is a gathering place for African-American students on campus. The Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male offers a number of resources for students.

The Multicultural Center, housed in the Ohio Union, has a number of resources as well. The center also works with the above centers to create annual events to celebrate African-American culture such as: The African-American Heritage Festivalthe Pre-Kwanza Celebration and the African-American Farewell Celebration for all graduates. Katherine Betts is an Intercultural Specialist and liaison to African and African-American students.

Community Resources

ColumbusBlack is an organization that celebrates and honors influential African-American leaders and professionals in the community. The organization also recognizes young professionals as well and some students from Ohio State have been featured on multiple occasions.