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During her time away from HPU, she enhanced her professional and academic credentials by becoming a seasoned business faculty member, administrator, national director of a large non-profit organization, and a PhD.   With a combination of scholarly and corporate experience and a passion for developing leaders, Dr. Butler has earned a reputation as an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and inspiring professor. Prior to rejoining the PSB, she was a full-time management instructor at Elon University. Her teaching engages students, and her teaching philosophy promotes experiential learning, professional partnerships, leader development, ethics and social responsibility, intercultural competence, and global awareness. Dr. Butler also previously served at Bennett College as Assistant Professor of Business and Diversity and the first Executive Director of Entrepreneurship. At Bennett she taught various business courses, created an academic minor, established and directed the Entrepreneurship Institute for Young Women, developed a regional championship-winning Students in Free Enterprise competition team, and led students on business and leadership trips nationally and internationally.   For the Phillips School of Business, Dr. Butler teaches Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior, Leadership, and Work Teams in Organizations. She has taught a myriad of undergraduate and graduate business and management courses over her career. Her interests also include executive leader development, women’s leadership, management diversity, and management consulting.   Dr. Butler is a talented public speaker with several professional and academic affiliations and honors. She presents at conferences and in the community and has served on various boards in the arts, leadership, mental health, faith-based, and non-profit organizations. She is a member of the Academy of Management, Society of Human Resource Management, INROADS Alumni, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity Alumni, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, among other organizations.   Dr. Butler earned her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies with a focus on Organizational Leadership and Management from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, her B.A. in Management, as well as a B.A. in Accounting from North Carolina State University, and her Master of Religion with a Counseling and Psychology concentration from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 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His current research investigates the funding and development of innovative firms as they grow, transition from private to public entities, and form alliances. Dr. Forshey had a refereed article about positive ethical organizations published in the Journal of Business Ethics. He presented those findings at the Academy of Management Annual Conference.   The Earl N. Phillips School of Business (PSB) was most pleased to place Dr. Forshey on the PSB Strategic Planning Committee to utilize his strategic management skills. Past and present service to HPU also includes the Assurance of Learning Committee and QEP Steering Committee.   Dr. Forshey joined HPU in 2012 after completing his Ph.D. and working in the corporate world. His past positions include working for:   • Ingersoll-Rand Corporation as a product support manager • Komatsu America International Company as a business support manager and a customer support / distributor development manager • Hitachi Construction Machinery America as a regional product support manager   He also has extensive work experience as a corporate trainer. He hones those same educator skills in the HPU classroom where he now teaches strategic management and organizational behavior / HR courses.   Dr. Forshey earned his Ph.D. in Management Science at the University of Wisconsin. At the Pennsylvania State University he earned an M.Ed. in Vocational Education with a Concentration in Organizational Development and Training and two concurrent B.S. degrees in Vocational Education and Rehabilitation Serves Education (Undergraduate Counseling degree). 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Attorney, small business owner with half a million in sales a year, Air National Guardsman, he eventually tied these all together to become an International Contracts Negotiator for Hawker Beechcraft Corporation. From there he pursued a Management Ph.D. and now bestows his wealth of knowledge on the HPU students fortunate enough to take his classes.   Dr. Hirth teaches Business Law and Strategic Management at HPU. He serves on the Assurance of Learning Committee and HPU Honor Court. Previously he taught Business Strategy and Planning as well as Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development at the University of Arkansas. He also taught intensive English at Dell English International in Beijing, China.   Dr. Hirth is currently doing research on 1) group lending among microfinance borrowers and 2) how corporate bylaws provide insight into CEO/Board power. Previous research topics include:   • Bricolage – making do with what is at hand • Does microlending affect innovation and entrepreneurship? Evidence from Ethiopia. • Exploring the roles of innovation in institutional entrepreneurship • Board faultlines and firm performance • Promoting the right kind of entrepreneurship to achieve sustainable economic growth   Dr. Hirth earned his Ph.D. in business administration (management) from the University of Arkansas. His Juris Doctorate and MBA with a concentration in international business were earned at the University of Kansas. He obtained his B.S. in history with a minor in psychology from Truman State University. 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Dr. Stoutner was an undergraduate major in music who trained to be an opera singer, so like any successful musician he learned early on how to be entrepreneurial, how to manage his time and resources, and how to be highly disciplined. Shifting to the academic field of management for his advanced degrees was a logical progression for him.   Dr. Stoutner’s research interests lie in roles, risk evaluation/behavior, group and team effectiveness, and gamification of work. He is currently working on several research projects that explore historical trends in leadership. The first project looks at the history of the U.S. public radio industry and its leaders’ responses to discontinuous change. Specifically, he is studying how leaders within that industry make sense of the artifacts they have come to know and understand, and how that sense-making may influence their perception of disconfirmatory new information. Another project explores warhorse valuation during the reign of King Edward the First. Edward was involved in military conflicts during much of his reign. Dr. Stoutner is studying how those conflicts may have influenced warhorse supply and valuation. On a more modern level, he is doing research that clarifies the role of gamification (introducing game elements or game design principles in the workplace) in intrinsic motivation.   During his academic career, Dr. Stoutner has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels teaching Business Ethics and Leadership Development; Leadership, Management, and Organizational Behavior; Introduction to HR Management; Organizational Development and Change; HR Management; and Positive Group and Organizational Development. At HPU he teaches Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior and an MBA course in Global Leadership.   As a teacher, Dr. Stoutner says that he strives to be the kind of professor who challenges students and has a sense of humor, someone who provides a positive and safe classroom space for exploration and learning. He endeavors to be rigorous but fair, creative but purposeful. His motivation is to help foster a classroom environment filled with collaborative learning, where students are willing to share and emboldened to take risks.   Dr. Stoutner earned his B.A. in Music from the University of Iowa, his MBA from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, and his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. 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Dr. Tofanelli was named Chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship in August 2018.   Prior to accepting a full-time position with High Point University, Dr. Tofanelli was the Practice Administrator of the largest cardiology practice in central North Carolina, headquartered in High Point with practice sites across the region. Before this, Dr. Tofanelli was Managing Partner of his own consulting firm, a multi-faceted healthcare management consulting group with special expertise in health plan contracting, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Before beginning his consulting firm, Dr. Tofanelli enjoyed ten years as a senior executive with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, where he was responsible for overseeing their national contracting effort. Dr. Tofanelli’s other experience includes a vice president position at MedMark Services, Inc., overseeing the construction, staffing and operations of outpatient medical treatment facilities. Dr. Tofanelli was also the chief executive officer of one of Kaiser Permanente’s largest medical treatment facilities.   Dr. Tofanelli earned his doctorate in organizational leadership from Northcentral University, his MS in systems management from the University of Denver, his MBA from Golden Gate University, and his BSBA from Our Lady of the Lake University. He is the author of three books, "Communication in Organizations", "Communication in a Business Setting", and "Cancer a Marriage and a Miracle", as well as numerous articles on leadership, communications theory and health care policy. Dr. Tofanelli has also been an invited guest speaker at numerous professional conferences. Dr. Tofanelli is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Medical Group Management Association. 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His areas of expertise include patient satisfaction, process improvement, lean processes, patient safety, revenue cycle operations and physician relations.   Over the last 23 years Dr. Page’s experience includes pharmaceutical sales, working in the start-up company that became Minute Clinic, serving as the Healthcare Administration Officer onboard a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, a leadership position in revenue cycle operations in the Texas Medical Center and serving as the Chief Operating Officer of a 125-bed community hospital. Page has also held leadership positions in post-acute care at a continuing care retirement community and at a rehabilitation and nursing center in the UNC Health System.   Dr. Page received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service while onboard the USS Nimitz during Operation Iraqi Freedom.   Dr. Page’s current and previous affiliations and board memberships include:   • Board Member American College of Healthcare Executives, Raleigh, NC Chapter • Board Member American College of Healthcare Executives, Charlotte, NC Chapter • Board Member of the Masters in Healthcare Administration Advisory Board, UNC Charlotte • Health Reach Community Clinic, Integrative Medicine Task Force Volunteer • Virginia B. Andes Volunteer Community Clinic, Committee Chair • Board Member American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management, Texas Chapter   Dr. Page teaches Introduction to Healthcare Management and Healthcare Systems and Policies at the undergraduate level and Healthcare Management and Human Resources in Healthcare at the graduate level.   Dr. Page earned his Doctorate in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; his MBA and MHA at the University of Minnesota; and his BA in Economics at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). 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Director, Strickland Women’s L.I.F.T. Fellowship, and Assistant Professor of Management
Associate Professor, Management
Assistant Professor of Management and Director of Business Fellows Program
Chair and Assistant Professor of the Practice of Management
Assistant Professor, Practice of Healthcare Management
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Management
Professor, Management and Entrepreneurship
Course Requirements 2022/2023
B.S.B.A. in Business Administration
Minor in Business Administration
B.S.B.A. in Business Administration
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 70
University Core Requirements 36-44
Electives 14-22
Total 128
Minor in Business Administration
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in Business Administration
Requirements for Minor in Business Administration
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in Business Administration
Course Course Title Credits
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 4
ACC 2020 Managerial Accounting 4
BUA 1050 Practical Excel for Business 1**
BUA 2000 Business Career Boot Camp 1
BUA 2990 Business Communications and Professional Development 4
ECO 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics 4***
ECO 2050 Principles of Microeconomics 4***
FIN 3010 Financial Management 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MGT 3220 Leadership 4
MGT 3280 Operations and Supply Chain Management 4
MGT 4990 Strategic Management 4
MKT 2110 Principles of Marketing and Personal Selling 4
MTH 1310, MTH 1410 Applied Mathematical Concepts for Business or Calculus I 4
STS 2610, STS 2910 Business Statistics and Analysis or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications 4
Select one course from the following list:
BUA/GBS 3100 Global Business 4*
ECO/GBS 3460 International Economics 4
ECO/GBS 4430 Comparative Economics 4
MKT 3750 International Marketing 4
MKT/GBS 3850 Marketing in Spain 4*
Course Descriptions
Choose additional courses that sum to 12 additional School of Business credits, excluding any courses that are graded pass/fail. At least 8 of the 12 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.

Complete a minor in the School of Business.

1. At least 50% of traditional business credit hours in this major must be completed at High Point University. Traditional business subjects include courses with the following prefixes: ACC, BUA, ECO, ENT, FIN, MGT, and MKT.

2. Students are encouraged also to consider internships, undergraduate research, or independent study in business, beyond the standard requirements. An internship does not count towards the major.

*Part of the study abroad program.

**Business majors should complete BUA 1050 by the end of their sophomore year

***ECO 2030 and ECO 2050 may not be used to meet the Social Sciences General Education Requirement. Students enrolled in any of the degree programs in the Phillips School of Business after 2021 must select a different course to meet the Social Sciences General Education Requirement.
Requirements for Minor in Business Administration
Course Course Title Credits
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 4
ECO 2030, ECO 2050 Principles of Macroeconomics or Principles of Microeconomics 4
FIN 3010 Financial Management 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MKT 2110 Principles of Marketing and Personal Selling 4
Course Descriptions
The Business Administration minor is open to all students except those obtaining a major within the School of Business.
Career Opportunities
The B.S.B.A. in Business Administration offers students 12 hours of elective credit to be chosen from any offering within the Earl N. Phillips School of Business. Multiple course combinations are possible, giving students the opportunity to tailor their business electives to meet their own personal or professional goals.

Career opportunities for graduates may be in areas where a broad base of knowledge is required (e.g., positions in management). However, a graduate may find opportunities in more specialized areas that he/she wishes to pursue. For example, a student who seeks a position in new product development may select operations management + market research + marketing management as electives, while a student interested in corporate recruitment/placement may choose to take human resources management + sales development + labor economics.
Student Outcomes
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Name: Jake German Hometown: Collegeville, Pennsylvania Year: Class of 2023 Major: Business administration with a minor in sales Internship: German joined the sales internship program at Continental in Fort Mill,…

Name: JP Pallaria Hometown: Windham, New Hampshire Year: Class of 2023 Major: Business administration with a minor in healthcare management Internship: Over the summer, Pallaria joined Fidelity Investments in Merrimack,…

Name: Jack Berg Hometown: Ashburn, Virginia Year: Class of 2024 Major: Business administration with minors in sales and entrepreneurship Internship: Berg spent the summer with Bell Partners in Greensboro, North…

Name: Zachary Williams Hometown: Marietta, Georgia Year: Class of 2026 Major: Sales and international business with a minor in business administration Internship: Williams worked with Tesla Motors in Atlanta, Georgia,…

Name: Francesca Riehl Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan Year: Class of 2023 Major: Business administration with a minor in sales and healthcare management Internship: Riehl works as a joint replacement sales…

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Name: Ashley Peterson Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota Year: Class of 2023 Major: Sales Internship: Peterson joins Gartner in Fort Myers, Florida, as a midsize enterprise sales intern for their high-tech…

Study Abroad
At High Point University, our emphasis on global perspectives is designed to provide students with opportunities to enhance their international awareness and to develop their cross-cultural communication skills. Study abroad is strongly encouraged as a part of this emphasis on global studies. With a variety of extraordinary options at some of the most prestigious universities in the world, students at High Point University are encouraged to study abroad as early as the summer after their freshman year. Employers are looking for more than just a degree; they want well-rounded individuals who have familiarity with diverse cultures, special skills, and knowledge of the world around them.
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