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During his early career, he worked his way up as an accountant for Price Waterhouse for ten years, starting as an Audit Staff Accountant and moving through the ranks as an Audit Senior Accountant, Audit Manager, Audit Senior Manager, and eventually becoming a Group Financial Director for the company, before beginning his teaching career.   As the Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, Mr. Noxon manages all administrative functions and schedules, handles all academic and advising issues, develops and oversees strategic plans for his department, and serves as an advocate to help secure jobs for his students after graduation. He has been instrumental in arranging careers fairs, recruiting efforts, and professional networking opportunities. He not only sets up the opportunities, he makes extensive efforts to train and prepare his students.   Mr. Noxon currently holds a position on the Earl N. Phillips School of Business (PSB) Strategic Planning Committee. 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The PSB was fortunate that he accepted the full-time position, and everyone was delighted to have this talented teacher join the ranks. It seems that the people who know him cannot say his name without adding, “He’s such a nice guy,” to their sentence!   Dr. Tucker brings to the classroom his academic acumen and achievement, teamed with corporate experience. After earning his Ph.D., he began his finance career with GE Card Services as a risk analyst, performing financial and statistical data analyses utilizing SAS. He produced financial forecasts and loss projections based on economic trends. He next made the logical move into banking with BB&T. He progressed from quantitative analyst, to forecast coordinator, and finally to financial engineer.   While at BB&T, Dr. Tucker managed a financial derivatives modeling team and monitored financial data resources in Reuters and Bloomberg for financial instrument pricing purposes. He also forecasted balance sheet and income sensitivity to interest-rate movements, and developed and implemented stochastic income analysis. This experience that he shares with students is invaluable to their future careers in the corporate finance world.   Dr. Tucker has done research on re-organization versus liquidation decisions for small firms, as well as bankruptcy decisions.   He teaches courses at High Point University in Principles of Finance, as well as Financial Markets and Corporate Strategy in the MBA program.   Dr. Tucker earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, his M.B.A. from Wake Forest University, and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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His paper on the Fallout of the Financial Crisis: Impact on Accounting, Management, and Marketing was the winner of the Best Paper Award at the Financial Services Institute Symposium in NYC. Other works have been published in the journals: Advances in Business Research, Review of Business, Journal of Accounting and Finance, and Journal of Academy of Business and Economics.   Dr. Lifland joined HPU in 1998 and has taught courses in both the MBA and undergraduate academic programs including financial management, international finance, portfolio analysis, corporate strategy, investment analysis, financial analysis, capital budget development, and personal financial planning. His professional philosophy is to create a class environment where faculty and students have the ability to analyze a vast array of financial and economic data and the opportunity to conduct interactive activities that simulate the actions of professional managers, traders and financial institutions. He believes that success occurs where the discussion is intellectually stimulating and where students can question the applications they have learned in a variety of settings.   As advisor to the Floyd T. Craven Investment Club at HPU, Dr. Lifland has mentored students in the choice of investments for the significant funds the club manages. He was instrumental in the selection of and training in the software available in the Wilson School of Commerce stock trading room.   Dr. Lifland serves the Earl N. Phillips School of Business (PSB) on the Assurance of Learning Committee (AOL), the Curriculum Committee, and the Tenure and Promotion Standards Committee. He also is the PSB representative to the HPU University Senate.   Dr. Lifland earned his Ph.D. in Finance, his MBA in Finance, and his B.S. in Accounting at Old Dominion University. 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However, he has been sharing his expertise with High Point University business students since 2007 when he started working at HPU as an adjunct instructor in the Evening Degree Program. Since then, HPU students have benefited from his knowledge of the financial markets and corporate world, and now the PSB can finally claim him as one of their full-time faculty members.   Mr. James climbed the corporate finance ladder first working in the food industry, then the pharmaceutical industry, and eventually landing comfortably in the mattress industry. He began his professional career as a financial analyst with General Foods Corporation. This was followed by corporate finance positions of increasing responsibility at Bristol-Myers Squibb where he worked as Director of Financial Analysis and Director of Strategic Planning. Next, he joined Sealy, Inc. as VP of Planning and Development and held other senior management positions including VP of Business Development, and VP of International Administration, Mergers, and Acquisitions.   In 2005, Mr. James struck out on his own with a financial consulting business, while simultaneously working as a senior wealth advisor for Atlanta Capital Group, LLC. Mr. James holds Series 6, 22, 62, 63, and 65 securities licenses, and professional designations of a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) professional, and Certified Investment Management Analyst®(CIMA®) advisor. In 2007, he began as an adjunct instructor at HPU. Teaching part time awakened Mr. James’ desire to impart his knowledge on the next generation of finance students. As a result, he accepted a position as a full-time instructor at Elon University, teaching principles of finance, principles of investments, and MBA managerial finance courses. While there, he also served as the faculty advisor to the local chapter of the Financial Management Association.   At High Point University, Mr. James teaches financial management, corporate finance, and real estate investment analysis, and serves as co-advisor to the Floyd T. Craven Investment Club. He has been appointed as the faculty member to the HPU Retirement Committee.   Mr. James earned his BSBA in Finance and Industrial Management from the University of Richmond and his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. 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Phillips School of Business.   Dr. Wehrley’s focus is on “helping students help themselves.” His strong belief is that students have endless opportunities as long as they execute a well thought-out, intentional plan. The challenge for many students is to find their initial career directions and determine and execute on the skillset required.   This is why Dr. Wehrley spends much of his time on developing systems that help students with career exploration and direction. As part of this system, students are mentored to learn how to differentiate themselves through developing both hard and soft skills. To make sure the business school is advising students appropriately, the system has been developed based on extensive feedback from the business community.   Ultimately, Dr. Wehrley bases his success on the success of students. Helping students become successful is his focus, which guides his daily priorities.   As a teacher, he has received multiple teaching awards including the Meredith Clark Slane Distinguished Teaching / Service Award, the Alpha Chi Teaching Award, and the Exemplary Teacher Award presented by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church.   Before pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Wehrley worked in commercial lending and commercial real estate lending at First Florida Bank in Florida and in finance for Standard & Poor’s in Colorado. Dr. Wehrley currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the local Society of Financial Services Professionals and Hospice of the Piedmont. He also serves as High Point University’s liaison to the High Point Economic Development Corporation. 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Chair, Accounting and Finance & Jefferson Pilot Associate Professor of Accounting
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Finance
Carl Maneval Smith Business Professor of Accounting and Finance
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Finance

The finance major equips the student with qualitative and quantitative skills needed to measure, analyze and evaluate the value and performance of financial assets in multiple asset classes like equity, fixed income and real estate. Students learn to apply this knowledge in real-world financial decision-making in the field of personal wealth management, corporate finance and investment research. Integrated into the finance major are several experiential learning opportunities through national certification programs, such as Bloomberg and Envestnet Institute, the CFA Program, and internships.  This integrated approach to the major will prepare the students for careers in finance and/or graduate study.

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Course Requirements 2021/2022
Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Finance
Minor in Finance
Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Finance
Degree Requirements Credits
Major Requirements 70
University Core Requirements 50
Electives 17
Total 128
Minor in Finance
Minor Requirements Credits
Course Requirements 20
Total 20
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in Finance
Requirements for Minor in Finance
Requirements for B.S.B.A. in Finance
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
FIN 3015 Corporate Finance 4
FIN 4030 Financial Modeling 4
MGT 2220 Principles of Management and Organizational Behavior 4
MGT 3280 Operations and Supply Chain Management 4
MKT 2110 Principles of Marketing and Personal Selling 4
MTH 1310, MTH 1410 Applied Mathematical Concepts for Business or Calculus 4
STS 2610, STS 2910 Business Statistics and Analysis or Introduction to Statistical Analysis with SAS Applications 4
Select four courses from the following list:
ECO 4150 Econometrics 4
FIN 3020 Investment Analysis 4
FIN 3025 Fixed Income Analysis 4
FIN 3030 Real Estate Investment Analysis 4
FIN 3035 Financial Derivatives 4
MTH 3110 Mathematics of Finance 4*
Course Descriptions
Requirements for Minor in Finance
Course Course Title Credits
ACC 2010 Financial Accounting 4
FIN 3010 Financial Management 4
FIN 3015 Corporate Finance 4
Select two courses from the following list:
ECO 4150 Econometrics 4
FIN 3020 Investment Analysis 4
FIN 3025 Fixed Income Analysis 4
FIN 3030 Real Estate Investment Analysis 4
FIN 3035 Financial Derivatives 4
FIN 4030 Financial Modeling 4
MTH 3110 Mathematics of Finance 4*
*MTH 3110 has a prerequisite of MTH 1420 Calculus II.
*Business majors should complete BUA 1050 by the end of their sophomore year.

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.
Career Opportunities
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Student Outcomes

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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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