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BusinessBuzz is a business blog that features content written by faculty, staff and students from Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business. In addition to profiles about events, students and faculty on campus, you’ll also find great resources for online students or anyone interested in attending business school. Learn about the modern business landscape, and how business today continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of organizations and consumers in the 21st century. Check in every week for the latest news from the business community and around GCU.
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Randy Gibb, PhD

Dean, Colangelo College of Business

Dean of CCOB, Randy Gibb headshotRandy Gibb is the dean of the Colangelo College of Business at Grand Canyon University; he leads a college that offers academic programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Gibb is a former pilot and retired colonel, U.S. Air Force, having led two different flying squadrons, served as chair of the behavioral science and leadership department at the U.S. Air Force Academy and worked as a senior military professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology. He also was chair of the human and environmental systems department at Arizona State University. Dr. Gibb earned his BS from the USAF Academy, MSE from Arizona State University, MA from the Naval Command and Staff College and PhD from Arizona State University.

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Chuck Jarrell, PhD

Faculty, Colangelo College of Business

Chuck JerrellChuck Jarrell grew up in southern West Virginia and has undergraduate degrees in aerospace engineering and business administration, and an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from West Virginia University. He earned a PhD in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from Northcentral University.

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Donna L. DeMilia, PhD, CPA, CMA

Associate Professor of Accounting, Colangelo College of Business

Donna DeMilia-Head ShotDonna DeMilia is a dedicated accounting educator with over 20 years of experience in the classroom. She is able to bring her background in both public and private accounting to the classroom, and enjoys helping students to understand complex accounting situations through connecting them to real-life scenarios.

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Ernie Scarbrough, DBA

Associate Professor, Colangelo College of Business

Ernie Scarbrough headshotErnie Scarbrough, DBA, has been a professional pilot, cost analyst, transportation analyst, air traffic controller, copper miner, sailor, securities representative, portfolio manager, certified financial planner, certified investment management analyst and a university finance professor. His nonprofit experience includes: American Cancer Society, Sojourner Center (a domestic violence crisis shelter) and John C. Lincoln’s Desert Mission Board (food bank, etc.). He is also a member of Phoenix Police Department’s Administrative Review and Use of Force Board.

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Kelly K. Damron, CPA, MBA

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Colangelo College of Business

Kelly DamronKelly K. Damron, CPA, MBA, is an assistant professor of accounting at Grand Canyon University. She was the recipient of the Public Service Award from the Arizona Society of CPAs in 2010. Kelly teaches introductory financial accounting, managerial accounting and advanced level accounting courses. Kelly utilizes games and other practical activities in the classroom to help students understand the topic and connect it to real-world situations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Colorado State University and a Master of Business Administration from the W. P. Carey School of Business. She is the co-faculty advisor for the Collegiate DECA of GCU chapter.

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Kevin McClean, DPS

Faculty, Colangelo College of Business

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Dr. R. Kevin McClean, professor of marketing at Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) Colangelo College of Business, is in his 14th year of teaching at GCU. Dr. McClean teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he served as dean of the College of Business at GCU from 2012 to 2014.

Dr. McClean has presented to industry forums and conferences regarding energy deregulation, marketing management, project management and customer service, and was a contributor to an award-winning compendium on leadership challenges. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the “Canyon Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies,” and sponsors annual academic symposia and research colloquia. He was conferred a BA in History by King’s College; an MBA by St. John’s University; and a Doctor of Professional Studies by Pace University. He has been inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, honor society of collegiate schools of business; Omicron Delta Epsilon, international honor society in economics; and Delta Mu Delta, international honor society for business.

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Krystal Slivinski, MA

Assistant Professor, Colangelo College of Business

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Krystal Slivinski is an assistant professor of economics at Grand Canyon University. Before teaching undergraduate and MBA economics at GCU, Krystal lobbied the Arizona Legislature to improve tax, budget and regulatory policies. She also trained K-12 teachers to teach economics in a hands-on and engaging way with the Arizona Council on Economic Education. Prior to moving to Arizona, Krystal spent nearly a decade in Washington, D.C. working in think tanks and the public policy world. One of her greatest policy achievements was to help the Virginia Legislature amend the Virginia Constitution to improve protection of private property rights against eminent domain abuse. Krystal has a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University. Krystal in Phoenix with her husband and their three sons.

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