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Academic Department Chairs and Program Directors

Academic Department Chairs and Program Directors provide academic leadership for program development and management. Their expertise in their fields help facilitate partnerships with industry to deliver opportunities and market relevance that help ensure success of all Saunders community members. Visit our Academic Departments in our Faculty & Research pages for more details on each of the areas covered below.

Department Chairs

Finance & Accounting

“Good accountants, especially CPAs and others with recognized certifications, have great career opportunities.  This means not only lucrative positions with very high-end potential, but opportunities in every industry.  It’s hard to beat the combination of interesting work (really!) and great pay while virtually always being in demand.  CPAS with a strong IT background are in very heavy demand, and that seems to increase every year.”

William Dresnack, JD

585-475-5414
LOW-2323
Management, International Business, & Entrepreneurship

“Success in today’s business environment requires a knowledge of technology, leadership skills, entrepreneurial thinking, and global awareness. Our management professors focus on technology management and technological entrepreneurship, drawing from their internationally recognized, cutting-edge research and expertise. Graduates enter the workforce prepared to lead and manage organizations in high tech environments.”

Shal Khazanchi, Ph.D.

585-475-7126
LOW-3313
MIS, Marketing, & Digital Business

“There is an explosion of interest in Big Data and Business Intelligence, precisely where Marketing and MIS intersect. Employers seek our graduates who deliver unique skill sets to excel in this needed capacity. This is an amazing time to be in this area.”

Victor J Perotti, Ph.D.

Professor
585-475-7753
LOW-2325

Program Directors

Master of Business Administration

“A Saunders MBA opens the door to endless opportunities by leveraging the vast resources of RIT that uniquely combine business and technology. Our faculty possess industry experience and conduct cutting-edge research while putting a premium on applied learning. A high faculty-to-student ratio allows faculty, advisors, and mentors to get to know you, offering you personal attention and caring about your career success.”

Sean William Hansen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
585-475-3974
LOW-A313
MBA in Accounting

“The MBA in Accounting program provides a practical industry education, preparing graduates for successful accounting careers. An Accounting Advisory Board consisting of industry professionals helps ensure the program remains highly relevant to employer needs while integrating and elevating soft skills in communications, teamwork, and applied computer skills in Excel, QuickBooks and SAP. The program prepares students to excel in the pursuit of their CPA license and provides a strong foundation for a thriving career.”

Rong Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
585-475-4569
LOW-A319
MS in Accounting

“The MS in Accounting program is tailored for students with an undergraduate accounting degree interested in greater accounting specialization in route to qualifying for the CPA exam. Students with no prior accounting experience may also enter this program to pursue an exciting new career focused in accounting. The curriculum develops critical student knowledge and skills built around technology employers seek and RIT is uniquely able to deliver.”

Rong Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
585-475-4569
LOW-A319
MS in Computational Finance

“The Computational Finance program provides students with the ability to understand and use complex financial models, leveraging RIT strengths in mathematics, computing, and finance. This is a growing field and great career option for math, engineering, economics, statistics, computer science, and other professionals.”

Ashok J Robin, Ph.D.

Professor
585-475-5211
LOW-A331
MS in Entrepreneurship & Innovative Ventures

“You will experience a program that gives you opportunities to work on cutting-edge new venture creations while connecting with students and expert resources in science, technology, engineering and art disciplines found only at RIT. Your startup interest and experience are enhanced through real-life business exposure on a campus offering a top rated entrepreneurship culture; guided by faculty and industry mentors possessing successful entrepreneurship experiences.”

Shal Khazanchi, Ph.D.

585-475-7126
LOW-3313
MS in Finance

“The analytical, deductive nature of the program creates financial professionals who can adapt to dynamic changes in the deregulated financial industry and its dramatic growth in investment options. Its courses prepare students to sit for the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.”

Ashok J Robin, Ph.D.

Professor
585-475-5211
LOW-A331
MS in Management

“Stand out in your career, or to get a jump start in a new career field, by building a strong business foundation at a university known for its strong technology tradition. You will work with faculty conducting cutting-edge research who enrich your experience by providing client facing inter-disciplinary projects. Our forward looking curriculum provides you with a solid business foundation with the ability to specialize through cutting edge, technology oriented tracks.”

Shal Khazanchi, Ph.D.

585-475-7126
LOW-3313