School of Business
Dr. Nii Adote Abrahams began teaching at the Plaster School of Business in 1999 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to coming to MSSU, Abrahams worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Georgia and as an Economist for the Economic and Regulatory Analysis Section of the Department of Planning and Budget for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Abrahams has also worked for Southwest Baptist University as an adjunct professor for their MBA program.
Dr. Abrahams is originally from Ghana which is where he received his undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science. He worked at the University of Ghana for two years as a graduate research and teaching assistant after receiving his undergraduate degree.
Since joining the PSB, Dr. Abrahams has served as the President of Faculty Senate, Editor of Southern Business and Economic Review, and on the MSSU Strategic Planning and Steering Committee. He has also served as the Department Head of Finance and Economics for five years. Abrahams has served as the MBA Coordinator as well as co-director of the MSSU-UniQ Partnership for Excellence in Accounting and Finance. He co-authored a three year USAID grant proposal for economic renewal for Haiti in which seven Haitian students from the Universite Quisqueya attended MSSU to receive baccalaureate degrees in accounting and finance.
Courses: Microeconomics, Money and Banking, and Managerial Economics
Degrees: Graduate Studies in Finance, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2008 - Present
PhD in Agricultural Economics - Penn State University, University Park, PA, 1996
Master of Science in Resource Economics - University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 1993
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Agricultural Science - University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana, 1988
Professor of Finance and Economics
Plaster Hall Office 310F
417-625-9536 | Abrahams-N@mssu.edu
Dr. Brian Nichols has been teaching at Missouri Southern since 2000, except for 2 years while he completed his doctoral coursework. Prior to teaching, Nichols worked both in the public and private sector for as a controller for two different corporations. In 2007, he received the Missouri Southern Outstanding Teaching Award. Nichols also was awarded the 2008 Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.Dr. Nichols serves as the adviser for the Finance and Investment Club. He also teaches the Portfolio Management class in which students manage an actual investment portfolio from a grant through Missouri Southern's foundation. Nichols currently serves on ten different committees for MSSU including the Strategic Planning Task Force, Executive Budget Committee, and Graduate Council. He helped to develop the Edward Jones Investment Center, located in Robert W. Plaster Hall and used by hundreds of students since opening in 2006.
Courses: Principles of Macro Economics, Financial Management, Investments, and Portfolio Management
Degrees: PhD, University of Arkansas, Fayettville, Arkansas, 2008
MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Missouri Southern State University, Joplin, MO, 1993
Associate Professor of Finance and Economics
Plaster Hall Office 310G
417-625-9599 | Nichols-B@mssu.edu
Dr. Richard Rawlins has been teaching Finance and Economics at the Plaster School of Business for over 20 years. Dr. Rawlins' interest in the field of Finance and Economics began when he was a college student. He was fascinated by how the real world application applies to any business, including farming.
Prior to coming to MSSU, he taught as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Arkansas and as a Teaching Assistant at Oklahoma State University. He has performed credit analysis for various law firms. In addition, Dr, Rawlins owns and manages a 900-acre farm in southwest Missouri where he raises over 250,000 hens and 150 dairy cows annually.
Dr. Rawlins has given presentations on capital budgeting, personal finance planning, farm management capitol, and cash budgeting. He served on the Executive Committee for the Institute of Chinese Financial Planners.
While teaching at MSSU, Dr. Rawlins has served on numerous committees for the University including the Long Range Planning and Accreditation Committees. He also worked as the Department Head for Finance, Economics, and International Business. He developed the Financial Planning tract at PSB which is accredited by the Financial Planning Association. He has enjoyed working with student organizations, as well and has been the Sponsor for the MSSU Investment Club, attending annual student trips to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Courses: Macroeconomics, Financial Management, Estate Planning, Financial Strategy
Degrees: Certificate of Financial Management, Institute of Managerial Accountants, 2007
PhD, Business Administration, University of Arkansas,1998
Master of Science, Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University,1988
Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri,1986
Professor of Finance and Economics
Plaster Hall Office 310E
417-625-9716 | Rawlins-R@mssu.edu