Faculty and Staff

Spencer Cowles
Professor & Department Chair
Dr. Cowles’ background is in commercial banking, where he worked for one of the largest commercial banks in New England. One of the most fascinating and fulfilling aspects of his banking career was working with entrepreneurs who had a better idea for doing something and who left secure careers to start a successful business of their own. During a recent sabbatical. . . Learn more

Chris Gingrich
Dr. Gingrich specializes in development and international economics. His research activities cover a variety of topics, including the fair trade coffee market, mosquito net delivery in Tanzania, microfinance programs in Nepal, and financial crises in Southeast Asia. He has worked extensively with Mennonite Economic Development Associates and Mennonite Central Committee(MEDA). A professor at EMU since 1995 . . .Learn more

Leah Kratz
Assistant Professor
Leah Kratz, CPA, MBA is teaching Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting and Auditing. Leah earned an accounting degree at EMU and MBA at James Madison University. Her work experience includes public accounting and most recently in government, working for the State of Virginia as the Assistant Fiscal Director of Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. Leah lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Jeremy . . . Learn more

Jim Leaman
Associate Professor and MBA Director
James M. Leaman, Ph.D., directs the MBA program and teaches graduate courses in organizational and leadership studies and undergraduate courses in business and economics. His industry experience has been in both private business and nonprofit administration, most recently including 12 years of service with an international non-governmental organization (NGO) in Kenya. Academic preparation includes a Ph.D. in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Master . . . Learn more

Andrew Miller
Andrew Miller, MS, MDiv, has an interest on understanding and promoting leadership and organizational development according to one’s values. He draws upon his studies of economics (MS, Iowa State University, 2003) and theology (MDiv, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, 2008) as a grounding for his interests. Before beginning at EMU in the fall of 2012, he had served as Southeast Asia Representative for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) supervising and facilitating strategic development in the Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam country programs and advising local partners . . . learn more

Anthony Smith
Associate Professor
Anthony E. Smith, PhD, teaches in the EMU Business and Economics Department and in the MBA program. He co-directed the MBA program from January 2008 to June 2012, and helped develop the concentration in Nonprofit Entrepreneurial Management. Dr. Smith serves as founder-CEO of . . .Learn more

Ronald Stoltzfus
Dr. Ronald L. Stoltzfus, CPA, Ph.D., specializes in financial accounting reporting issues. His work experience includes the controllership of a large farm equipment company in southeastern Pennsylvania and summer projects with a local construction contractor, tire retreader, and an aviation company. He has been part of the EMU department of business and economics . . .Learn more

Walt Surratt
Assistant Professor
Walt came to EMU with nearly 30 years of experience as a professional economist mostly with NERA Economic Consulting where he performed quantitative economic analyses in support of clients engaged in litigation or seeking professional advice and consulting. His work included the analysis of firms and markets and the calculation of business damages in a number of different industries. Walt retired from NERA . . .Learn more


Patty Eckard
Office Coordinator
In addition to working as office coordinator for the business and economics department, Patty Eckard is a mother of two adult sons. Her hobbies include reading, counted crosstitch, scrapbooking, and cooking . . .Learn more