Faculty - Business

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Michael LillisMichael Lillis, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Business Department
Dr. Michael P. Lillis began teaching at Medaille in 1992, where he has been a major catalyst for change and institution building initiatives. Dr. Lillis guided the original development and state certification of the MBA curriculum and program offerings in Amherst. As a professor, Dr. Lillis directs the business internship program, and teaches courses in organizational behavior, human resources management, operations management, statistics, and business strategy in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Having earned a Ph.D. in management and organizational behavior from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Lillis currently focuses his research on understanding how managers make decisions within organizations. He has numerous presentations and publications in the area of organizational justice, decision making, work design and organizational culture. As an organizational consultant, Dr. Lillis has conducted field research with the DuPont Chemical Company, Western New York Technology Development Center, Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and the Buffalo Police Department.


Rich JacobRichard L. Jacob, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, Sport Management Program
Dr. Richard L. Jacob has been teaching and coaching at Medaille since 1995. He served as Medaille’s first full-time athletic director and first full-time head basketball coach. Currently a full-time faculty member, Dr. Jacob serves as director of the sport management degree program. He earned a Ph.D. in counseling, school and educational psychology from SUNY Buffalo, and M.S. in physical education from Canisius College, and an M.S.Ed. in educational counseling from Niagara University. Dr. Jacob teaches Sport Psychology, Sport History and Philosophy. He has a great interest in and has been highly involved in international sports over the past ten years. For more information please go to www.medaillespm.com.


Patrick JohnsonPatrick Johnson, MBA, CPA

Associate Professor, Business Department
Patrick Johnson joined Medaille College in 1992, bringing with him a diverse background in public and private accounting. He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University and an MBA  in accounting and finance from Saint Bonaventure University. He is also a certified public accountant. Johnson is an active member of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Through the NYSSCPA he visits area high schools to promote the accounting profession. When not at work he is a music leader at his church and enjoys drawing and spending time with his children.


Kenneth Radig, MBA

Associate Professor, Business Department
Kenneth Radig began teaching at Medaille in 1980, specializing in marketing, consumer behavior, direct and interactive marketing. He has also taught in the General Education program, with a continuing interest in education across the curriculum. He is especially interested in the integration of liberal arts and the career areas. Radig has studied theology, and has a great interest in religion and church affairs. He has a strong interest in music, especially classical, and he served as a church organist for many years. He also enjoys boating, having owned all types of boats from small runabouts to large cruisers.


Robert Sanborn, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor, Business Department
Dr. Sanborn is new to Medaille, but not to teaching. He began at Medaille in the fall on 2012. A native of Western New York Dr. Sanborn went to Johns Hopkins for his BA, worked for four year in a CPA firm in Buffalo, and then went to Boston University for his MBA and the University of Georgia for his PhD. He taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond for 28 years. Retiring early from UR Dr. Sanborn moved back home, and Medaille was kind enough to employ him after he missed teaching.

Dr. Sanborn loves teaching financial accounting at all levels. His ‘mission’ is to help students understand that accounting is NOT a mystery, and that everyone needs to understand the basics of the language of business. For advanced students in the major, Dr. Sanborn strives to help them gain the skills needed to to pass the CPA exam and become versatile business professionals. He also teaches other areas of accounting and finance and enjoys making those courses easier to understand. Outside the college, Dr. Sanborn works and as an equity analyst in his wife’s financial advisory firm, Collins Advisors, LLC. He also enjoys kayaking and travel.

Robert TianRobert Tian, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Business Department
Dr. Robert Guang Tian began teaching at Medaille in 2005. Prior to this, he held positions as professor, Director of Business Administration and Director of International Education Service at Coker College, doctoral mentor at TUI University, associate professor at Erskine College, and academic dean of TAIE International Institute. Author and co-author of seven books and over 60 journal articles, Dr. Tian has received awards for published papers and for service from organizations in Canada, China and the United States. His grant-supported research and peer-reviewed publications have looked at anthropological approach to consumer behavior and cross-cultural studies in marketing.

Dr. Tian is one of the leading scholars in the field of business anthropology, the editor for International Journal of Business Anthropology and the editor for International Journal of China Marketing, both journals are peer reviewed referral journals published by North American Business Press. Dr. Tian has served as an associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal Applied Anthropologist for over 10 years; he has also served as an editorial board member for the Journal of American Academy of Business, Cambridge, since 2001.

Dr. Tian earned a Ph.D. from York University with a specialization in social anthropology, with a post-doctoral M.B.A. from Wilfrid Laurier University in marketing and management, a master's degree in economics from the Central University of Nationalities in China, and continued his graduate study in MBA-Plus program at Iona College.


I'm grateful for the education I've received.

The instructors were knowledgeable and welcomed class discussions, with
respect for each student's contribution. I've learned how to be a more
effective leader. My capstone class gave insight on how to combine all
the education learned to operate a business. That's when I realized how
much I had sharpened my knowledge.

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