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Gregory W. Haselden, CPA

Greg Haselden is an accountant and educator who has served both for- profit and not-for-profit business concerns for over 10 years. As an accountant, Greg's areas of responsibility have spanned from general accounting services for small local businesses to auditing national middle-market public companies. In the classroom, Greg brings a "real life" experience that animates the learning experience of students. Greg received a BA degree with honors in accounting from Furman University. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the State of South Carolina, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA). Greg currently serves as the Vice President for Finance and Operations and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina, in addition to regularly teaching as an adjunct instructor for Furman University's Undergraduate Evening Studies.

Courses taught Furman:
ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 320 Cost Accounting
ACC 330 Auditing 

Ian Bradley CPA(NC), MBA, CMA, CFM, ACMA

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Ian Bradley holds an MBA from the University of South Carolina, with a concentration in International Studies. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina, a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Financial Manager.

Ian has 16 years of "real world" accounting expertise. He has held controller roles at both site and corporate levels in Europe and the USA and has led the implementation of accounting information systems in Europe the US and China. He brings a unique insight into the classroom from his experience of building accounting infrastructure from the ground up, in large and small companies.

Ian has served on the board of the Greenville chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants for the last 4 years, holding the roles of Chapter President and Vice President of Communications.

Ian is currently the controller for T&S Brass and Bronze Works where he manages the day to day controller functions for T&S's Travelers Rest and Shanghai facilities.

Courses taught at Furman:
ACC 360 International Accounting
ACC 350 Accounting Information Systems

Rusty Copsey

Rusty Copsey has taught for UES since 1998. He holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from the University of South Carolina. He has worked for Carolina First Bank, Regions Bank and is currently a Risk Manager in the Community Bank Group at Wachovia Bank. Rusty teaches Finance and Money and Banking in the Evening program.

BS Finance - University of South Carolina
MBA - University of South Carolina

Courses taught at Furman:
BUS 340 - Finance
BUS 442 - Financial Institutions
ECN 241- Money and Banking
Michael Elliott

Mike Elliott has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1984.    He has a Master of Business Administration degree and has completed additional hours toward a Doctorate in Business Administration.  Mike was employed for a number of years with Coopers & Lybrand, now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers, with experience primarily in the tax area.  He has been self-employed for over 20 years, with a tax practice which focuses primarily on closely-held businesses and high-income individuals.  Mike has taught Federal Income Taxation with Furman University's Undergraduate Evening Studies program for more than 20 years. 

Courses taught at Furman:
ACC 340 Federal Income Taxation    

Paul Batson

Paul Batson is a licensed accountant and financial consultant with Batson Accounting and Tax, P.A., and has served as its president since the inception of the firm in 1987. Batson Accounting and Tax, P.A., provides accounting, tax and financial consulting services to individuals and small companies in the Greenville area.

For 38 years, Batson has also been a college instructor and has served as an adjunct professor at Furman University for over 35 years teaching courses in economics, investment management and personal finance. Additionally, he has taught numerous courses in the fundamentals of the stock market and portfolio management, as well as other courses in business and personal financial matters.

"Teaching for UES at Furman is a joy in my life! The interactions with mature students is always rewarding and I often feel I learn more than they do! The program is a wonderful extension of Furman's excellence."

Courses taught at Furman:
BUS 440 Investments Management



John Meindl


John Meindl manages a Partner Private Equity Fund and is a Board Advisor and Member to several Public and Private Companies.

Courses taught at Furman:
BUS 312 The Sustainable Corporation
BUS 330 Operations Management
BUS 450 Strategic Management
BUS 320 Marketing
BUS 411 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Development



Margaret Oakes, Ph.D.


Margaret J. Oakes is an is a tenured Professor of English at Furman University. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and has taught Early Modern literature and Humanities courses at Furman since 1996. Her research interests are in British Renaissance literature, Renaissance humanist education, children's fantasy literature, and British detective fiction. Professor Oakes is a faculty advisor for Sigma Tau Delta, the English honorary society and coaches for Furman's award-winning Mock Trial program.

Honors and Awards:

  • Furman Meritorious Advising Award in 2002
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Association of Furman Students in 2006
  • Sigma Tau Delta Outstanding Advisor in 2006
  • Princeton Review "300 best professors in the United States" in 2012

Lance Vischer
B.S. Business Administration, Economics
M.S. Economics
Ph.D. candidate, Economics

Courses taught at Furman:
ECN 101 Macroeconomics
ECN 102 Microeconomics
ECN 241 Money and Banking
ECN 356 Managerial Economics

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