PC Business Department- James Allen, Larry Barker, Karen Mattison, Rachel Childers, Suzie Smith, Jerry Slice, and Kurt Gleichauf

Even though several of our faculty members have impressive records of publishing, the focus in the department is on teaching. We genuinely enjoy spending time in the classroom teaching subjects which we are passionate about to talented young people. Two of our department’s professors have been honored as PC’s Professor of the Year (Dr. Smith and Prof. Scarborough), and one was also named the South Carolina Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (Prof. Scarborough).

Dr. Rachel Childers

Associate Professor of Business Administration
B.A. Economics, Bowling Green State University
M.A. Economics, Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. Economics, University of Kansas

Areas of Specialty

Health Economics
Financial Economics
Applied Microeconomics


Being One’s Own Boss: Self-Employment and Risk Attitudes.” (2011). American Economist.
Vol. 56.  No. 1.

Works in Progress

“Writing Tort Reform Laws: Do Differences Matter.” Journal of Law and Economics. Under revision.
“Differential Disposition of Emergency Department Patients.”
“An Examination of the Effects of Insurance Status on Trauma Patient Outcomes.”
“Effects of Insurance Status on AMI Mortality: A Novel Approach.”

Professor Karen Mattison

Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Clemson University
M. Acc., Auburn University
Certified Public Accountant (SC) CPA
Joined PC faculty: 2016

Courses Taught

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial and Cost Accounting
  • Federal Income Taxation
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Auditing
  • Intermediate Accounting III

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA)
Institute of Management Accounting (IMA)
American Accounting Association (AAA)

Professional Experience

Higher Education

Erskine College
Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Department Head

Wofford College
Adjunct Professor

Presbyterian College
Adjunct Professor

Non-profit Accounting

Presbyterian College
Assistant Controller
Staff Accountant

Public Accounting – Audit and Taxation

Hyland, Ruddy and Garbett CPAs,
Mt. Pleasant, SC

McKnight, Frampton and Co., P.A.
Charleston, SC

Conference Presentations

“Digging Down into the Data”
Effective Learning Strategies, Poster-Southeast Region
American Accounting Association Meeting, April 5, 2019. Savannah, Georgia

“Using Games to Spark Learning in Introductory Accounting Courses”
Panelist-Concurrent Session
American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August 7, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland

“Using K’nex Building Materials to Introduce Managerial/Cost Accounting Terms and Concepts”
Poster-Effective Teaching Practices Session,
Conference on Teaching and Learning Accounting, August 5, 2017, San Diego, California

“Designing Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Classes”
Panel Discussant-Faculty and Campus Leadership Summit
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, April 2016

“Integrating Accounting and Social Entrepreneurship”
Faculty Fellows Presentation
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Faculty Spring Workshop, April 2015

“Using Real Data to Enhance Learning” in Accounting Information Systems Class
Effective Teaching Practices Forum
A Poster Session of Pedagogy and Course Best Practices
Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting-American Accounting Association, August 2014

Community Activities

First Presbyterian Church, Clinton
Laurens County Community Foundation
Clinton Federated Woman’s Club
VITA Volunteer Income Tax Preparer – United Way

Hobbies and Interests

Photography, cooking and Disney

Dr. Jerry K. Slice

Dr. Jerry Slice

Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Clemson University
M.S., Ph.D., Mississippi State University
Joined PC Faculty: 1989

Courses Taught

Principles of Microeconomics;
Principles of Macroeconomics;
Intermediate Microeconomics;
Capitalism: Foundations and Function;
International Marketing;
International Trade;
Environmental Economics;

Areas of Specialty

Microeconomics, international economics, environmental economics

Professional Membership

Regional Advisory Commission to State Board of Economic Advisors, 2001-present

Attends USC Economic Outlook Conference and UNCW Teaching Economics Conference annually

Community Service Activities include:

Laurens County Senior Options, Laurens County SC Humane Society, Community Outreach and College Connection of First Presbyterian Church

Publications and Professional Development

Slice and Lipford. “Adam Smith’s Roles for Government and Contemporary U.S. Government Roles: Is the Welfare State Crowding Out Government’s Basic Functions?” The Independent Review 11, no. 4:485-501.

Slice, Lipford, and Yandle, “South Carolina’s Jocassee Gorges–Private Vice or Public Virtue?” PERC Research Study RS 02-2, Political Economy Research Center, Bozeman, MT. Presented to Association of Private Enterprise Education Conference, April 2004.

Slice and Malone. “Marketing Alternatives for Broilers of Various Sizes” and “The Relative Profitability of Producing Broilers of Various Weights” MAFES Publications, 1986.

Wye Faculty Fellow, sponsored by The Aspen Institute, 2005.


Canoeing and kayaking

Mr. Larry Barker

Larry Barker

Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.S., Presbyterian College
M.B.A., Clemson University



Courses Taught


Areas of Specialty

Accounting, Tax, Fraud, and General Business

Professional Membership

Institute of Management Accounting (IMA)
Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
American Accounting Association (AAA)
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)
National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA)
South Carolina Association of Enrolled Agents (SCAEA)

Publications and Professional Development

Certified Management Accountant
Certified Financial Manager
Certified Internal Auditor
Certified Fraud Examiner


Raising quail, gardening, and outdoor activities.

Clubs and non-professional memberships: Quail Forever, The South Carolina Bobwhite Initiative

Dr. Suzanne J. Smith

Dr. Suzie Smith Presbyterian College

Robert M. Vance Professor of Business Administration
B.S., Presbyterian College
B.E., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Clemson University
Joined PC Faculty: 1987


  • Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Operations Management
  • Computer Applications for Business
  • Managerial Communication
  • Data Analytics III: Data Visualization

Professional and Service Activities

Southeast Decision Sciences Institute (SE DSI)

  • Program Chair, 2016
  • President Elect, 2017
  • President, 2018

Decision Sciences Institute (DSI) member
Laurens County Health Care System Board member

Recent Presentations and Publications

Southeast Decision Sciences Institute panel/presentation, “AACSB vs. non-AACSB accredited Schools: An Analysis of Costs and Benefits,” February 2020.

Decision Sciences Institute presentation, “Teaching Data Visualization with Tableau,” November 2019.

Southeast Decision Sciences Institute presentation, “Developing an Effective Business Speaker Series,” February 2019.

Decision Sciences Institute presentation, “Inspiring Students to Read Current Business Books and News,” November 2018.

Decision Sciences Institute presentation, “Best Practices in Planning a US Regional Conference,” November 2017.

Decision Sciences Institute presentation, “Engaging Alumni to Strengthen Undergraduate Business Programs: A Review of Best Practices,” November 2016.

“Understanding the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) as a Measure of Critical Thinking,” Presentation at Decision Sciences Institute annual conference, November 2015.

“The Effect of Required Student Presentations in Operations Management Class,” Proceedings of Southeast INFORMS, October 2015.

“A Review of the Higher Education Crisis Literature and Implications for Business Faculty Members,” Proceedings of Southeast INFORMS, October 2014.

Outsourced: Romantic Comedy Meets World Economic Data and Cross Cultural Management Concepts in Heat Maps,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2014.

“Using Peer Evaluation to Support Class Participation Grading in the Managerial Communication course,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2013.

“Healthcare and Higher Education: Shared Lessons in Lean,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2012 (co-authored and co-presented with Sandra Thompson).

“Connections for Healthcare Quality – The Linkage Between the Introduction of Lean Principles in Higher Education and their Application in a Healthcare Setting,” Presentation to Decision Sciences Institute, November 2011 (co-presented with Sandra Thompson).

“A Comparison of Classroom Response Systems: Handheld Clickers vs. Cellphone Texting,” workshop presented at Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2011.

“Client Satisfaction Surveys: A Process Improvement Tool for Law Firms,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2010 (co-authored and co-presented with Brenda L. Stewart).

“Faculty Assessment of Internships: Creating a Better System,” Proceedings of the Southeast Decision Sciences Institute, February 2009 (co-authored and co-presented with Linda Jameison.”

“Internships and Outcomes: Learning Through Collaboration,” presented at ACPA, March 2008 (co-presented with Linda Jameison).

Developed DVD highlighting students, faculty, and employers in the PC internship program with Linda Jameison, 2008.


Presbyterian College Professor of the Year, 2001
Presbyterian College SGA Spirit of PC Award, 2001
Presbyterian College Outstanding Young Alumna Award, 1999

Favorite Quotations

“I never did a day’s work in my life. It was all fun.”
– Thomas A. Edison

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
– C. S. Lewis

Dr. Kurt Gleichauf

Dr. Kurt Gleichau | Business Administration | Presbyterian College | Clinton SC

Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., Colorado State University
M.I.B., University of South Carolina
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Dr. Kurt Gleichauf, has 25 years of industry experience in international marketing, commercial development, and intellectual property management. Dr. Gleichauf has taught business courses at the University of South Carolina and UNC-Charlotte and actively involved in student advisement and research mentoring.

Courses Taught

Principles of Marketing
International Marketing
Consumer Behavior

Areas of Specialty

Intellectual Property

Professional Experience

Sales and Marketing, Abbott Laboratories
Sales and Marketing, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
Commercial Development, MTM Laboratories

Professional Membership

Academy of Marketing
Academy of International Business
Academy of Management

Dr. James Allen

Headshot of James Allen

Associate Professor of Economics and Business Administration
B.S., University of Florida
M.S., The Florida State University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Courses Taught

Business Statistics
Business Law
Management of Sports Industries

Areas of Specialty

Sport Management and Marketing
Sport Finance
Academic Advising

Selected Publications and Presentations

Allen, J. T., & Lipford, J. W. (2023). Searching for fan discrimination in Football Championship Subdivision games: Findings and implications. E-Journal of Business and Economic Issues.

Pond, A. M., Allen, J.T., Greenwell, T. C., & Lee, Y. (2022). Athletic success and donation intentions: Does Sense of Community Mediate? Journal of Amateur Sport.

Allen, J.T. (2022). The Relationship Between Allocated Funds and College Student Return on Investment at Public NCAA Division I Institutions. Poster presented at the 13th Annual International Conference on Sport & Society, Aarhus, Denmark.

Allen, J. T. (2019). Debt, Revenue and Success in UEFA Champions League. Paper presented at the 2019 Applied Sport Management Association Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

Allen, J. T., & Kidd, V.D. (2018). Impact of Spectator Motives and Team Identification on Fan Loyalty. Poster presented at the 11th Annual College Sport Research Institute Conference on College Sport, Columbia, South Carolina.

Allen, J. T., & Claassen, B. A. (2015). The Impact of Debt on Team Success in the National Hockey League. Poster presented at the 23rd European Association for Sport Management Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Mathner, R. P, Martin, C. L., & Allen, J. T. (2013). NCAA Division I Athletic Trainers: Examining sport wagering behavior. Journal of Contemporary Athletics.

Cottingham, M. P., Gearity, B. T., Chatfield, S. L., Allen, J. T., & Hall, S. A. (2012). Using points of attachment to examine repatronage and online consumption of wheelchair rugby. International Journal of Sport Management.

Byon, K. K., Carroll, M. S., Cottingham, M., Grady, J., & Allen, J. T. (2011). Examining gender differences in the effect of spectator motivation on sport consumption behaviors at collegiate wheelchair basketball games. Journal of Venue and Event Management.

Byon, K. K., Maas, C., Baker, T. A., & Allen, J. T. (2011). The Effects of Service Quality and Satisfaction on Behavioral Intentions of Active Tourists to the College World Series. Poster presented at the 2011 Scholarly Conference on College Sport, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Allen, J. T., Drane, D. D., & Byon, K. K. (2010). Gender differences in sport spectatorship among college baseball fans. International Journal of Sport Management.

Allen, J. T., Drane, D. D., Byon, K. K., & Mohn, R. S. (2010). Sport as a vehicle for socialization and maintenance of cultural identity: International students attending American universities. Sport Management Review.

Allen, J. T., Drane, D. D., & Byon, K. K. (2009). Conceptualization of the International Students Sport Participation and Consumption Scale. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of the North American Society for Sport Management, Columbia, South Carolina.

Allen, J. T., Drane, D. D., & Byon, K. K. (2009). Psychological Motives for Attending College Baseball Games: Scale Development and Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Paper presented at the 2009 Scholarly Conference on College Sport, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.