Named Professorships

The College of Business’s intellectual contributions are enhanced through several
named professorships.  Scholars with national and international reputation are
appointed to these positions.  These faculty members initiate and maintain highly
visible programs of activities that stimulate research and educational activities
with industry and professional associations.


chen-k14Kuan Chen
Thomas M. McDermott, Sr. Professor in Economic Development

  Dr. Chen is a professor and department head of Information Systems, Finance and Business Analytics, as well as interim head of the Department of Graduate Studies in Education at Purdue Calumet. Chair of the research board at Purdue Calumet in 2011-12, he also served as acting head of the Department of Accounting in 2007-08.

Prior to joining Purdue Calumet in 2002, Chen worked at Electronic Data Systems as project manager and information analyst. He also served as assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus and Bowling Green State University.

His research areas include computer simulation modeling, data mining, information security, business intelligence and economic development modeling. He has published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed information systems, economics and management journals and serves as editor-in-chief of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning.

He earned his bachelor’s and MBA degrees from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, and his doctorate from Michigan State University.

The Thomas M. McDermott, Sr., Professorship for Economic Development endowment was created in 2005 by the city of Hammond, Indiana.


Professor Mike FlanneryMichael Flannery
White Lodging Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management

  Michael Flannery is currently the Head of the White Lodging School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Over the course of his career, Michael has managed hotels and restaurants. His consulting engagements include a variety of businesses related to the hospitality industry throughout the world. Michael has given numerous development seminars in financial management as well as how operational issues affect hotel real estate. In addition, he teaches Financial Management, Managerial Accounting, and Hospitality Business Development.

Michael received his education from the U.S. Navy Commissary School, Schenectady County Community College, and Cornell University. Both Purdue and Cornell have honored Professor Flannery with outstanding teaching awards. These awards were given in recognition of his high evaluations for his lectures and his enthusiastic delivery style.

The White Lodging Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management was created in 2007 by the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation, Bruce and Beth White and the Lilly Foundation.


Professor Pat ObiPat Obi
White Lodging Professor of Finance

  Dr. Obi is a professor and the Director of the Executive MBA Program at Purdue University Calumet, where he has been since 1989 when he was an Assistant Professor of Finance.

His research areas include corporate financial analysis, financial planning, business valuation and risk management. He has more than 40 scholarly research publications in academic journals and is on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Business and Economic Research.

Obi was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Global Business and Technology International Conference in Helsinki and has received the Outstanding Professor Award for the MBA Executives Program at Purdue Calumet eight times. He also was the recipient of the first Faculty Lecturer Award in 2010 and Teacher of the Year in 2000, both at Purdue Calumet.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria, his MBA from Texas State University and his doctorate from the University of Mississippi.

The White Lodging Professor of Finance endowment was created in 2010 by the Dean and Barbara White Family Foundation.