Business Administration, BA, BS, Minor

The Business Administration program of study prepares students to become responsible, productive leaders in today's global business environment. In addition to providing a strong core business curriculum, students are offered the opportunity to obtain concentrations in accounting, finance, international business, management, marketing and small business development. This program is guided by the Lees McRae Business Advisory Council which includes senior executives from Claire's, BRICA, Inc., AT&T, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, Univision and more. Internships and study abroad experiences are emphasized as a means to develop qualified, well-rounded, prepared and professional graduates.


Sample Accounting Courses

Accounting Software Applications
Advanced Accounting
Corporate Taxation
Individual Taxation
Intermediate Accounting I, II
Managerial Accounting

Sample Finance Courses

Commercial Bank Management
Financial Decision Making
Financial Management
International Finance
Investment Management

Sample International Business Courses

Comparative Politics
Contemporary World Religion
International Business I, II
International Economics
International Finance
International Marketing
Study Abroad
World Culture and the Arts
World Religions

Sample Management Courses

Operations Management
Business and Economics of Sports
Human Resources
International Business I
Management and Leadership

Sample Marketing Courses

Consumer Behavior
Integrated Marketing Communications
International Marketing
Marketing Research
Professional Selling
Small Business Learning Lab
Small Business Marketing

Sample Small Business Development Courses

Accounting Software Applications
BobCat Box " Small Business Learning Lab
International Business I
Small Business Learning Lab
Small Business Marketing

See full degree and minor requirements in the College Catalog

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities in business and technology continue to accelerate at a rapid pace. Through focused curriculum, hands-on experience and internship and study abroad experiences opportunities, Lees-McRae College's Business Administration graduates are prepared for future careers in:

  • Accounting
  • Administrative Services
  • Advertising
  • Finance
  • General and Operations Management
  • Government Service
  • Industrial and Production Management
  • International Business
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Purchasing
  • Sales

Every Business student is afforded an Internship opportunity in their Junior year. Recent internships have included:

  • Carolina Premier Community Bank
  • Ajax Bike and Sport (CO)
  • BRICA Baby (Charlotte, China)
  • Elk River Development
  • Grandfather Mountain
  • San Diego Zoo (Accounting Department)
  • Edward Jones
  • Unilever (Germany)
  • Univision (Miami)
  • AARP TaxAide Program
  • New York Stock Exchange


Amanda Anderson, MBA Marketing
Interim Chair, Division of Business Administration

John LaCapra, JD
Full-time Adjunct Instructor of Business
Pamela Keystone, DBA
Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Matthew Sawyer, MS Accounting
Instructor of Business
Robert Taylor, CPA, MS Accounting
Instructor of Business
Dr. Robert Thrasher
Sport Administration & Cycling
Joseph Walsh, MBA Finance
Instructor of Business

Ted Silver, BSPH, JD
Instructor of Cycling Minor

Business Advisory Council

Bob Capps, Chair
Executive Chairman of BRICA, Inc., a Charlotte based creator and marketer of on-the-go products in the baby industry. Bob is a graduate of VCU with a B.S. Degree in Advertising. Bob and his wife Polly split their time between Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Valle Crucis, NC and St. Maarten, NA.

Forrest Pulley
Retired from 25 year career with AT&T. Forrest is a former Lees-McRae College professor and Chair of the Business Division. He currently operates iTherapyRX, an online counseling company and is also the Chief Executive Officer at Lawson Support Services. Forrest and his wife, Carol, reside near Sparta, NC.

Harris Prevost
A long time employee of Grandfather Mountain, Harris currently serves as Vice-President of the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. He has been an adjunct Accounting faculty member of the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University since 1973.

Rusty Page
Rusty is founder and principle of Rusty Page & Company, an investment banking company in the capital markets and recently retired as the Senior Managing Director of the NASDAQ Stock Market. Rusty has also served as the Senior Vice-President and Equity Marketing Executive for Nations Bank. He resides at Grandfather Mountain Country Club.

Bret Gardella
Bret has been involved in Economic Development work in Michigan, South Dakota and North Carolina the previous 6 years and currently serves as the Economic Development Director for Avery County. Bret's background also includes marketing and public relations in the entertainment industry in California as well as being a small business owner.

Ed Decker
As a retired CPA, Ed lends his expertise to the AARP/Tax-Aide program. His experience ranges from health care providers, a medical university, general contractors of commercial projects, and residential dwellings. Ed and his wife reside in Linville Ridge and Florida.

Jesse Small
Jesse earned a Masters Degree in Economics and has been a well-known, respected tax and business consultant in Hallandale, FL for more than 30 years. He is a limited partner representing DiVall 2. Jesse has most recently been involved in property management and resides at Beech Mountain and Aventura, Florida.

Mike Halus
Mike earned a MA degree from the University of Kansas and is the founder and past president of Enhanced Management, a management consulting and training company. Having taught at the graduate level, he is currently resides in Banner Elk, NC and is a lecturer at Lees-McRae College and Appalachian State University.

Rick Foster
Rick Foster is the owner of Elk River Realty in Banner Elk, NC. He is a 1981 graduate of Appalachian State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing. Rick and his wife, and two daughters reside in Boone.

Dolores M. Sanchez
Dolores resides in Miami, FL and is Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Univision Communications, Inc., the leading Spanish language media company in the U.S. She is licensed to practice law in Florida and Texas and earlier in her career was a prosecutor with the Dade County State Attorney's Office. Dolores enjoys spending time in Valle Crucis with her husband and two daughters.

Lisa LaFosse
Lisa LaFosse is an accomplished professional with more than 20 years of executive management and leadership experience in the specialty retail industry, including Claire's. Her background encompasses the full range of strategic planning, from evaluating corporate business models from the perspective of operations to maximizing a company's brand and profitability.

Ray Cameron
Ray is past president of Molecular Toxicology Inc., a biotech manufacturing company based in Boone NC. The company is involved in the manufacture of products for industrial microbiology, research products for the pharmaceutical industry as well as microbial identification kits found on the International Space Station. Ray is a graduate of Lees McRae College and the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Lees McRae. Ray and his wife Heather live in Boone NC.

Barry D. Setzer
Barry is recently retired as Chairman and CEO of Worldtex, Inc, NYSE WTX, a leading International Manufacturer of Elastomeric Yarns and fabrics for the Apparel Industry. Currently, Barry is Founder of Victory 8 Garden, LLC, a new startup company that has developed and is marketing a revolutionary new raised garden bed product. Barry and his wife Bonnie reside in Blowing Rock, NC.