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Music Business Major

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Meet the Faculty

Danara Moore

Danara Moore

Music Business Professor
danara.moore@greenville.edu

After receiving her Masters of Music Business from New York University,
Danara was recruited by the International Marketing Department of Epic Records. She became the first individual in the music industry to hold a position solely dedicated to the international marketing of Christian music into the general market. While at Epic, Danara was also intricately involved in the international marketing of superstar Shakira. She held the position of international marketing coordinator during the record-breaking releases of Fijacion Oral 1 and Oral Fixation 2.

Soon after, she joined the Columbia Records marketing team as a domestic marketing manager working with a wide variety of artists spanning from T Bone Burnett to P.O.D. Danara also acted as Sony Music's New York liaison in assisting with the record release and promotion plans for all christian and/or crossover music distributed through Sony Music.

Danara's diverse experience also includes being the founder of a Nashville based college marketing company, The KDR Group, an adjunct professor at The Contemporary Music Center, Martha's Vineyard and most recently as the BestSemester Marketing Manager for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Washington DC. She has also been involved in the music industry documentary Broke* featuring (amongst others): Will Gray, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Seth Godin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller.

Though most of her adult life has been spent in big cities, Danara and her husband Zachary came to Greenville already accustomed to the cornfields. They are both natives of rural Ohio.

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Elizabeth Ahern

Elizabeth Ahern

Director of Cross Cultural & International Programs and Professor of Business
elizabeth.ahern@greenville.edu

Elizabeth de la Garza-Ahern directs the International Affairs Department, teaches cross-cultural, international and strategic management at Greenville College and serves as consultant on international trade matters - helping businesses to connect the dots in the complex world of international business. She is a CGBP (Certified Global Business Professional). Prior to joining Greenville College in 2008, she worked in international business. Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors for CIBER (Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign) and the American Red Cross.

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Jacob Amundson

Jacob Amundson

Associate Professor of Art and Digital Media, Director of Campus Film Studies
jacob.amundson@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

My favorite part of working here at GC is really the people I get to interact with. The faculty and staff are amazing but the students are the best part. I get to talk about Digital Media, Art, and life with them on a daily basis both inside the classroom and in the act of living together in community. We get to explore creation and creativity together in ways that teach me just as much as I want to teach students in my classes.

What attracted you to the Art Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I was one of the first few students who had the opportunity to study graphic design formally at GC. A lot of times, advancements in technology aren't fully understood or completed entirely until artists get a hold of them and break them down both physically and philosophically.

Besides teaching at Greenville, I am also a professional artist. I combine my digital media practices with my studio practice to create works that I show in galleries. To see more of how they are integrated, visit www.jacobamundson.com.

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Jane Bell

Jane Bell

Assistant Professor of Management
jane.bell@greenville.edu

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John R. Chism

John R. Chism

Professor of Management
jack.chism@greenville.edu

I have taught at GC longer than any of the faculty in the department, 27 years! I bring a wide background, from the past and the present. After growing up on a farm in west central Illinois, I attended Greenville College where I met my wife Susan. We now have four children and thirteen grandchildren. After college, I taught in Wisconsin public schools and served as an officer in the US Air Force. I then started an agency for Northwestern Mutual Life, selling, recruiting, and training for eight years. In 1983 I accepted an invitation to serve at Greenville College, as an instructor, fund raiser, member of many committees, and as department chair for 10 years. I have taught a wide variety of business courses, but I most enjoy economics.

I completed all of my graduate education while pursuing a full-time career. At first I commuted to the University of Illinois for his MBA while in the insurance business; then to SIU-Edwardsville for his Masters in Economics while teaching at Greenville College.

I help my students think like economists: Never waste your resources; but channel them toward their most valuable uses. Exercise sound stewardship. Increase wealth for your family, your community, and the world. Maximize your productive service to your client. Respect your fellow human's property rights. Trust the marketplace. Accept full responsibility for your results, good or bad. Consider secondary consequences and opportunity costs. Create, as one who was made in our Creator's likeness.

I constantly seek experiences that will enrich my teaching and thinking. My consulting and exploring has taken me to Ukraine, Rwanda, and the Philippines, where I advised a charitable organization on setting up a micro-finance service. I volunteer for a number of community activities, including City Planning Commission, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Relay for Life, and the Hospital Auxiliary Annual Book Fair. In addition I serve on the boards of several charitable foundations. I also operate a successful online retail business, started in 2004.

In a turning point experience, I survived leukemia (AML) in 2002. This changed my attitude toward aging, good health, death, and living a productive and loving life. Also it channeled some of my side interests toward helping organizations that work to overcome cancer and to comfort its victims.

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Deloy Cole

Deloy Cole

Chair, Digital Media Department
deloy.cole@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I love the many opportunities that my job provides for me to get creative with my students. It is a joy to watch as they discover their own creativity through the many interactive projects they must complete over their four years at GC. Ultimately, my greatest joy lies in watching them succeed beyond the realms of their education, as they enter the job market and begin down the path towards a successful and rewarding career.     

What attracted you to the CIS Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I first discovered computers during my time in college. I learned early on that I get bored easily, so variety would be a necessity in any career I chose to pursue. Technology is always changing, always developing, so there's always something new to learn.

I currently provide consultation for several websites and databases. My recent work has been targeted towards a number of not-for-profit community organizations, including the Dirty Roots Revolution, the Simple Room, as well as the Greenville Regional Hospital. My main passion, however, lies in merging digital media with missions. As I participate in mission's trips each year, to destinations including India, Venezuela, Guatemala and New Orleans, I strive to create media that will encourage other people to become involved in missions as well. Some of my favorite trips have been organized by GC, travelling with students to California, Colorado and the Caribbean.

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Mr. Gary Erickson

Assistant Professor of Music
gary.erickson@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I feel that I am more of a "players coach" where we work together to achieve goals together. I don't sit back and simply lecture; I roll my sleeves up and get right in there with you working together. One of my favorite parts is seeing how students grow, mature and change so much from their freshmen year to seniors. Having an opportunity to have a hand in that growth and transformation is very rewarding. Earning a degree is not the end means of the college experience, it is merely a marker along the way in the process of your life long journey and it is my pleasure to help along the way.

What attracted you to the Music Department, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I had been playing cello and piano since I was in grade school and started singing in high school. Music and computers were a passion of mine growing up. I have since earned a number of degrees in various areas and have had jobs where I have been able to combine all the various interests into a single job. At first, music and computers were a passion... now I teach music using some of the most advanced music technology available!

I still sing, play piano, play cello, lead worship services and create original compositions as my time allows. Having a connection to the performing arts and being able to play and sing songs in a manner to help others is still very important to me.

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Larry Sayler

Dr. Larry Sayler

Professor of Management, Chair of Business Management Department
larry.sayler@greenville.edu

What's your favorite thing about working at Greenville College?

I like Greenville College students and I like my colleagues. Most Greenville College students strive to learn the material presented in the classroom and want to improve themselves through both academic and extra-curricular activities. They want their lives to be meaningful. Further, my colleagues both within the Management Department and throughout the College are high quality people. They frequently have significant non-academic experience which enhances their classroom teaching. Most importantly, they are earnest about their faith.

What attracted you to the Management/Business, and how do you use it outside of the classroom?

I spent about 20 years "doing" business and accounting before starting full time teaching, much of those early years with General Electric. I love this field. In the United States business and free-enterprise are the engines that propel our economic growth. Business provides the goods and services people want and need. And business frequently provides the opportunity for people to improve themselves financially. I continue to find management principles useful with my work for a variety of organizations - Member of the Administrative Board of my local church, Board member of Bond County Habitat for Humanity, Board member for Christian Business Faculty Association, among others.

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Suzanne Davis

Suzanne Davis

Chief of Staff, In-House Legal Counsel, Assistant Volleyball Coach
suzanne.davis@greenville.edu

Career Opportunities

  • Booking Agent
  • Band Manager
  • Record Label Employee
  • Venue Operator
  • Production Manager at Venue