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Beacom School of Business Welcomes New Faculty

Photo of new 2017 Beacom faculty - Bart Hanus, Matt Friedman, Karen Davies, Kwabena Kesse and Dean Venky. Beacom's new faculty, pictured left to right: Bart Hanus, Matt Friedman, Karen Davies, Kwabena Kesse and Dean Venky Venkatachalam.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota welcomes four new faculty members to begin in the fall 2017 semester.

The new faculty members include Kwabena Kesse, assistant professor of finance, Karen Davies, instructor of accounting, Bart Hanus, assistant professor of operational analytics, and Matt Friedman, visiting assistant professor of economics.

“We are excited to be adding these exceptional scholars to our faculty at the Beacom School of Business,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “These professionals bring not only educational expertise but also real-world experience that will benefit our students. These additions complement our current faculty and improve our ability to provide a first-class education to our students.”

Kwabena Kesse is an assistant professor of finance at the Beacom School of Business. Kesse completed his doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and a master’s degree in actuarial science from Ball State University. His research interests include currency carry trade, emerging market investments, foreign direct investments and international corporate finance. Kesse will be primarily teaching investments, security analysis and international finance at the University of South Dakota. Kesse previously taught at the University of North Carolina and at Bradley University.

Karen Davies returns to the Beacom School of Business as an instructor of accounting. She teaches graduate and undergraduate accounting classes including principles of accounting and managerial accounting. Her research interests include practitioner topics in not-for-profit accounting and governmental accounting, tax reform and teaching methodology. She received her Bachelor of Science in business administration, majoring in accounting and her Master of Professional Accountancy degree from the University of South Dakota. Davies previously served as the CFO for the University of South Dakota Foundation for more than 20 years.

Bart Hanus is an assistant professor of decision sciences at the Beacom School of Business. He earned undergraduate degrees in both accounting and corporate finance. He graduated with a Ph.D. degree in business computer information systems from the University of North Texas. His primary research interests revolve around information security and other topics related to this area. Hanus will primarily be responsible for teaching information systems for business professionals. Prior to joining the Beacom School of Business, Hanus taught information systems courses at Emporia State University.

Matt Friedman is a visiting assistant professor of economics at the Beacom School of Business. Friedman earned a doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds dual-degrees in economics and broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder. Friedman’s research interests include public economics, law and economics, applied microeconomics and tax policy. Friedman previously taught economics at Chaminade University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


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