Faculty & Staff

Our In-Class Faculty Teach Online Students

Ashland University’s Online MBA Program is taught by the same professors and faculty who teach in-class.

Faculty Members teaching the Online MBA Program can be found on our COBE faculty listing page located here.

Meet our Administrative & Admissions Staff

Dr. Elad Granot
Dean, Dauch College of Business & Economics


Dr. Granot came to Ashland from his prior position as Dean of the College of Business Administration at Rider University. Prior to his most recent role, he was Assistant Dean at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University where he oversaw MBA programs and worked extensively with online learning. He holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts, an MS in Marketing and Management from Boston University, and a BA from Tel Aviv University.

Dr. Granot has over 25 years of management, administration, and leadership experience in a variety of military, business, and academic institutions. He has served as an executive in large multinational organizations in the United States, Europe, Australia, and Israel and has spoken extensively to diverse groups of managers, companies, and executives around the globe on various business topics. Dr. Granot has advised numerous companies, start-ups, and non-profits on strategic marketing, branding strategies, marketing research, customer service, and competitive positioning.

Dr. Granot possesses a wealth of academic and professional experience, including a record of effective and inspiring leadership, proven management and financial skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit. He has a multifaceted skillset, which includes strategic planning, e-learning and mobile learning, curriculum development, program assessment, policy development, and international educational programs and partnerships.

The Dauch College of Business & Economics is committed to providing the same level of quality for online students as is provided in the classroom setting.

Dr. Raymond Jacobs
Associate Dean Professor


Dr. Raymond Jacobs, associate dean and professor of management in the Dauch College of Business & Economics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1990.

Dr. Jacobs previously served as chair of the MBA program, and is currently the assessment coordinator for the college. He has published articles in several journals on seveal topics, including management science, decision sciences and production and operations management, and has made numerous presentations at national and regional conferences. He has taught a wide variety of courses, primarily in operations management, management and management information systems.

Dr. Jacobs received a M.S. in operations research and systems analysis and a Ph.D. in business administration, in the area of operations management, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received a B.A. in economics and mathematics/computer science from the College of William & Mary.

Steve Krispinsky
Executive Director of MBA Programs


Steve has worked at Ashland University for more than 30 years. In 1979, Steve started his career as Assistant Director of Special Programs, and was promoted to Director in 1980. He soon became director of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration evening and weekend program. He became director of the BSBA and MBA Extension programs and served in that role until he was appointed to his current position as executive director of the MBA Program in 1996.

Steve is a member of the Dauch College of Business and Economics Dean’s Council, a member of Graduate Council and has served on numerous faculty and administrative search committees. He also is a member of the MBA Curriculum Committee and a member of the MBA Admissions Committee and chaired search committees for Assistant Director of MBA Program. He also served as a member of the Ashland University Marketing Committee during the 1990s.

Steve received the Ellis Award from the Dauch College of Business and Economics in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Academic Mentor Award in 1996. He is an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta (National Honorary Business Society) and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership society. He also served on the initial ACBSP committee for the Business School accreditation in 1992-1993.

Steve has a master of arts degree from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor of science degree from Ferris State University, and Ph.D. coursework completed at Ohio University. He and his wife, Patti, have three children, Danny (’06, ’10 MBA), Michael and Kelly, currently a sophomore at Ashland.

Ronald Mickler, Jr.
Director, Center for Academic Support


Ronald Mickler, Jr currently serves as the Director of the Center of Academic Support and is also the Special Assistant to the Dean, MBA Programs at Ashland University. Mickler has 20 years of professional experience within higher educational institutions, specializing in academic advising and student services within undergraduate and graduate programs. Mickler is also a member of the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Advisory Board for Private Institutions.

Mickler joined Ashland from Cleveland State University, where he previously served as assistant director of Graduate Business Programs since 2013. In that role, he directly oversaw the administration of all Graduate Business Programs and assisted upper administration and faculty with evaluations of effectiveness and provided recommendations for alternative work methods, procedures and staffing.

Mickler received the degree of Business Administration in Human Resources Management with Honors from Cleveland State University. He continued his career as an academic advisor while pursuing his Graduate Degree. In 2006, he earned his Master’s of Education Degree. Mickler is also an Honorary Inductee into Beta Gamma Sigma and resides in Medina with his wife Lindsey and their two children Miles and Chandler.

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