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School of Business

Here at LCU School of Business we seek to graduate not just highly-educated students, but students who are also highly-ethical—they know how to lead and manage. We want to give them experiences outside of the classroom—so we will take trips to New York where we visit the places like the New York Stock Exchange. We have a competition each spring called Chap Tank, which is a small business idea competition where students can earn prize money and help them fund their business and their idea. We have a Leadership Summit trip where we bring our students together with business professionals—business leaders who not only are at the top of their organizations, but there are also Christians. We give our students so many opportunities to bridge the gap of classroom knowledge and practical real-world application, which is evident when you combine what we do in the classroom with what we do outside of the classroom. With our students, then when they graduate from LCU, they are well-prepared for a career in whatever field it is that they’ve chosen, whether it's accounting, economics, finance, or digital media arts. It may be that you have a perspective outside of the classroom that's valuable that students won't get at every university. “Because of LCU connections, I've managed to get an internship at a huge restaurant chain working in the finance department. The first day I was in the office, the financial director showed me some of the day-to-day operations. Some of the things that he showed me were things that I was familiar with from the classes that I've taken here. This included sales projections, spreadsheets, how they do the payroll—the fact that I was already familiar with some of the tools and ideas that he was overseeing made it easy for me to step into the internship and explain my knowledge in the field of Finance.” “My senior year I wasn't sure of what I wanted to do I. told Tiffany that they have sent me an email from this bank saying that they would like to interview me. She helped set up a mock interview so that they could help me prepare. That sounded really good because I was really scared and I had never done this type of interview before. That day I went in and she helped me cover information like what I should or shouldn't say. The real interview was with the HR director, but since my professors had prepared me, it felt like it was just a normal conversation with her because she did ask me some of the questions that they had already prepared me for. It was just like telling her about myself, and now I have a full-time job at ABC Bank. It's just so great being around people that are so friendly each day. Everyone gets along really well, and it's really a nice place to work.” “I really that we have great teachers, who are knowledgeable and who are well-educated, who know what they're talking about. Anyone who's looking at where they want to go to school, I want to invite you to come down to let us show you around. Let us show you that we really are going to take care of you and get to know you as a student as a person.”

A Message From the Dean

Welcome to the Lubbock Christian University School of Business! We invite you to explore these pages, within which we offer you a brief introduction to an educational experience unmatched by any other you will find. Our community offers dynamic, comprehensive programs of study in a variety of business and technology-related fields:

  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems Management, and emphases in Management, Marketing, and General Business;
  • Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor's of Science (BA/BS) in Economics;
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Systems and Technology; 
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Digital Media Arts and Applications.

These programs are developed and led by an exceptional and diverse faculty who represent the best of real-world business experience and success, award-winning mastery in the art of teaching, consistent excellence in academic scholarship, and passion for the well-being of each individual student. The gifted professionals charged with overseeing our programs all believe strongly in the mission of Lubbock Christian University: to be a Christ-centered, academic community of learners, transforming the hearts, minds, and hands of students for lives of purpose and service.

Our unwavering commitment to providing outstanding, unparalleled business education is demonstrated by our accreditation by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Our dedication to students of today and tomorrow is exemplified by the Christa Dobbs Center for Business, a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility that has housed the School of Business since 2018.

Upon graduation, students of the LCU School of Business enjoy fantastic career opportunities followed by tremendous career and life success. Our graduates are sought after and prized—for their knowledge and skills; for their commitment to strong work ethic, humility, and integrity; and for the mission-focused energy, positive contribution, winning attitude, and commitment to high standards that are hallmarks of the LCU School of Business culture and identity. Here at LCU, we teach. We strengthen. We equip. We build. We prepare. And then, we send out into the world leaders who will serve, inspire, make a difference, and light the way.

Whether you are a new student just out of high school or a non-traditional student returning to facilitate your career advancement, we invite you to join our family for what I am certain will be a deeply meaningful, one-of-a-kind, transformative educational experience. Here you will be loved, valued, respected, served, challenged, and supported as together we pursue our vision of lasting, world-changing impact.

Matt Bumstead
Dean, LCU School of Business

Matt Bumstead, Dean, LCU School of Business

School of Business Programs

Mission

The mission of the Lubbock Christian University School of Business is to prepare students for their calling as Christ-centered Business professionals, fully equipped for lives of Christian service and leadership.   

Vision

To be the leading Christian business school in the region, while strategically expanding our reach and impact across the southwest, the nation, and the world.

The School of Business shares and affirms the values of Lubbock Christian University:

We seek to be authentically Christian, guided by our Christian faith in every dimension of our life as a community of higher learning.

  • We are committed to students, passionately seeking to provide a transformative educational experience. 
  • We are scholars and co-discoverers, guided by Christian wisdom while diligently seeking the truth in every discipline.
  • We are a welcoming community, embodying a spirit of hospitality in every aspect of our life together.
  • We are thoughtfully engaged, committed to serving as agents, models, and witnesses of the Kingdom of God in our families, churches, and communities.
  • We pursue the highest standards of excellence, “working with all our hearts, as working for the Lord,” and seeking to glorify God in everything we do.
  • We act with integrity, striving to discern right from wrong, speaking the truth, and keeping our commitments.
  • We treat others with dignity and respect, valuing each person as one made in God’s image.

Course Catalog

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Full-Time Faculty

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Brian Starr came to Lubbock Christian University from Austin, Texas in 2004 with his wife, Kristi and his three children, Josh, Caleb and Rachel. He previously worked for nine years in the retirement plan consulting industry and had also served for four years in campus ministry at the University Avenue Church of Christ. He teaches Microeconomics and Investments.

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Matt Bumstead is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and holds an M.B.A. from Texas Tech University. He has served as Dean of the School of Business since 2020. Matt has taught at LCU since 2016, when he was named CEO in Residence for the School of Business. Matt spent twenty years at United Supermarkets, where, as a fourth-generation member of family ownership, he served as Co-President and a member of the Board of Advisors. Matt teaches senior capstone and freshman introductory courses and developed Faith and Business, the signature experience of LCU’s Center for Faith and Business. Matt, his wife, Krista, and their three children worship at LakeRidge United Methodist Church.

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Brad Rogers is a Graduate of LCU and holds a Bachelor’s in Bible, Masters in Organization Management, and ABD with a Ph. D in Management. He works with Graduate Studies and teaches Management in the School of Business. Brad’s wife Lindsay is a graduate of LCU with a Degree in Elementary Education. They have two daughters in High School. 

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A native of Dallas, Dr. Dabbs grew up in Wisconsin, graduating from Cudahy High School in 1981 and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1986.  He earned his master’s degree in economics from the University of North Texas in 1989, and his Ph.D.—also in economics—from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1996.  Dr. Dabbs was on the faculty of Louisiana State University at Alexandria from 1996 to 2001, where he also served as the chair for the Division of Business Administration from 1997 onward.  He joined LCU in 2001 as Associate Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Business Administration, rising to the rank of full professor in 2009, and taking on the role of chair for Academic Affairs for the LCU School of Business upon its creation in 2015.  He is married with one son in college and two troublesome dogs.    

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Dr. Caren Fullerton has been with LCU since 2004. Prior to coming to LCU, she worked in the commercial banking industry for 8 years supporting a diverse set of customers from a large supermarket chain, a significant hospital entity, and an oil company headquartered in Australia with a refinery off the coast of Papua, New Guinea. While with the bank, she was the recipient of many sales awards earning multiple all expense paid trips to hot spots like Las Vegas, Nevada and Orlando, FL. She also worked in the bank's accounting area compiling and publishing required governmental reports.

Dr. Fullerton holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from Texas Tech University with a minor in Management. Dr. Fullerton successfully defended her dissertation entitled, "A Simulation Analysis of Cotton Gin Financial Viability Under Risk" in December of 2009.

 

She and her husband, John, a realtor and a retired high school teacher, have two children. They are members at Sunset Church of Christ. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and reading.

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Originally from Kansas, Dr. Josh Sauerwein, CPA has been teaching accounting since 2008.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Tabor College (KS), his Master’s from Emporia State University (KS), and his DBA (Accounting) from Anderson University (IN).  Josh was on the faculty of Bethel University (IN) from 2008 to 2012 and George Fox University from 2012 to 2020.  He joined LCU in 2020 as an Associate Professor of Accounting.  Before teaching, he worked as a controller, financial consultant, business valuation consultant, and an associate/executive pastor.  He is married to his beautiful wife, Michelle, and has amazing three children, Kai, Isaac, and Maycen.  When he isn't teaching, researching or visiting with students, he enjoys reading, fishing, hiking, camping and a good fall Saturday of BBQ and watching Kansas State University football.

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Dr. Doug Darby has been with LCU since 2018. He is an assistant professor in the School of Business and coordinator for the Information Systems and Technology, Management Information Systems, and Digital Media Applications programs, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Chap Gaming Club. Dr. Darby earned his B.S. in Psychology in 1988 and M.S. in Digital Media in 2000, both from Abilene Christian University, and received his Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas in 2018. His doctoral research and dissertation focused on the development of a taxonomy of online learner types in higher education, and his present research areas include gamification and immersive environments, applications of emerging technologies, online learning environments and learners types, and disruptive business technologies. Dr. Darby has over 30 years professional experience working in the technology and digital media industry.

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Dr. Clyde Neff holds a Doctorate of Business Administration. Clyde came to LCU full-time in 2005 after serving as an adjunct professor for one year. His primary teaching areas are marketing, personal finance, and ethics. Clyde and his wife Anita are deeply involved in the Broadway Church of Christ “FriendSpeak” program, utilizing God’s word in teaching English to visiting international scholars and students.

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Lamar Reinsch entered LCU (then LCC) as a first year student in 1965, graduating in 1967. He returned 50 years later in 2015 with the goal of helping today’s students just as LCU had helped him. Lamar earned graduate degrees from Central Michigan University and the University of Kansas. During a long academic career, he held faculty positions at Western Illinois University, Oklahoma State University, Abilene Christian University, and Georgetown University—serving in a variety of administrative positions and earning tenure at three different schools. Lamar is a past president of the international Association for Business Communication, and a past editor of the International Journal of Business Communication. His research has been published in a variety of academic periodicals including Communication MonographsHuman Communication ResearchAcademy of Management JournalJournal of Business EthicsAcademy of Management ReviewInternational Journal of Business Communication, and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication

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Dr. Laci Richardson is a life-long Lubbock resident who began teaching accounting at LCU in 2017.  She received her Master of Science in Accounting in 1997 and her Certified Public Accountant license in 1998.  She worked in public accounting for twelve years and owned her own small business for seven years.  Dr. Richardson completed her PhD in Accounting in 2020 and is the Program Coordinator for the accounting program.  She is married to Raymond Richardson, who serves as a Vice President at LCU, and they have two children, Leah and Ryan.  Dr. Richardson is living out her calling at LCU by helping students to fall in love with Jesus, discover their own callings, and graduate as excellent accountants. 

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Ms. Haley Burton grew up in the Lubbock area and is a 2015 graduate of LCU with degrees in Accounting and Finance. Haley was a member of the women’s basketball team while at LCU from 2010 to 2015. After working at a local public accounting firm for the last five years, Haley returned to LCU in the Spring of 2020 to teach Finance for the School of Business. She received her M.S. in Finance and Economics from West Texas A&M University in 2019, and is currently working on a Ph.D.-BA with an emphasis in Financial Management from Northcentral University. Haley is an active member at South Plains Church of Christ.

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Adjunct Faculty and Staff

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I am the Director of Development Communications at Texas Tech where I design brochures, signs and proposals for million dollar donors. I am also a free lance photographer and graphic artist. I was formally marketing director at LCU before moving to Texas Tech. I have been working with photography since 1984 and designing documents since 1989. I have a background in radio, television and newspaper advertising and broadcast.

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I grew up in Abernathy, Texas, and graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Game Design from Full Sail University. I worked in the indie game market as a level designer for two years. Attended LCU in the Fall of 2018 and graduated in the Spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Administration – General Business. During my time at LCU, I cofounded the Chap Gaming Club as well as competed in Chap Tank where I placed second with the proposal of launching a game studio. In the Fall of 2020, I was hired as a research assistant for the School of Business. I am currently working on a Master of Science in Learning Technology from the University of North Texas.

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