imagesWe are teachers, innovators, and researchers who have a passion for technology. We are faculty at Belmont University’s College of Business Administration. The College of Business is an innovative learning community that prepares entrepreneurial, ethical, and socially responsible future business leaders for the dynamic global economy.

Fewer than 5% of the world’s business schools are able to adhere to standards that result in AACSB accreditation of their business education programs. A much smaller group, fewer than 1% of business schools (178 schools) worldwide, have earned AACSB accreditation for both their business and accounting programs. Belmont University is among the elite group that holds AACSB accreditation in both areas.

Learn more about us and our research below:

howard-cochranDr. Howard H. Cochran, Jr.

Professor of Economics and Finance
Belmont Faculty Webpage

Dr. Howard H. Cochran, Jr., Professor of Economics and Management, teaches both undergraduate and graduate economics, finance and international business courses in Belmont University’s College of Business Administration. He earned his B.B.A. in Finance from Walsh College, M.A. in Economics from Wayne State University, and Doctor of Arts in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. He has completed the Management and Leadership Education program at Harvard University along with a post-doctoral program in finance at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.



marieta-velikovaDr. Marieta V. Velikova

Associate Professor of Economics
Belmont Faculty Webpage

Dr. Velikova received her undergraduate degree from the People’s Friendship University of Russia. Her M.A. in Financial Economics and Ph.D. in Applied Economics were both earned at Mississippi State University, where she worked as a research assistant, academic tutor, and instructor of economics.




brad-childsDr. Brad Childs

Associate Professor of Accounting
Belmont Faculty Webpage

Dr. Childs is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the College of Business Administration at Belmont University. He has been the main instructor in Belmont’s CFP program since its inception in 2002. A licensed attorney in Tennessee, a CPA and a CFP certificate, he earned his Ph.D. at Purdue University (Indiana) and his J.D. at Suffolk University (Massachusetts).



lakisha_simmonsDr. Lakisha L. Simmons

Associate Professor of Management Information Systems.
Belmont Faculty Webpage
Personal Website

Dr. Lakisha Simmons earned her undergraduate degree in Information Systems from Tennessee State University and and she holds a PhD in Management Information Systems with a marketing minor from the University of Mississippi. Immediately prior to joining the Belmont University faculty, she taught MIS courses at Indiana State University. Prior to receiving her doctorate, Dr. Simmons held several positions with Caterpillar Financial Services, including Programmer Analyst and IT Business Analyst. She is founder of Homework Suite Student Planner App and blogger at The