Advisory Board

The Advisory Board for NCGrowth is comprised of faculty, practitioners and experts from across campuses (the entire University wide system) that will provide our teams with expert advice and information regarding our outcome based economic development research and projects.  This Advisory Board will support NCGrowth’s mission of finding solutions to economically distressed areas of rural NC and beyond by helping to create good jobs and equitable opportunities for the people in this state


Alice Ammerman

Alice Ammerman

Researcher and Director, UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Alice Ammerman’s research activities include design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations.

Mark Angolia

Mark Angolia

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, East Carolina University

Mark Angolia, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Industrial Distribution and Logistics degree program in the College of Engineering and Technology at East Carolina University (ECU).

Rebecca Dunning

Rebecca Dunning

Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Rebecca Dunning is a research assistant professor at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) at North Carolina State University and specializes in the social and economic aspects of food systems and food supply chains.

Tim Flood

Tim Flood

Professor, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Tim Flood teaches several courses on presentation skills, global communication, business writing, U.S. language and culture for international and exchange students, and segments of the Communication, Leadership and Career Management series.

Mustafa N. Gultekin

Mustafa N. Gültekin

Associate Professor of Finance, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Mustafa N. Gültekin's work focuses on investments, portfolio theory, asset pricing models, financial modeling, valuation, and risk management.

Tadayuki Hara

Tadayuki Hara

Associate Professor, Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies

Dr. Tadayuki Hara, an associate professor & senior research fellow at the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies, joined the UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in 2005 from School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt

Research Associate, UNC School of Law

Heather Hunt is a research associate at the UNC School of Law, where she documents and examines issues relating to poverty and economic development.

Kenneth Janken

Kenneth Janken

Professor and Director, UNC Center for the Study of the American South.

Kenneth Janken is a professor of African American and Diaspora studies and the director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South.

Venkat Kuppuswamy

Venkat Kuppuswamy

Researcher on Performance Consequences of Firm Scope Choices

Venkat Kuppuswamy researches the boundaries of the firm, diversification, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic alliances. His research focuses on the performance consequences of firm scope choices – encompassing vertical integrations choices and corporate diversification choices made by firms.

Nichola Lowe

Nichola Lowe

Researcher on Economic Development

Dr. Lowe’s work focuses on the institutional arrangements that lead to more inclusive forms of economic development and specifically, the role that practitioners can play in aligning growth and equity goals.

Henry McKoy

Henry McKoy Jr.

Director of Entrepreneurship, North Carolina Central University School of Business

Henry C. McKoy, Jr. is a seasoned professional in community and economic development, policy, government, finance, corporate, and nonprofit leadership. He is currently a faculty member and Director of Entrepreneurship at North Carolina Central University School of Business, as well as holding several appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jonathan Morgan

Jonathan Morgan

Course Director, Basic Economic Development Course.

Jonathan Morgan joined the School of Government in 2003. Prior to that, he worked for Regional Technology Strategies, Inc., an economic and workforce development consulting firm located in Carrboro-Chapel Hill.

John Quinterno

John Quinterno

Principal, South by North Strategies, Ltd.

John Quinterno is the founder and principal of South by North Strategies, Ltd., a research consultancy specializing in economic and social policy.

Gus Simmons

Gus Simmons

Director of Bioenergy

Gus graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biological & Agricultural Engineering, with concentration in biological waste treatment.

Paige Viren

Paige Viren

Researcher on Consumer Behavior and Tourism

Dr. Viren’s research interests revolve around consumer behavior and tourism, with a special focus on adventure travel and sustainable community-based tourism in rural areas.

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NCGrowth’s mission is to help businesses create good jobs and to help communities create sustainable and equitable opportunities for their people.

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