Dr. Margaret Combs Department Chair and Professor
Office:Hutton School of Business, Room 214

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  • Doctor of Business Administration, University of Sarasota
  • Master of Science in Accounting, University of Kentucky
  • Master of Arts, Eastern Kentucky University



  • Certified Public Accountant ( Kentucky and Florida)



“The Ethical Development of Accounting Students and Non-Accounting Business Students at Church Affiliated Liberal Arts Colleges: An Empirical Investigation” North American Accounting Society Conference, 2007.

“Accounting Discipline Forum Panel” North American Accounting Society Conference, 2007;

“Creating as Assessment Process Beneficial to Your Organization” Midwest Business Administration Association Conference, 2006.

“Accounting Ethics”, North American Accounting Society Conference, 2003.

“Accounting for Environmental Costs Results in Effective Cost-based Decisions” 2002, North American Accounting Association.



  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Sigma Beta Delta



  • Kentucky State Board of Accountancy member.  Appointed by Gov. Steve Brashear in 2014.  The Board oversees the licensing of all Certified Public Accountants in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Society of CPAs past Board of Directors member


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Kentucky Society of CPAs.



  • Principles of Accounting
  • Financial Management
  • Business Communications
  • Personal Finance

Mr. Jake Brock Assistant Professor
Office:Hutton School of Business

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Mr. Jake Brock joined the faculty of the Hutton School of Business in 2016. Mr. Brock began his career in accounting and business as a cost accountant in the automotive manufacturing industry. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting, graduating summa cum laude, from the University of the Cumberlands in 2012. During his time as an undergraduate student, Mr. Brock served in a variety of leadership positions at Cumberlands, including the offices of president and vice president of the UC Chapter of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration, president of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for Freshmen, and captain of the University’s P.E.A.K. (Promoting and Encouraging Accounting in Kentucky) accounting academic team. He then went on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree in accounting in 2014, followed by his Master of Arts in Christian Studies degree in 2016, both also from the University of the Cumberlands. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree in accounting at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Mr. Brock is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Kentucky, and is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Institute of Management Accountants. He is also an ordained Southern Baptist pastor and serves as pastor of Swiss Colony Baptist Church in London, Kentucky.

Courses Taught
  • BACC131 Principles of Accounting 1
  • BACC132 Principles of Accounting 2
  • BADM450 Business Ethics
  • BUOL450 Business Ethics

Ms. Janie Carter Associate Professor
Office:Hutton School of Business, Room 215

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Ms. E. Jane Carter, a native of Williamsburg, Kentucky, earned her first degree in Music Education, being awarded a B.S. from Cumberland College in 1975. In 1980, she earned an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Kentucky, and has since completed further study at West Georgia College, the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and the Philanthropy Tax Institute.

Ms. Carter is a member of the American Marketing Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, the Kentucky Council for Economic Education, and serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.

Her service as an exceptional educator at University of the Cumberlands has not gone unrecognized. In 1991, she received the Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 1994 she was named Honored Professor recognized by the Student Government Association.

Courses Taught

  • BADM 135 Macroeconomics
  • BADM 136 Microeconomics
  • BADM 334 Principles of Marketing
  • BADM 430 Advertising
  • BADM 433 Services Marketing
  • BADM 435 Consumer Behavior
  • INTR 401, 402 Corporate Internship

Publications and Presentations

"Opportunities at Peking University Through the Consortium for Global Education." Presented September 1998. Annual meeting of the CGE in Phoenix, Arizona.

Mr. Gary Gibson Associate Professor
Office:Hutton School of Business, Rm 213
Phone:(606) 539- 4305

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Dr. Sam Kaninda Assistant Professor
Office:Hutton School of Business, Room 214
Phone:(606) 539-4254

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Dr. R. Michael LaGrone Professor
Office:Hutton School of Business, Room 210
Phone:(606) 539-4273

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When Dr. Mike LaGrone joined the University of the Cumberlands faculty in 1998, he brought with him a wealth of experience as both a teacher and as a business professional. Between 1972 and 1983, he worked as a financial analyst and consultant for companies in Indiana and South Carolina, and since 1984 he has held faculty positions at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.

Like several other members of the Business Administration faculty, Dr. LaGrone’s first degree was earned in another field. In 1969 he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. In 1974, he earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University, and in 1990, a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He was certified to practice as an Enrolled Agent before the IRS in 1983, passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam the same year, and became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 1986.

Dr. LaGrone is a member of the American Accounting Association and of the Institute of Management Accountants, with which he has held several offices, including, most recently, that of President and Webmaster for the Knoxville chapter for 2001-2002. His professional expertise has been further recognized by his selection to serve as a peer reviewer of the Accounting Department of Thomas More College.

Courses Taught

BACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
BACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
BACC 331 Intermediate Accounting I
BACC 332 Intermediate Accounting II
BACC 337 Accounting Information Systems
BACC 431 Cost Accounting I
BACC 432 Cost Accounting II
BACC 436 Governmental Accounting
BADM 330 Legal Environment of Business
Publications and Presentations

"Cooperative Learning Applications in Introductory Accounting and Their Continuing Effects," with J. Davis, forum presentation at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August, 1996.

"Assessment of Instructional Delivery Alternatives in Accounting," with J. Davis, presented to the South Carolina Higher Education Assessment 8th Annual Conference, November 1995.

"Assessment of Environmental Change and the Accounting Principles Courses," with J.R. Davis, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-47th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1995.

"Non-doctoral Accounting Faculty-Perceptions and Role in Business Schools," with J. McMillan, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-46th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1994.

"The Effects of Ethics Instruction on Accounting Graduate Students: Transitory or Persistent?" with J.R. Davis and R. Welton, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-45th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1993.

"An Investigation of the Effects of Ethics Instruction on the Moral Development of Accounting Graduate Students," with R. Welton, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-44th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1992.

"State Space Forecasting of EPS," in the International Association of Business Forecasting’s 5th Annual Conference Proceedings, presented October 1991.

"Evaluation of Multivariate Earnings Forecasting," in The Institute of Management Sciences Southeastern Chapter Proceedings, edited by R. Zigli and S. Steinriede, p. 186-188, and presented October 1991.

"Ethics Seminar," a CPE Session sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, Greenville and Anderson Chapter; presented with R. Welton, Fall 1991 and Spring 1992.

Dr. Henry Luckel Instructor
Office:Available by appointment only

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Dr. Douglas Miller Adjunct Professor
Office:Available by appointment only

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Dr. Vonda Moore Professor of Business Administration and Director, MBA Program
Office:Hutton School of Business, Room 105

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Dr. Gary Moss Associate Professor
Office:Available by appointment only

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