Retired General Motors executive to speak at ECU

The retired plant manager of General Motors will present “Trust Me: Building Lasting Success through Employee Engagement” at 3 p.m. Nov. 12 in Hendrix Theater at East Carolina University. The event is free and open to the public.



Lintz retired from GM in 2000 following 36 years of service, including work that helped turn a distressed GM stamping plant into one of the company’s most efficient plants worldwide.

A Flint, Michigan native, he began his career at GM after graduating from Michigan State University in 1963 and rose through several leadership positions to the manager role.

The book, “Becoming a Trustworthy Leader,” written by Dr. Aneil Mishra, the Thomas D. Arthur Professor of Leadership in the ECU College of Business, highlights Lintz’s leadership journey.

Lintz serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s top hospitals, where he focuses on the Quality, Safety, and Patient Experience Committee.  He also serves on the Cleveland Clinic’s Audit Committee and the Research and Education Committees.  He has worked for many years with the Boys Hope/Girls Hope Foundation, and he helped raise money for charity through the original “Ghostbusters” vehicle that he owned.

Dr. Stan Eakins, dean of the College of Business, said, “Bob’s leadership vision, along with his courage, humility, and authenticity, challenged the status quo at GM. We are proud to have him visit ECU and teach us how critical it is to build trust as a leader.”

The presentation is part of the Cunanan Leadership Speaker Series, which brings distinguished leaders to ECU. The series was made possible by a gift from alumni Steve and Ellen Cunanan of Louisville, Kentucky.

For additional information, contact Jennifer Brezina, ECU College of Business, at


Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the College of Business have reported recent publications as follows:

  • By Tracy Tuten (Marketing and Supply Chain Management): “Creating Consumuments: The Use of Artistic Interpretation of Text as an Insight Mining Device in Advertising Courses” in the Atlantic Marketing Journal; and “Before and Beyond the Social Moment of Engagement: Perspectives on the Negative Utilities of Social Media Marketing,” in Gestion 2000.
  • By Thanh Ngo (Finance): “Private information leakages and informed trading returns of tech target firms” in the Journal of High Technology Management Research; “Regulating informed trading before merger bids in Canada” in the International Journal of Corporate Governance; and “Cross-Border Acquisitions of State-Owned Enterprises” in the Journal of International Business Studies.
  • By Cody Chullen (Management): “The Mediating Effects of Role Stressors in Supervisor to Subordinate Burnout” in Problems and Perspectives in Management; and “How Does Supervisor Burnout Affect Leader-Member Exchange? A Dyadic Perspective” in the International Business & Economics Research Journal.
  • By Oneil Harris (Finance) with Thanh Ngo (Finance), “Corporate diversification, real activities manipulation, and firm value” in the Journal of Multinational Financial Management.
  • By Denise E. Dickins (Accounting) with Rebecca Fay (Accounting) and John Reisch (Accounting), “Measuring and Communicating Audit Quality: The New AQIs” in the CPA Journal.
  • By Stacey Robinson (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Customer delight and work engagement” in the Journal of Services Marketing.”
  • By Shanan Gibson (Management) with Michael Harris (Management): “The impact of strategic focus and previous business experience on small business performance” in the Journal of Small Business Strategy; “Investigating the entrepreneurial attitudes of African Americans: A study of young adults” in the Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship; and “Social Representations of Entrepreneurship” in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • By Joshua Bendickson (Management): “A look at the corporate entrepreneurship-employee commitment relationship through the HR architecture” in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship; and “Social Representations of Entrepreneurship” in the Journal of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the College of Business have reported recent publications as follows:

  • By Ericka Lawrence (Management), “A Tale of Perception: The Role of Perceived Intent on OCBs and Interpersonal Relationships” in the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management.
  • By Chris Furner (Management Information Systems), “A multinational study of espoused national cultural and review characteristics in the formation of trust in online product reviews“ in the International Journal of Services Technology and Management.
  • By Denise E Dickins (Accounting), “Practitioner Summary: Offshoring Audit Tasks and Jurors’ Evaluations of Damage Awards Against Auditors“ in the journal, Current Issues in Auditing.
  • By Scott Dellana with John Kros (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “An exploration of quality management practices, perceptions, and program maturity in the supply chain“ in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
  • By Cody Chullen (Management) with James Zemanek (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Tribalism among US-Based Premier League Supporters Groups: A Tribal Marketing Perspective“ in Innovative Marketing. Also by Chullen, “How Does Supervisor Burnout Affect Leader-Member Exchange? A Dyadic Perspective” in the International Business & Economics Research Journal.
  • By Jack Karns (Finance), “The Kovel Rule: Extension of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Accountants and Other Professionals in Tax Cases“ in Trinity Law Review.
  • By Stacey Robinson (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “Using an Old Dog for New Tricks A Regulatory Focus Perspective on Consumer Acceptance of RFID Applications“ in the Journal of Service Research; and “Touch vs. Tech: When Technology Functions as a Barrier or a Benefit to Service Encounters“ in the Journal of Marketing.
  • By Scott Dellana (Marketing and Supply Chain Management), “A Quality and Partnering-Based Model for Improving Supply Chain Performance“ in the International Journal of Strategic Decision Sciences.



Business faculty report publications

Faculty in the ECU College of Business have reported the following publications:

  • Articles by April Reed (Management Information Systems), “Exploring the Role of Communication Media in the Informing Science Model – An Information Technology Project Management Perspective,“ in Informing Science, the International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline; and “Technology Related Risks on Virtual Software Development Projects,“ in the International Journal of Information Technology Project Management.
  • Article by Jack Karns (Finance), “Calculating ‘Actual Injury’ for Purposes of Determining ‘Standing’ and Fiduciary Responsibilities in Class Action Stock-Drop Cases,” in the Journal of Pension Planning & Compliance.
  • Articles by Oneil Harris (Finance), “The impact of mispricing and asymmetric information on the price discount of private placements of common stock,“ in Financial Review; “The impact of TARP on bank efficiency,“ in the Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money; “On the sensitivity of the Black CAPM to the market portfolio,“ in Risk and Decision Analysis; and “Governance, type of blockholder, and takeovers,“ in Managerial Finance.

College of Business honors its founding dean

Mary Ann Browning, widow of the late Dr. Elmer R. Browning, and their son Robert R. Browning, unveil the portrait honoring Browning as the first dean of what is now ECU's College of Business. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

Mary Ann Browning and Robert R. Browning unveil the portrait honoring the late Dr. Elmer R. Browning as the first dean of what is now ECU’s College of Business. Robert is the son of Elmer Browning and Mary Ann is Robert’s wife. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

By Steve Tuttle
ECU News Services

A classroom in the Bate Building was dedicated on Thursday to the memory of the late Dr. Elmer R. Browning, who served as the first dean of what is now the College of Business during a 32-year career on the faculty.

“We are extremely proud of where we are and where we are going,” said former College of Business Dean James Bearden, “but we have deep roots and that’s what we’re honoring today.”

“I’m pleased that you all came today to witness this, because (Browning) has a special legacy here,” Chancellor Steve Ballard said at the ceremony. “(Because of Browning), this is a college in ascendency.”

Browning and his wife, Marie, an English instructor, both taught at East Carolina from 1932 until 1968. The Brownings served under five presidents of the college. Browning also was faculty manager of the student store and the Y-Hut. He also served as the school’s postmaster for many years.

Browning’s son, former N.C. Superior Court Judge Robert R. “Bob” Browning of Greenville, said East Carolina’s business school “was the love of his life. East Carolina is a part of my heritage.”

He said seven family members have graduated from East Carolina, including his wife, Mary Ann, two of their children and their wives.

Elmer Browning was the first instructor hired in the new Department of Commerce. The department started with two instructors, 11 students and 25 typewriters. The curriculum was entirely a teacher education program with an emphasis on typing, shorthand and other office skills.

In 1960 the department was elevated to the School of Business with a curriculum that focused on professional business and management.

Beginning in the mid 1950s, Browning began a dogged effort to achieve accreditation for the School of Business from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

When that recognition finally came in 1967, East Carolina became just the third accredited school of business in North Carolina—the others were at UNC Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University–and one of just 132 in the nation.

When Browning retired in 1968 the School of Business had grown to 1,800 students, 51 full-time faculty members and 20 graduate teaching fellows.

Today it has more than 3,000 undergraduate majors and nearly 1,000 graduate students.

In 1962, the Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity and three other student groups raised money to commission an oil portrait of Browning. The portrait was hung in the lounge of Rawl, where the School of Business was centered until moving to the Bate Building in 1988.

That portrait, after cleaning and restoration work, will now hang in Room 1400 of Bate. A plaque will be mounted on a wall outside the classroom paying tribute to Browning as the first dean of the business school.

A native of Logan, W.Va., Browning received his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green College of Commerce. He received a master’s from Marshall University and a doctorate from Colorado State University. He came to East Carolina after serving as principal in West Virginia high schools.

He died in 1990 at age 86.