College of Business Faculty Biographies

Gary Brunswick
Professor - Marketing

Dr. Gary J. Brunswick holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University, and currently holds the rank of Professor of Marketing at Northern Michigan University. His research interests include marketing strategy, services marketing and e-commerce. He also holds an MBA from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and two undergraduate degrees from Northern Michigan University (Associate Degree, and Bachelor of Science - Summa Cum Laude). 

His research has been published in wide range of journals including, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Consumer Behavior, The Marketing Management Journal, The Journal of Professional Services Marketing, The International Journal of Case Studies and Research, The Journal of the International Academy of Case Studies, The Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, The Journal of Business Case Studies, and The Academy of Marketing Studies Journal. 

He has received the Distinguished Faculty Award from NMU, as well as the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, along with 3 teaching awards within the College of Business, including the MBA Program Professor of the Year Award.

Michael Crum
Assistant Professor - Management

Dr. Michael D. Crum is an Assistant Professor at Northern Michigan University. He has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Louisville. He also holds an MBA, a Master’s in Strategic Finance, and a Bachelor’s degree with majors in Accounting and Finance from Indiana University Southeast. He has taught a number of courses in management and entrepreneurship at NMU. 

Michael has published articles in journals such as the Journal of Business Research, the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and the Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences. He is currently working on several research papers focusing on the following research and pedagogical topics: (1) how productive entrepreneurship can manifest itself in economies plagued by corruption and substantial regulatory burdens, (2) how entrepreneurs can be successful when they lack legitimacy, (3) how methods of constructing numerical taxonomies (i.e. cluster analysis) can be applied to answer research questions in the field of entrepreneurship, and (4) how Monte Carlo simulations can be used to enhance entrepreneurial finance courses.

Michael has a number of hobbies, including reading, traveling, biking, fishing, building models, and tinkering with electronics. He also enjoys collecting books, minerals, model steam engines, and Lionel trains. 

Madison Ngafeeson
Assistant Professor - Information Systems

Madison_Ngafeeson_tlarge.jpgDr. Madison Ngafeeson is an assistant professor at the College of Business, Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration with emphasis in Computer Information Systems from the University of Texas-Pan American, in Edinburg, TX; a Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Southern University at New Orleans, in New Orleans, LA; and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from the University of Buea, in Buea, Cameroon.

Madison is a passionate teacher and researcher. His general teaching and research interests are in the areas of the adoption, implementation, diffusion and use of information systems in organizations. His major research focus is health information technology management. Madison’s publications appear in reputable national and international conferences as the Decision Sciences Institute and the European Conference on Information Systems; as well as journal outlets as the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, the International Journal of Electronic Government Research, and the International Journal of Electronic Finance.

Madison served in the healthcare industry as a medical laboratory technician and a dental assistant internationally before joining the academe. He also served as a national president for a not-for-profit organization before going to graduate school. Madison feels blessed to be able to bring these diverse and rich experiences into the classroom, and to be part of a growing information systems program here at NMU’s College of Business.

Gary Stark
Associate Professor - Management

Dr. Gary Stark holds a Ph.D. from University of Nebraska and BS & MBA from Kansas State University (two blocks from where he grew up in Manhattan, Kansas). His research tends to fall into two areas -- research on teaching and learning and research at the boundaries of Organizational Behavior and Social Psychology. He enjoys teaching undergraduate and MBA classes in the disciplines and sub-disciplines of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Research Methods, and Operation Management.

His Hobbies/Interests include kayaking on Lake Superior and the Marquette area’s beautiful rivers and inland lakes, singing, running, hiking Marquette’s beautiful woods/river trails and downhill and XC skiing. Dr. Stark loves snow, cool weather, and teaching. You will rarely see a more animated professor.