McNair Scholars

McNair Scholars

The following are the McNair Faculty and student scholars who direct the research and projects at the McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University.

Faculty Scholars

Dr. Timothy NashDr. Timothy Nash

Senior Vice President, Strategic and Corporate Alliances
Director, The McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University

Tim Nash joined Northwood in 1980 and received a B.B.A. from the university, an M.A. in Economics from Central Michigan University, and his doctorate from Wayne State University. Dr. Nash leads specialty programs, research and continuing and executive education programming for Northwood University system-wide. He is a professor of Economics and Business for the undergraduate program and is a professor of Economics and Public Policy at the DeVos Graduate School. Nash is also the director of Northwood's McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Nash is the holder of the David E. Fry Endowed Chair in Free Market Economics at Northwood University. His travels and research have taken him to over 30 countries from China and Mexico to Poland and Switzerland where he also participated in academic colloquiums. Dr. Nash is an adjunct scholar with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, an adjunct scholar with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in Washington, D.C., and is the former State Director of Economic Education for the clergy for the State of Michigan. Dr. Nash has co-authored four books including When We Are Free (with foreword by Dr. Milton Friedman) and In Defense of Capitalism (co-authored with Dr. Richard M. Ebeling, and Dr. Keith A. Pretty). Nash and his colleagues have conducted research and consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies and their organizations including GM/UAW/PEL, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), the Auto Care Association, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Chrysler, and Dow Corning Corporation. Nash is responsible for researching and publishing the Northwood University Monthly Economic Outlook, Auto Care Association's monthly industry indicator's report and its monthly Business Confidence Index which is done in conjunction with Northwood University. Nash has addressed national and international forums related to the economy and automobile industry in China, Europe and North America. He serves on the boards of the Free Enterprise Institute (FEI) in Houston, Texas, Junior Achievement of Central Michigan, the Great Lakes Bay Economic Club and Gerace Construction Incorporated. Nash is a frequent guest on Michigan-based ABC, NBC and CBS television stations, Michigan Talk Radio, and the Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckman Shows on WJR Radio. His writing and interviews have appeared in publications as diverse as The Detroit News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Automotive News, Aftermarket Business, Aftermarket News, The New Jersey Star Ledger, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Wall Street Journal/MarketWatch, Harvard University's Better, Faster, Cheaper and The International Review of Economics. Nash resides in Midland, MI with his wife, Pam, and is the father of four adult children and grandfather to Ella, John George, Brady, Caroline, Evelyn and Bennett …his pride and joy! 


Dr. Debasish ChakrabortyDr. Debasish Chakraborty

Debasish Chakraborty is a Professor of Economics and Director of the MBA program in the College of Business Administration at Central Michigan University. Before coming to Central Michigan University he was an assistant professor of Economics at University of Central Arkansas and Theil College in Pennsylvania. He obtained his BA and MA in Economics from Calcutta University, India and his Ph.D. in International Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interest lies in the area of international trade and Finance, economic growth and open economy macroeconomics. Recently, his research has focused on the issue of the role of institutions on economic growth and its sustainability in the long run. He has published numerous scholarly articles in national and international economic journals. He is a regular consultant for General Motors, Chrysler Corporation and Tata Consultancy Services. In addition to scholarly economic research, he is also interested in research that has serious and immediate public policy implications. He collaborated with Northwood University to work on a project sponsored by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce that investigated the effects of "right to work" legislation on the competitiveness of the Michigan economy. The study received serious attention among law makers of different states and a similar study was conducted for the state of Illinois. He also collaborated on a study sponsored by the Michigan Bankers Association, about the loss of economic welfare that arises because of the federal income tax exemption that has been granted to Credit Unions. He received numerous teaching awards for his effective teaching at the University of Pittsburgh, University of Central Arkansas, and Central Michigan University. He lives in Midland with his wife Rebecca who is an associate professor in economics at Northwood University. His only son Neil lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where he works for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


Dr. Richard EbelingDr. Richard Ebeling

Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the recently appointed BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel. He is conducting courses such as "Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Capitalist Ethics" as well as "The Morality and Economics of Capitalist Society." Dr. Ebeling is recognized as one of the leading members of the Austrian School of Economics and is the author ofMonetary Central Planning and the State (Future of Freedom Foundation, 2015) as well as the author of Political Economy, Public Policy, and Monetary Economics: Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian Tradition (Routledge 2010). He is currently editing a forthcoming volume in the Collected Works of F.A. Hayek (Univ. of Chicago Press), the noted Austrian economist and Nobel Laureate. Prior to his appointment at The Citadel, Dr. Ebeling was professor of Economics at Northwood University in Midland, Michigan (2009-2014). He served as president of the Foundation for Economic Education (2003-2008), was the Ludwig von Mises Professor of Economics at Hillside College in Hillsdale, Michigan (1988-2003), and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Dallas in Texas (1984-1988). He lives with his wife Anna and their dog "Fritzie" in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.


 Dr. Scott GilbertDr. Scott Gilbert

Scott Gilbert is a Ph.D economist who provides expert witness and litigation support services on economic matters in tort and contract law, via the consulting firm Gilbert Economics. He lives in southern Illinois, where he is associate professor of economics at Southern Illinois University. Since 1998 he has served as economics expert on a range of legal matters, in cases filed in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi. As an expert witness he serves all Midwest states, and does not charge clients for travel time or expenses. Scott received his Ph.D degree in economics in the year 1996, and before that worked as economics research associate at the nation's central bank on the west coast -- the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. He serves as associate editor of The American Statistician, and his academic research has been published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals in the fields of economics, statistics, and finance. Scott is an active researcher and educator in the area of economic damages, publishing in journals like the Journal of Forensic Economics and the Journal of Legal Economics, and providing continuing education to lawyers and paralegals through IICLE and other forums. Scott's uses his expertise in economics, statistics, and financial matters to assist both plaintiff and defense lawyers in tort and contract cases. As an academic and researcher, his approach to loss and damages estimation is modern and rigorous. Equally important for litigation matters, he knows that evidence documentation is key to developing useful expert opinions, and he assists attorneys in the discovery process. He also explains to lawyers weaknesses in opposing experts' views -- his writing in this area has appeared in the Journal of the Missouri Bar Association, and more is (tentatively) forthcoming in the Illinois Bar Journal.


James HopJames Hop

Jim began his career with an internship in the accounting department of Bil-Mar Foods, a privately owned family business, during my senior year of college. Bil-Mar sold its products under the Mr. Turkey brand throughout the Midwest and beyond. While at Bil-Mar the company was sold to Sara Lee. In 1988, Jim changed careers and went into banking. Jim was at Comerica until 2002 working out of multiple offices including Grand Rapids, Jackson and Midland Michigan as well as Pleasanton California. While at Comerica Jim handled a seventy-million-dollar loan portfolio with approximately eighty customers. In 2002, Jim went from the relative safety of the large corporate environment and left the bank for one of my customers, Packaging Direct, Inc. (PDI). PDI is a manufacturer of thermo-formed plastic packaging primarily for the fresh cut food industry selling to 43 states, Canada, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Jim joined the company in a newly created position as the number two person in the organization. In 2005 the business was sold to CM Products and Jim stayed on as Director of Operations until 2007. In 2007, Jim joined three long time business acquaintances and they purchased MedAudit Services, Inc. in Midland Michigan. MedAudit provides its customers with medical cost containment services. MedAudit was sold in January of 2015 to an employee of the business. Beginning in August of 2009, Jim joined Northwood University as an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Entrepreneurship department. He had been an adjunct instructor at Northwood in the Banking and Finance department on and off since 1999. With over 99% of all businesses being classified as small businesses and a strong desire by our students to control their own destiny the Entrepreneurship department is a key component of the Northwood degree program. In the fall of 2013 we launched a new Franchising Management major program on the Michigan campus and Jim is also the Chair of that Department/program. The Franchising Management program is the only undergrad program specializing in Franchising in North America.


Dr. John MooreDr. John Moore

Dr. John Moore joined Northwood University in January 2016 as the Associate Dean of the Richard DeVos Graduate School of Management, based in Troy Michigan. In that capacity, he oversees four masters of science graduate programs. He brings significant professional and academic experience to the classroom as well as his scholarly research. He was previously employed at Walsh College faculty as an adjunct professor in the finance and economics department in 1994, later becoming a full time member in 2008. John taught nineteen different courses during his tenure at Walsh in the areas of finance, economics and accounting programs. His research interests include business and economic history, economic policy and the State, trade policy, business cycles, history of capital markets, monetary and fiscal policy, commercial real estate and public choice theory. After graduating from Notre Dame, Dr. Moore earned his CPA license and worked for the international accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand. He spent most of the following twenty-five years in the private sector in an executive role, being named chief financial officer at age thirty-one to the largest industrial real estate developer in Michigan and later serving as CFO of other private commercial real estate entities holding investments throughout the United States. During this time, he was, among other duties, primarily responsible for debt capital financings exceeding $750 million and commercial real estate acquisitions and divestitures exceeding $250 million. Professor Moore's doctoral dissertation was entitled "Interests and Ideas: Industrialization and the Making of Early American Trade Policy, 1789-1860," which explored the impact of the Industrial Revolution on economic development in the United States and how it, in turn, influenced national trade policy. A chapter of the dissertation was awarded the Colonial Dames Award in 2010 as the best graduate level paper from a Michigan based university or college relating to American history before 1800. Another portion was published as an article in 2011 in Essays in Economic & Business History and was awarded the James Soltow Award as best article by a new author. Professor Moore more recently authored an article on the economic policies of the Harding and Coolidge administrations in a 2014 edition of The Independent Review. He has been previously involved as faculty advisor to Walsh College's ACG Cup program and its' Investment Club. Dr. Moore also served terms as chair of the Walsh College Curriculum Committee and as faculty representative to the College Board's Strategic and Investment subcommittees. John also presently serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees for De LaSalle Collegiate High School, as board chair of Cedar Real Estate Investments, LLC, a Michigan based commercial real estate investment company, as a board member of the Center for the Study of Citizenship, and as Secretary/Treasurer and board member of the Economic and Business History Society. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Society.


Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn

Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn, born in Poland in 1979, is assistant professor of public policy at Rutgers University-Camden. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008 and served as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. His work has covered a variety of topics: income inequality, preferences for redistribution, urban and rural issues, cultural economics, values, religion, and happiness. He is also interested in information technology and computational social science: automation, data mining, data management and text processing. He uses Linux, Python and Stata.




Student Scholars

Alexander Burns Alexander Burns

Alex is a senior Economics and Management major at Northwood University. Alex is research and writing has contributed to In Defense of Capitalism, vol. 7, the Monthly McNair Center Economic Outlook, the 2015 Michigan Chamber Competitiveness Study and the forthcoming McNair Center Entrepreneurship Index.




Vincent Jacques-Geloso Vincent Jacques-Geloso

Vincent completed his PhD in August 2016 in Economic History at the London School of Economics. Vincent is one of the research scholars working on a project examining income inequality in the United States in the early 20th Century.





Philip Schlosser Philip Schlosser

Philip graduated from Northwood University in the spring of 2016 with a degree in Economics. He was also a summer fellow at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and is enrolled in the Master's program in Economics at George Mason University starting in the Fall of 2016. Phil has contributed to the research and writing for the McNair Center's In Defense of Capitalism, vol. 7, as well as, the forthcoming Income and Equality study.




Ashley Wright Ashley Wright

Ashley is a 2015 graduate of Hillsdale College where she earned her Bachelor degree in Economics with highest honors. She earned her Master degree in Economics at Oxford University in Oxford, England in the spring of 2016. Ashley will be researching and writing op-eds and chapters for the 8th edition of In Defense of Capitalism while continuing her research and studies at Oxford University.




McNair Center Speakers

Maurice McTigue Maurice McTigue

The Honorable Maurice McTigue, QSO, is vice president for outreach at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. McTigue has testified on Capitol Hill and published articles in many major media outlets, including the New York Times, the Atlantic, Bloomberg Businessweek, US News & World Report, and the Chicago Tribune. McTigue advised the Office of Management and Budget and most federal agencies in the Clinton and Bush administrations on issues of accountability and transparency and has consulted with legislators and governors in more than 30 states. McTigue was a special advisor to Louisiana's Commission on Streamlining Government and was named to Virginia governor Bob McDonnell's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring. A former cabinet minister and member of parliament in his native New Zealand, McTigue was one of the architects of the "New Zealand miracle," which dramatically reformed the country's government and economy by implementing market-driven, pro-growth policies. He later became New Zealand's ambassador to Canada and received the prestigious Queen's Service Order in recognition of his public service from Queen Elizabeth II.

Speech Given 
"Making Government More Effective" - Northwood University Midland, MI April 2016


Dr. Timothy Nash Dr. Timothy Nash

Senior Vice President, Strategic and Corporate Alliances 
Director, The McNair Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship at Northwood University 

Speeches Given 
"Enhancing Economic Competitiveness at the State Level" - Heritage Foundation Philadelphia, PA  2016 
"Michigan is the Comeback State"- American Legislative Exchange Council Indianapolis, IN  June 2016 
"Freedom, Strength and the Future of the U.S. and Global Economies"- Bay Harbor Gala Bay Harbor, MI August 2016


Daniel SmithDaniel Smith

Daniel was raised in Midland, MI, where he also did his undergraduate at Northwood University. He was introduced to economics by Lawrence W. Reed, currently the President of the Foundation for Economic Education, and Dale M. Haywood, a Professor of Economics at Northwood (now deceased). Daniel completed his undergraduate training at Northwood University under the guidance of John Grether and Dale Matcheck. At George Mason University, Daniel completed his dissertation under the supervision of Peter J. Boettke (Chair), Peter T. Leeson, and Richard E. Wagner. Other influential professors included Walter E. Williams, Bryan Caplan, and Lawrence H. White. Daniel and his wife, Jessica, reside in Troy, AL. Daniel J. Smith is an Associate Professor of Economics at Troy University and the Associate Director of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy. He also serves as the Book Review Editor for The Review of Austrian Economics. Daniel received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. He has published op-eds in newspapers across the nation, including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, The Daily Caller, and Investor's Business Daily and writes a regular column for Yellowhammer News.

Speech Given 
"The Myth of Inequality" - Northwood University Midland, MI April 2016


Mark Tapscott Mark Tapscott

Mark Tapscott was named executive editor of The Washington Examiner in March 2012. He had previously served as editorial page editor since April 2006. As executive editor, he oversees the daily work of the newspaper's special reporting team. His byline can also be found regularly on columns and blog posts on the newspaper's websites. He appears regularly on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and talk radio programs. Tapscott was named Conservative Journalist of the Year at the 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and he was inducted into the First Amendment Center's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Hall of Fame in 2006. He has testified before Senate and House committees on government transparency issues. Prior to joining the Examiner, Tapscott was director of the Heritage Foundation's Center for Media and Public Policy where he founded the think tank's Database 101 Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting (CARR) boot camps in 1999. More than 400 editors, reporters, researchers and bloggers representing virtually every major news media organization in the country have attended the boot camps, which until 2011 provided training in data-driven journalism. Tapscott is a long-time member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and is an advisory board member for the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. He was an assistant managing editor and managing editor for The Journal Newspapers and The Washington Times between 1985 and 1999. Prior to his journalism career, Tapscott served in the Reagan administration as a political appointee in the Senior Executive Service where he was assistant director for public affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). He had previously been communications/publications director at the Republican National Committee and, before joining the 1980 Reagan-Bush campaign, was a senior aide to a U.S. senator and two U.S. representatives. Tapscott and his wife, Claudia, live in Sykesville, Md. He is originally from Oklahoma and is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. 

Speech Given 
"Bring Back Ronald Reagan" - Northwood University Midland, MI March 2016


Colonel Allen West Colonel Allen West

Allen West was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia in the same neighborhood where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once preached. He is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22-year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones: in Operation Desert Storm, in Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he was a Battalion Commander in the Army's 4th Infantry Division, and later in Afghanistan. He received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. After his retirement from the Army in 2004, Allen taught high school for a year before returning to Afghanistan as a civilian military adviser to the Afghan army, an assignment he finished in November 2007. In November of 2010, Allen was honored to continue his oath of service to his country when he was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida's 22nd District. As a member of the 112th Congress, he sat on the Small Business and Armed Services Committees and was instrumental in passage of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act. Allen is currently President and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. He is also a Fox News Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research, and regularly writes for numerous media outlets.

Speeches Given 
"Stand for your Values" - Northwood University Midland, MI March 2016 
"Freedom, Strength and the Future of the U.S. and Global Economies"- Bay Harbor Gala Bay Harbor, MI August 2016

Jonathan Williams Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams is the Vice President for the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), where he works with state policymakers, congressional leaders and members of the private sector to develop fiscal policy solutions for the states. Williams also co-authors Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer Economic State Competitiveness Index with Reagan economist Dr. Arthur Laffer and Stephen Moore. Prior to joining ALEC, Williams served as staff economist at the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, authoring numerous tax policy studies. Williams's work has appeared in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Investor's Business Daily. He is a contributing columnist to Tax Analysts, the leading provider of tax news and analysis for the global community. He has written for the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In addition, Williams was a contributing author of In Defense of Capitalism (Northwood University Press). Williams has testified before numerous legislative bodies and spoken to audiences across America. He is frequent guest on talk radio shows and has appeared on numerous television outlets, including the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, Fox Business News and Bloomberg News. Williams was also the recipient of the prestigious Ludwig von Mises Award in Economics. Williams has visited all 50 states and regularly travels more than 100,000 miles a year. While on the road, he is a connoisseur of local and regional food across the state capitals.

Speech Given 
"Examining Americas Rich and Poor States" - Northwood University Midland, MI April 2016