Management Overview

The business administration program at NSC is guided by the belief that technology and innovation are the keys to success in today's fast-changing business world. Our commitment to technology is reflected in what we study, but also how we teach. The study of technology keeps us on the leading edge of industry advances, and our use of technology in the classroom creates a progressive and engaging learning experience.

Our program also is defined by the flexibility to meet the evolving demands of the modern business world. From a look at how Facebook rewrites the rules of marketing to a study of corporate ethics through the lens of the Great Recession, our versatile program will keep students at the forefront of the debate.

Supporting these elements of our program is a superb liberal arts and sciences foundation that trains students in the critical thinking and communication skills needed to identify, define, and resolve practical problems, no matter where and when they may surface. Overall, this combination of business acumen and real-world adaptability helps ensure that students can meet the challenges of a dynamic global economy and craft a future of their own choosing.

Why Study Management at NSC

If you have already earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, the BAS in Management major gives you the opportunity to continue your education. Our emphasis on student success and unique learning opportunities will prepare you to stand out be it as a local entrepreneur or an international business leader. If you don't already have an AAS degree, read about the BS in Business Administration major, which is open to all students.

You will learn to be a strong business professional because our expert instructors combine superb teaching with real-world projects and experiences. Our curriculum merges critical thinking skills with practical knowledge to ensure that you graduate not only with a degree in hand, but with the confidence and ability to truly succeed in challenging business settings.


A degree in business administration from NSC will prepare you for a wide variety of careers options in areas such as finance, economics, human resources, marketing, advertising, operations and logistics.

Interesting Classes

  • Human Resource Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing Management
  • Principles of Managerial Finance

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Wendi Benson

Dr. Wendi Benson grew up in southern Ohio where she received her B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University Chillicothe in 2008. She recently received her Ph.D. in Experimental (Industrial/Organizational) Psychology from Washington State University Vancouver upon defending her dissertation titled Workplace Psychological Aggression: Resolving the Battle of Competing Constructs. She has conducted many studies with her Undergraduate Research Assistants examining job, health, and psychological outcomes related to a wide variety of workplace stressors within several organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Benson has a passion for teaching and mentoring students and enjoys teaching Industrial Psychology, Statistics, and HR Management at NSC. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the excellent educational experiences of NSC students

Richard Moore

Richard Moore was introduced to economics at Claremont Men's College in Claremont, California. His Ph.D. in economics is also from Claremont, at what was then the Claremont Graduate School. His academic work in business was completed at the largest branch of the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his Masters of Business Administration.

Moore started his professional life as a teacher, but made a detour into college administration for almost 50 years (way too long he says). He started as a Dean of Business and Economics (San Bernardino Valley College), was the Founding Dean of Instruction at Moorpark College, was President of Santa Monica College for 20 years; President of the College of Southern Nevada for six years, and was honored to be the Founding President of Nevada State College.

He taught full-time at San Jose State College, then part-time while as an administrator at three different community colleges, and now delights in teaching full-time at Nevada State College.

Moore is back at what he loves best teaching, thinking, and writing. He has found great satisfaction in assisting students to learn using on-line instruction. Among other things, it has freed him of many biases he has by his not being able to see his students; he only knows them from their written communication. He believes this is a superior form of learning and helps to create extraordinary writing skills for his students.

He is married to Susan K. Moore. They have six grown children and a devoted dog, Ruby Lou, who shadows Richard on a daily basis.

Abby Peters

Abby Peters (currently MBA, University of Texas at El Paso; she should have her PhD from UTEP by the time her contract starts in August, but don't list her as a PhD yet)

Ms. Peters joins Nevada State College from El Paso, Texas where she has spent over eight years studying and working at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Ms. Peters is completing her Ph.D. in International Business with a concentration in Management, which she began pursuing after earning her MBA with a concentration in Economics. While at UTEP, she has worked as a graduate assistant track coach, an assistant instructor, and the founding coordinator of an annual high school essay contest on business ethics. Before moving to El Paso, Ms. Peters became familiar with the desert in Tucson, where she earned her B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.

Ms. Peters teaching interests include topics of labor economics and human resource management. She incorporates the use of social media in her teaching and enjoys sharing time-saving and technology tips with students. Ms. Peters research interests are focused on e-recruitment and social recruiting, misemployment and job satisfaction, and issues of cultural and gender diversity in human resource management. Her academic pursuits support her goal of contributing to the dream of fair and satisfying employment for all.

John Laurie

Dr. John Laurie is coming to Nevada State from New Orleans, where he earned a Ph.D. in Economic Development from the University of New Orleans in 2008. For the previous five years he was a Senior Business Consultant with the Kauffman Foundation's UEP-Gulf Coast Initiative, where he consulted with over 200 companies, ranging from start-ups to enterprise-level firms. In addition, he has served as a mentor to companies involved in business accelerators and served as a guest speaker and panelist on topics including venture investment, feasibility studies, and management consulting. An entrepreneur for over a decade, Dr. Laurie has owned manpower, retail, and online companies.

In addition to teaching entrepreneurship and management at Nevada State, Dr. Laurie leads the Destination and Tourism practice at Bond Public Relations and Brand Strategy, focusing on niche tourism markets for small to medium sized cities. He is the recognized authority on U.S. College Spring Break (his dissertation topic) and has been featured in the New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, and National Public Radio (NPR).

In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, hiking and ultimate frisbee.

Where Alumni Work

Here are some of the places where NSC grads in Management work and study:


  • Avis Rent A Car
  • City of Henderson
  • Clark County School District
  • Denison Industries
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority
  • Station Casinos
  • Washoe County


  • Purdue University Masters Instructional Design and Technology

Additional Degree Options

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