Faculty Directors


Scott Hicks, Ph.D
Dean, School of Business

Discipline: Finance, International Business, Management
Liberty Faculty Member Since: Spring 2007

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration concentrations in Finance & International Business, Northcentral University;
  • M.B.A., Liberty University;
  • B.S., Liberty University;

Semi-retired from the petroleum industry as director of retail operations for the largest petroleum jobber in the United States. Continues to consult for local businesses and individuals, as well as his former employer, thereby allowing him to bring practical application to the subjects he teaches.



Rubens Marcilio, Jr.
Director of Center for Entrepreneurship

Rubens Marcilio Jr is the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Director of International Institutional and Business Relationships at Liberty University, bringing more than 35 years of international experience at large multinational corporations at COO and CEO positions. His experience includes leadership role in various M&A activities, company geographic expansions and businesses turnarounds, having also served as a board member in different public companies. He has lived in Brazil, United States, Venezuela and Argentina.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Rubens holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mackenzie University and a Master in Business Administration from Fundacao Getulio Vargas. He also attended Executive Education Programs at Business School Sao Paulo, Wharton School and Insead. Rubens is married with Eliana and have adorable children and in-laws with the first grandson on his way.


Kendrick W. Brunson, D.B.A.
Professor of Marketing

Liberty Faculty Member Since: 2006

  • D.B.A. in Marketing, Northcentral University;
  • M.B.A., Wake Forest University;
  • B.A., Carson-Newman College;

Served in the United States Army Signal Corps as an officer (1973-1976); employed by GTE, then Verizon, (1977-2003) as a service manager, management development instruction, and sales/marketing (16.5 years). Retired after 27 years with the combined companies. Head Administrator of an academy (2003-2006). Brings to the classroom the experience gained in real world applications of marketing and management principles.



George Young, Ph.D.
Professor of Marketing and Economics

Liberty Faculty Member Since: 2004

  • Ph.D. in Marketing, Michigan State University;
  • M.S., Arizona State University;
  • B.S., Arizona State University; 

At Michigan State he team taught with Dr. Jack Allen in the Eli Broad Business School’s MBA program, teaching Marketing / Supply Chain Management courses for six years. He was awarded the USDA National Needs Fellowship and Cargill/Excel Meat’s Fellowship. His research interests are in Food Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility. He also presented a selected paper at the International Agribusiness Management Association’s Annual Meeting titled: Home Meal Replacements: The Saving Grace for Supermarkets.” His research has been accepted for publication in the “A” journal for Food Marketing (International Journal of Food and Agribusiness Management Review). In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Arizona State University teaching undergraduate Food Marketing classes for two years.