Dan W. French received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Lamar University in 1973 and a Ph.D. in 1979 from Louisiana Tech University. He joined the faculty of the University of Missouri as Professor of Finance and Chair of the Department of Finance in 2003. He teaches courses in investments, personal finance, real estate, and business finance. After receiving his BA degree, he began a career in the banking industry but soon realized that teaching at the college level was his passion. He has previously held teaching positions with New Mexico State University, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi State University (now Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi), Jackson State University, and Lamar University.
Professor French’s minor as an undergraduate student was Spanish, and he has enjoyed assignments in Ecuador, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela where he was able to teach his finance courses in the Spanish language. He is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association, and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts.
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Megan Noel received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University and a Masters of Business Administration from Baker University. She is an associate professor of Business Administration for Johnson County Community College. She teaches courses on savings and investments, personal finance, introduction to business, and business communications. She has been a professor at Johnson County Community College since the spring of 2001. She was a committee member of the Business and Industrial Technology Division Curriculum Committee from 2001–2003. She served as chair of the committee in 2003.
She began her teaching career at Brown Mackie Business College in 2000. She taught as an adjunct professor while working as an engineer. In her career as an engineer she managed multiple million dollar projects, but if you asked her where she learned to manage money she would say in the school of hard knocks. Although she was once a foster child, child bride, and 8th-grade dropout, she learned to set clear goals and put herself through college as a single parent of three. Well defined goals and careful budgeting are the tools she used.
She is an advocate for women’s and children’s rights. She served as a volunteer for Safe Home from 2002–2006. She worked both as a hotline counselor and as a court advocate. She is also actively involved in Quality Matters and was a presenter at the 5th Annual National Conference in 2013.