Contacts / Team

Dr. Thom Porter
CI 1022

Dr. Thom Porter In addition to serving as director of the Swain Center, Dr. Porter also oversees the CSB Graduate Programs and International Programs offices. Dr. Porter received his PhD from Indiana University in 1999, his MBA from Indiana Univeristy in 1990, and his BA from Purdue University in 1985. His publications have appeared in a variety of journals including: the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Business Horizons and R&D Management.

Regional Economist
Dr. Adam Jones
CIS Building 1004-C

Dr. Adam Jones Dr. Jones has been Assistant Professor of Economics at CSB since 2010, after obtaining his PhD from the University of Georgia. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Jones worked with the Newton County Chamber of Commerce in Covington, GA. He has published in the Economic Development Quarterly, the Atlantic Economic Journal, and the Journal of Economics and Finance. He plans to continue his local public finance and regional economics research at UNCW with a focus on North Carolina issues and tax-base development.

Organizational Program Director Diane Badakhsh

CIS Building 1004


Diane Badakhsh  

Diane Badakhsh was formerly the Director of Corporate and Continuing Education at Cape Fear Community College where she worked for 12 years.  She was responsible for developing and implementing professional development and customized training opportunities for business and industry throughout New Hanover and Pender counties.  Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UNCW and a Master’s degree in Counseling from East Carolina University.  She is a Licensed Counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and a Certified Program Planner.   

Business Services Coordinator




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