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.

Senior Economist
Dr. William (Woody) Hall
CIS Building 1004-C

Dr. Woody Hall Dr. Hall has been a Professor of Economics at CSB since 1974. Prior to joining the faculty, Dr.Hall was a Research Economist and Editor of Publications in the Economic Development Center at Western Carolina University. He has also served as Editor for the Carolina Coast Business Review and as Director for the Office of Economic Development and Forecasting here in CSB. He is currently Senior Economist in the Swain Center for Business and Economic Services.

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.   

Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Mackethan
CIS Building 1004
Jennifer Mackethan

Jennifer started working at UNCW in March 2007. Jennifer handles the logistics, marketing, budgets, and coordination for events sponsored by the Swain Center.

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Jennifer worked with a monthly business publication outside of Charlotte, NC. More recently, Jennifer served in the Sales and Catering Department at The Westin Charlotte.

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