FHU to Welcome New Faculty

AUGUST 28, 2013

Freed-Hardeman University has announced the addition of eight full-time faculty members for the current academic year.


Wendy Bennett
Wendy Bennett has been named an instructor in biology. She graduated from FHU with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2008. She also holds a Master of Science from Mississippi State University. Bennett previously taught at Chester County High School.

Brian Black
Having served as an adjunct faculty member at Freed-Hardeman for several years, Dr. Bryan Black is now an assistant professor of management. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Harding University, a Master of Science in industrial engineering from Auburn University and a Doctor of Business Administration in management information systems from Argosy University.

Dr. Aarek Farmer has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of education. After graduating from FHU in 2003, he completed a master’s degree, also at FHU, and a doctoral degree in education at the University of Memphis. Farmer has taught adjunct for several years while also working as the youth minister for the Great Oaks Church of Christ in Memphis.

Matt Cook
Matthew Cook is an instructor of Bible. During his time at Freed-Hardeman, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and a Master of Arts in New Testament, as well as a Master of Divinity degree. Cook has been a missionary in Cusco, Peru, for the past five years. He is the pulpit minister for the Stantonville Church of Christ.

Dr. Joe Cotter is an assistant professor of management. In addition to his academic work, which includes a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a doctorate from Capella University, Cotter spent 34 years at Caterpillar Inc. as an internal strategic consultant, business manager and support team leader. He taught as an adjunct since 1994 at various schools including Illinois Central College and Colorado Technical University.

Ryan Hysmith
Ryan Hysmith is an instructor of finance. He holds a Bachelor of Business Admnisgration in public accounting from FHU and a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University. Since March of 2008, Hysmith has worked at PLP Capital Markets, serving as an account executive, associate director and associate managing director.

Brandon Lanciloti
Another addition to the College of Business is Brandon Lanciloti, who serves as an instructor of accounting. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration at FHU. A certified public accountant, Lanciloti has been a chief financial officer at AlphaMed and AlphaSleep Labs in Jackson. He has also worked as a staff accountant for Steele Martin Jones & Company.

Sarah Pierce
Finally, Sarah Pierce has joined the faculty as an instructor in nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Freed-Hardeman, as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Union University.