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#FacultyFriday: Meet Victor Gaines

Mr. Victor Gaines joined the team of esteemed PUC academia in 2014 as assistant professor in the department of business where he teaches an array of accounting and finance classes. Gaines came to PUC after being an adjunct assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University for 15 years where he taught accounting and management classes. Before deciding to use his vast business experience to give back through teaching, Gaines held various positions including chief financial officer at Forest Lake Education Center, county auditor in Orange County, Flor., and senior auditor at Ruddick Corporation in Charlotte, N.C., and spent over 20 years in the Marine Corps.

Name: Victor W. Gaines
Title: Assistant professor of business administration
Email: vgaines@puc.edu
Faculty since: July 1, 2014

Classes taught: Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; Cost Accounting I & II; Intermediate Account I & II; Fraud Examination; Government and Non-for-Profit Accounting; Advance Accounting; Auditing; Accounting Topics: Internal Auditing; Insurance and Risk Management

Education: Bachelor’s in management/accounting, from Park College in Parkville, Mo., 1997; MBA, from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., 1999; DBA with an emphasis in management, from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., 2017

Professional activities: Seminar and on-site instructor for The Institute of Internal Auditors since June 2000

What made you decide to be a teacher?
I always wanted to give back. Throughout my professional career, I had several individuals who helped me. I felt there was no better way to help others than through education. So, I became a business manager and then a teacher.

What are some of your hobbies?
Most of my hobbies revolve around the outdoors. I love hiking and camping when I get a chance.

What’s something people might be surprised to know about you?
Most individuals do not know I served 22 years in the United States Marine Corps., and 10 of those years I served as a helicopter mechanic/crew chief on CH 46 helicopters.

What’s your favorite thing about PUC?
My favorite thing about PUC is the wonderful students. I love hearing their stories and how they decided to come to PUC. It’s very inspiring.

What’s your favorite spot on campus?
I definitely like the back 40. When I get the chance, I like to go in the back 40 where it is nice and quiet.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?
The best advice I would give a freshman would be get to know their advisor as soon as possible and become “best friends” with them. This needs be done as soon as possible. This will help the student develop a roadmap as they work toward graduation. Also, make sure that you have a healthy blend of academics and fun time. Too much of either one can be devastating.

Interested in learning more about PUC’s business program? Visit puc.edu/admissions!

Why Should You Consider Majoring in Business?

By John Nunes, Associate Professor John Nunes
Business Administration & Economics Department

So, why in the world should you consider a major in Business Administration at Pacific Union College? The title doesn’t sound particularly exciting, does it?

Do you want to be a leader? Having business skills are important! Fact of the matter is, ALL of you will end up working in some type of organization, whether profit or non-profit in scope, a mammoth multi-national conglomerate or a small enterprise, which you own and operate in size. Regardless of size or mission, you will face these fundamental challenges:

  1. Being a good steward of resources. In any organization, expenses must be less than revenues or your organization will not survive. In addition, the time, talent, and financial resources your stakeholders (employees, suppliers, customers, investors, etc.) commit to your enterprise must be fruitfully and ethically managed or they will move on to an opportunity that better suits their needs and interests.
  2. Vision and Purpose. Why are you here? Where are you going? How are you going to get there? Who do you want to serve and how can you best serve them? Personally and organizationally, these questions are essential to success and survival. You have to possess a dream to create a plan and once you have created that plan, you must act on it!
  3. Change and Innovation. As important as dreaming, planning, and action are, you must be willing and able to adapt based on changes in a host of internal and external environmental factors. Having the capacity to proactively and reactively manage and create change and innovate individually and systemically are fundamental to building a sustainable enterprise. You must learn to love change and own the future or you won’t be around!

As a business major, we will provide you with the resources to master the skills shown above. By exposing you to the entire continuum of the business administration discipline, combining quantitative training in accounting, finance, economics, information systems management, and operations, critical thinking and communication skills gleaned from extensive writing, research, and presentations, and leadership development through marketing, management, internship, and service learning courses, we will not only instruct you on how to do things the right way, but will model the essential art and science of doing the right things, in a learning environment that is committed to nurturing your unique growth needs inside and outside of the classroom! WE VALUE YOU!

The competencies developed in our department have been leveraged with distinction by our numerous graduates in wide ranging organizations and careers, including accounting, dentistry, law, medicine, healthcare administration, entrepreneurship, management, sales, information systems, education, marketing, and finance among many others.

Come join us!