Today, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business will gather to share in gratitude over the reached milestones of the last calendar year during the school’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner.
As we honor these milestones, we want to pay tribute to an individual who played an instrumental part in orchestrating many of these successes, Dr. Yu-Mong Hsiao.
After 38 years of service and dedication, Dr. Hsiao retired from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business after the Spring 2022 semester. Dr. Hsiao held a variety of roles during her time at Campbell and finished her time serving as the Chair of the Business Administration and Economics Department and as a tenured, Full Professor of Business Administration and Economics.
Dr. Hsiao graduated in 1975, in the top third percent of her class from her home country’s leading academic institution, National Taiwan University. After graduating, she sat for the civic exam – an intensive examination process that qualifies Taiwan citizens for government work – and received the top score. This success allowed her the opportunity to work in the financial sector of the Taiwan government for three years.
In 1978, Dr. Hsiao joined her husband in the United States. She completed her MBA in the Fall of 1979 at Mississippi State University and later her Ph.D. in Economics with a minor in Statistics at North Carolina State University in 1985.
While working to finish her Ph.D. dissertation, Dr. Hsiao joined the Campbell Business School in the fall of 1984 as an Economics instructor.
Dr. Hsiao was a model professor. Her intellect, quality of work, capabilities, work ethic, and insightful suggestions were, and still are, universal respected, both in the LFSB and throughout campus. Dr. Hsiao was consistently selected to serve on the university’s most important committees and leadership searches.
Former Dean Faulker in his awarding remarks in 2014 said, “Both current students and alumni alike will testify to the demanding nature of Dr. Hsiao’s instruction style. She is an advocate for setting high expectations and for providing students with the tools to achieve that standard.” The same statement rang true in her last semester of teaching.
As a teacher, Dr. Hsiao displayed expertise, versatility, and enthusiasm for her courses. She was noted as a professor that maintained rigor while offering individual attention to any student struggling with the challenging material.
Since arriving at Campbell thirty-eight years ago, Dr. Hsiao consistently offered outstanding teaching, tremendous service, and unfailing leadership to the School of Business and Campbell University. She consistently and selflessly offered her expertise and service whenever necessary.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Hsiao served as a North Carolina Certified Public Account. She often consulted on real estate projects in her down time and for the last 24 years, assisted the university and Dr. Strickland in running the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Now as she moves into a new season, one filled with taste testing her blueberry scone recipe and re-learning the Japanese language, she shared that she will most miss being a part of the moment when a student really grasped the taught material.
Her favorite memories were ones of students coming back to her, after they had finished one of her courses or graduated and telling her that the knowledge they gained in her class helped them get a job and succeed in their dreams.
This is just a glimpse into the legacy that Dr. Yu-Mong Hsiao has bestowed on the Business school.
“Dr. Hsiao can reflect back on a remarkable career and an endless series of important contributions to the LFSB and Campbell University,” stated Kevin O’Mara, Dean of the LFSB. “When I meet alumni, they always remember Dr. Hsiao and comment on how much she put into her courses. She was always willing to spend as much time with an individual student as the student requested. Dr. Hsiao was respected by the entire faculty. She was instrumental in determining so many important decisions for the LFSB.”
“The LFSB and Campbell University have been very fortunate to have Dr. Yu-Mong Hsiao on our faculty for the last thirty-eight years; While she is no longer on the faculty, her imprint lives on.”