Gary Oliphant, Ph.D.
Gary Oliphant, Ph.D., is the program director for the Prince Entrepreneurship Program. He has served as the chair of the university's Department of Decision and Information Sciences and has taught marketing courses at Stetson University, the University of Nebraska (Omaha) and Florida State University. He holds a Ph.D. in marketing and an M.B.A. from Florida State University, an M.Ed. in computer science and mathematics, and a B.A. in business administration from California University of Pennsylvania. He is certified in project management and in several different areas of SAP.
Oliphant has worked in several government agencies as a planning manager, in the nuclear industry as a system analyst and has owned several companies, one of which was the second largest real estate publication in the United States. In his classes he makes theories come alive with real-world business examples. He believes in hands-on, applied projects and experimental learning methods in his courses. He continues to teach as a visiting professor at Kufstein University (Austria), has taught in the Stetson University international program in Austria-Germany-Italy at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for the past eight years, and has led many student groups on international trips to China, Japan, South Korea, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong. He recently traveled around the world in the Semester at Sea program sponsored by the University of Virginia.
He has consulted in many different fields and industries over the past 25 years. He is passionate about working with students in unlocking their latent talents in the areas of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.
His current research interests are in the areas of:
- Social entrepreneurship
- Freshman studies
- Group formation
- Project management
- International education
He has presented research in these areas at international/national conferences and in many peer-reviewed journals.
Rebecca Oliphant, Ph.D.
Rebecca Oliphant, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Prince Entrepreneurship Program at Stetson University in Florida. She has been a visiting professor at F.A. in Kufstein, Austria for the past eight years where she has taught classes in consumer behavior and advertising. She was recently appointed as a graduate faculty scholar in the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida.
Oliphant has organized trips for Stetson University students to such places as Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Austria, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong. She was at Tokyo Disney with students during the earthquake of 2011. Oliphant was also chosen to sail around the world with Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the Semester at Sea program in 2013.
She graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with both her B.A. and M.Ed. and counts Disney and NBC as former employers. Perhaps her biggest endeavors have been her entrepreneurial ones, which include both large businesses (Harmon Homes Publications) and smaller ones (a children's bookstore in Omaha, Neb.) where she used her selling skills to open up, run and then sell her ideas.
Oliphant knows that it is the "spark" that creates the idea, but understanding the sales process and presentation are key to continuing the idea.