School of Business Faculty

Ryan Tipton, DBA

Dean for the School of Business
Assistant Professor

P: 575-492-2137
B: Tucker Business Building

DBA--Walden University
MBA--University of Texas, Permian Basin
BBA--University of Texas, Permian Basin

Professional Highlights:
Energy Industry Consultant
Petroleum Industry executive and board member
Private owner of oil and gas production company
Former private owner of petroleum pipeline company
Former private owner of drilling and exploration company
Former private owner of purchasing and transportation company
Former private owner of restaurant

David Arnold, DM

Assistant Professor
Campus Steward

P: 575-492-2124 OR 1-800-530-4400, Ext. 2124
B: Tucker Business Building, Room 123

MBA--Baylor University
MBA--University of Texas, Permian Basin
BBA--College of the Southwest
DM--Colorado Technical University

Professional Highlights

Former owner of oil-field construction business
Memberships in New Mexico Association of Financial Aid Administrators, Southwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators, National Association of Student Affairs Administrators, and the Academy of Management.

Over twenty years of experience in Higher Ed in areas of executive leadership, enrollment management, financial aid, athletics, residence life, campus security, food service, mail service, facilities management, design and build, and academic leadership.
Fifteen years of teaching responsibility at the Undergraduate level and six years of experience teaching at the Graduate level. Subject areas include: Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Business Law, and Economics.

Daniel Castillo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

P: 575-492-2135
B: Tucker Business Building, Room 115

Ph.D--ULACIT, Costa Rica
MBA--National University
BA--UNADECA, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Professional Highlights:
Business Consultant
Owner of an Accounting service firm
Former Finance Executive at Dole Fresh Fruit Corporation
Former President of Valle de Angeles Hospital in Honduras C.A

Jazmine Brantley, DBA

Assistant Professor


DED--New Mexico State University
MBA--Harding University
BS in Agribusiness Management--Alabama A&M University

Professional Highlights:
USDA 1890 National Scholar Recipient
Farm Loan Officer with the USDA's Farm Service Agency
Online Content Developer 
Economic Development Specialist for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System 

August M. Fons, Dr. 


Ph. D. Higher Education Administration--Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
M.S. Educational Administration--University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM
B.B.A. Business Administration--College of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM
Professional Highlights:
10 years as a community college divisional dean responsible for criminal justice academic degree programs and all law enforcement and corrections training 
Honorably retired with 22 years as an active commissioned and certified law enforcement officer including 12 years as a municipal police department commander, divisional leader and trainer
10 years as a municipal SWAT team member/commander.
Current New Mexico peace officer certification/commission and master level instructor through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
Current certification through the United States Department of Homeland Security as an Active Shooter Response Instructor
Saint Helena School - Board of Directors (Former Vice-Chairman)
United Way Representative
New Mexico Criminal Justice Association
5th Judicial Law Enforcement Officers Association (Past President)

Vanda Wood Pauwels, Ph.D., CPA
Assistant Professor



Ph.D. in Consumer Economics--Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 
MS in Accounting--Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
BBA in Accounting--Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.

Professional Highlights:
Treasurer and Board Member of Society of Financial Service Professionals, Lubbock Chapter
Treasurer, Lubbock Christian School Cornerstone Campaign
Treasurer and Board Member, Kappa Alpha Theta Facility Corporation
Member of West Texas Women's CPAs
Member of the AICPAs
Former Accountant
Former Senior Auditor
Former Tax Associate
Former Bank Teller

Larry Sanderson, Dr.
Assistant Professor


Ed.D.--University of New Mexico, Educational Leadership
M.S.--Purdue University (Krannert School of Management), Management
B.A.--Michigan State University, Political Science

Professional Highlights:
Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, New Mexico Junior College
President, Soaring Society of America (1984-2003)
Secretary, International Gliding Commission
President, Business Development Committee, Federation Aeronautique Internationale
Faculty, Capella University (2011-2016)

Sandy Wilkinson, MBA

Director Graduate Admissions and Student Support for the School of Business

P: 1-833-879-4723 ext 701

MBA in Marketing--University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM
MBA--Southern Wesleyan University, Greenville, SC
BA in Marketing & Graphic Design--Defiance College, Defiance, OH

Professional Highlights:
14 years of professional experience in customer service,management, office administration, marketing, graphic design, accounting & account management.
Former Marketing Manager

Amanda Guzman
Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Student Support for the School of Business

P: 575-492-2176
B: Tucker Business Building, Room 120
BA in Communications--Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX

Brianna Lopez, MBA
Student Support Coordinator for School of Business

P: 575-492-2163
B: Tucker Business Building, Room 101

MBA in Strategic Management--University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM
BS in Kinesiology & Exercise Science--University of the Southwest, Hobbs, NM