Dr. Brad Beauvais
Adjunct Professor at Baylor University
"Stay humble. Stay hungry. Stay grounded. Be the kind of person that your dog thinks you are."
- Ph.D. in Health Policy Administration – Penn State University, 2007
- MBA – Colorado State University, 2003
- M.A. in Economics – University of Oklahoma, 2001
- B.S. in Ag Business – Colorado State University, 1995
I had a successful 20-year career as an Army officer, with subsequent roles as a businessman and graduate school professor. I have also been married for 23 years with three great kids—two of them are currently enrolled at Baylor!
Have you ever served in the military?
I served as a Medical Service Corps officer for 20 years, specializing as a health services comptroller with duty assignments at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Wurzburg, Germany; the United States Military Academy; Pennsylvania State University; and Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Which classes do you teach online?
FIN 5460: Fundamentals of Applied Finance
What do students learn in this class? What is the expected outcome?
The intended outcome for students that take my course is a fundamental, theoretical understanding of basic financial valuation skills coupled with the knowledge necessary to apply those skills in a personal and professional context.
Why did you start teaching?
I hail from a family that deeply values education as a catalyst to positive personal, professional and societal change. After a successful military career, I enjoy passing along essential skills and competencies that can assist others to reach a higher level of performance and success.
What advice would you give to prospective online MBA students?
Never stop learning and never assume you are the smartest person in the room—even when you're the only one there. Stay humble. Stay hungry. Stay grounded. Be the kind of person that your dog thinks you are.
What qualities make someone particularly successful in the business world?
Continual learning, business acumen development and reading are essential. Regardless of industry, market conditions change daily. The only way to achieve and sustain even moderate levels of success in the financial field is to remain current on those changes.
What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in business face today?
The overwhelming amount of information available. A successful leader needs to learn how to quickly distill relevant information into a form that can be quickly reviewed, assimilated into your base of knowledge and used to guide decision-making.
What is the one book you think everyone should read?
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, and The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
Tell us something your students may not know about you.
Our family has bred and raised quarter horses since the days of the horse mounted cavalry in western South Dakota. My grandfather used to sell horses to the U.S. Army at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. In more recent times, we have developed numerous American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) world champions, AQHA champions, youth champions and more. We have also operated a horse hotel in Rapid City, South Dakota, since 2010 that accommodates travelers with horses.