After a 35+ year career in business Michael Cross is excited to bring that experience to the classroom on a full-time basis as a second career. Michael has held management roles - project manager, program manager, manager, senior manager, director - for more than 20 years. He has worked in several industries, including health insurance, financial services, technology services, management consulting and manufacturing. Michael has spent time overseas on business in Poland, China and Brazil, and has also traveled with family to Italy and the UK. In his professional experience, he has worked closely with staff from six of seven continents. He has also taught several semesters as an adjunct instructor.
Michael earned a BS degree in public administration from Harding University and an MBA with emphasis in management from Jacksonville University. He has been a member of the Project Management Institute and certified as a Project Management Professional since 2001.
Having grown up just outside of Baltimore, Michael came to the South for college, married a Southern girl, and has lived in the South ever since (Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee). Missouri will be a new experience. He and his wife, Pam, have been married for 36 years. They have two daughters and two grandsons. One daughter is an Associate Professor of History in Texas, having earned her doctorate at Florida State. Her husband is also a college professor, teaching English. Their younger daughter has just earned her doctorate in political science and peace studies at Notre Dame, is getting married August 2017, and is on a 1-year post doc while she searches for a full-time teaching position. Her fiancé is ABD, soon to earn his doctorate in history.
Michael and Pam are both avid readers and love to haunt used book stores for that elusive book to complete a favorite series. They are avid fans of the Chicago Cubs, and have seen their team play in six cities and eight ballparks over the years. They also enjoy traveling but highest on their list is spending time with their grandsons.
Courses Michael teaches at Columbia College:
- Introduction to Business (MGMT 150)
- Strategic Management (MGMT 479)
- International Business (MGMT 338)
- Management Science (MGMT 430)
Contact Michael Cross
Office Location: WMS 201
Phone Number: (573) 875-1127