Welcome to the Nicolais School of Business at Wagner College

Our faculty have expertise in core business disciplines – finance, marketing, management, and accounting. With a wealth of academic and industry experience, innovative research, and a deep commitment to student success, our  faculty serve as mentors and help students discover their path, find their edge, and reach new heights!

We welcomed three new faculty, Dr.’s Sajad Ebrahimi, Jing Chen, and Emma Li-Ore to the Nicolais School of Business in fall 2022! Their expertise in supply chain, marketing, and analytics coupled with their excellent teaching and research have made them a tremendous asset to our school.

This is an exciting time for us as we continue to create new opportunities for our students to get involved in the local and global community and further develop impactful programs to help our students thrive.

Our faculty mentor and coach our students to ensure they enter the workforce as data-informed decision makers, effective communicators, ethical business leaders and responsible global citizens.

In the classroom, our students are challenged to get comfortable with messy business problems, be intellectually curious, and develop resilience. Our innovative teaching methods focus on experiential learning and students work to solve real-world business problems for businesses and non-profit companies of all sizes. 

Come join us as we continue to invest in student success and take the Nicolais School of Business to new heights.


Aarti S. Ivanic, Ph.D.

Dean and Associate Professor
Nicolais School of Business


Richard Lahijani

Clinical Professor, Business, Nicolais School

richard.lahijani@wagner.edu Campus Hall Room 205

Emma Li-Ore

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Business, Nicolais School



Zhexu Ai

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

zhexu.ai@wagner.edu Campus Hall 222

Assistant professor in finance. I am a dedicated teacher, researcher, and finance practitioner.

Richard LaRocca

Professor, Business, Nicolais School

richard.larocca@wagner.edu Campus Hall 230

Chair of Academic Honesty Committee
D.P.S., Finance, Economics

Cathyann Tully

Professor, Business, Nicolais School

718-390-3439 cathyann.tully@wagner.edu Campus Hall 224

Director of Undergraduate Business Program
D.P.S., Finance


Frank DeSimone

Associate Professor, Business, Nicolais School

718-420-4491 frank.desimone@wagner.edu Campus Hall 216

Ph.D., International Management, International School of Management (ISM)

Sajad Ebrahimi

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

sajad.ebrahimi@wagner.edu Campus Hall 220


Paul Barretta

Associate Professor, Business, Nicolais School

718-390-3434 paul.barretta@wagner.edu Campus Hall 219


Ph.D., Marketing

Jing Chen

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

jing.chen@wagner.edu Campus Hall 221

Aarti Ivanic

Dean of the Nicolais School of Business, Business, Nicolais School

aarti.ivanic@wagner.edu Campus Hall 225


Giacomo Di Pasquale

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

giacomo.di-pasquale@wagner.edu Campus Hall 227

Assistant Professor of Economics at Wagner College. Research interest include income inequality, poverty and migration.

Kayhan Koleyni

Assistant Professor, Business, Nicolais School

kayhan.koleyni@wagner.edu 230 Campus Hall

Assistant Professor of Economics and MBA Coordinator


Arleen Wilk

Academic Administrative Assistant, Business, Nicolais School

718-390-3447 awilk@wagner.edu Campus Hall 223


Rosa Santana

Director of Career Planning & Development, Office of Career Planning and Development


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