Getting to know...Dr. Michael Merriman
a successful and lengthy career in the business world, Dr. Michael Merriman is
proud to bring his knowledge to the students at Wofford College.
Merriman obtained his Ph.D. in finance (with a minor in statistics) from Kent State
everything I teach, I’ve lived, year in and year out for 20-plus years,” he
who has served as a treasurer, chief financial officer and division president
during his career, decided that after 25 years in industry he was ready for a
new challenge, although he remains a member of the board of directors for the
Ohio company that he recently left.
first started working about the same time as Professor (Andrew) Green in the
finance department did,” he says. “We worked together for Ryder in Miami. We kept
in touch over the years, and about the time I was finishing up my Ph.D., I gave
him a call and told him I was going to be in the job market soon.
my youngest daughter about to graduate from high school and my oldest daughter
one year away from graduating from college, I felt it was a good time to change
careers and move into academia. So I told him to keep his eyes and ears open,
and he said he thought there would be an opening here at Wofford. Luckily there
finishing his Ph.D. and working, Merriman taught a total of 10 sections of four
different Finance courses. That was enough for him to get the teaching bug.
like the interaction with the students,” he says. “I also enjoy the intrinsic
reward you get when you’re able to convey knowledge, that moment when you see
them grasp something and get excited about it.”
a mental serve/return of serve that stimulates the brain of both professor and
student. Only fitting, since Merriman is a big fan of tennis outside of the
play a fair amount,” he says. “Not so much since I’ve moved here, primarily
because I have to find new tennis partners. I’ve noticed the nice courts here,
says dessert is a guilty pleasure and also admits that he enjoyed watching the
complete "O.C." TV series on DVD with his daughter, who was recovering from surgery
to remove her wisdom teeth. He also likes to read, work out, walk or hike with
his wife, and see new places. He has accomplished a couple of those at once
during several whitewater-rafting trips, although it’s been a while since his
used to go every year,” he says. “Years ago I told my rafting buddies that our
goal should be to die on the Gauley
River some day.”
he hasn’t. When asked about favorite TV shows, he indicates that when he starts
to like a show, it’s usually a sure sign that show will be cancelled.
Stone, Big Shots, and the HBO series Rome are just a few examples of this,” he
had at least one connection with Wofford before even arriving on campus.
have a terrier named Rocky,” he says. “He’s a Cairn terrier, so he may not look
exactly like the Wofford terrier, but he has the same feisty attitude. My
terrier thinks he’s a lot bigger than he really is. Of course, he was able to
‘terrierize’ my daughter’s ex-boyfriend, so much so that the boyfriend ended up
on the ping-pong table cowering in fear from our 15-pound dog.”