Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Francisco Javier López García.
Originally From: “I was born in Mexico City. I grew up both in Mexico City and in northern Spain, where my parents are from.”
Family: “My father's name is Enrique López Puzo. He will turn 96 in January. My mother passed away a little over six years ago. Her name was Maria Paz García Posada.”
Job Title: Associate professor of management.
Degrees: Baccalaureate from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City in actuarial sciences; Ph.D. from University of Mississippi in business with major in operations management and two minors - mathematics and management information systems.
Year he joined the Macon State faculty: 2007.
Some of his teaching career highlights are ... "Receiving a Ph.D.; being named professor of the year of the College of Business Administration at the University of Texas at El Paso in 2005 from among about 65 professors and instructors; and receiving the annual award for Outstanding Scholarly Activity at Macon State in April 2010."
He enjoys teaching at Macon State College because … “I indeed like interacting with students. It is also satisfying to see how you can help students to be more professional and responsible, to develop discipline, to acquire knowledge, and to get better prepared to succeed in their professional lives. The professional (including teaching) environment in Macon State is nice. Most students, colleagues, administrators, other staff, and others at Macon State are respectful.”
His favorite course to teach is … “‘Quantitative Methods for Business’ as well as ‘Business Statistics’ are courses I like to teach. Since I have a strong math background, I enjoy explaining quantitative tools and techniques.”
One thing people don't know about him is … “I practiced gymnastics when I was 12 and 13 years of age.”
In his spare time he likes to … “Travel, watch TV, run or play tennis or some other sports, have drinks at bars, have good meals at home or at good restaurants, and hang out with friends.”
The one person he’d most like to meet is … “I am not obsessed with any one person in the history of humanity. There are many people I would like to meet. I admire talent, intelligence, and personality. I respect character, determination, and courage. I find fascinating the ambition of some people, the power they get, and how they become successful, both in a positive as well as a negative way. I like respectful, down to earth, and humble people. In some cases I am intrigued by the charisma or psychological profile of some individuals. Thus, I would like to meet people from Socrates to Rafael Nadal, to Maria Bartiromo, to Albert Einstein. From Leonardo da Vinci, to Jack Welch, to Cleopatra. From Erin Burnett, to Raul González Blanco, to Alexander the Great. From Miguel de Cervantes to Heidi Collins, to Roger Federer, to Celine Dion. From Steffi Graff to Christopher Columbus, to Vincent Van Gogh. From Penelope Cruz, to Neil Armstrong, to Becky Quick, to Fernando Alonso. From Newton to Julius Cesar, to Jodie Foster, to Ptolomeo... and the list could easily get much longer.”
If he wasn't a college professor he would be … “Probably an employee of some business, from a bank to a manufacturing firm, to an airline, to a hotel chain, to whoever gave me a job.”