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Mark Thompson, PhD - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Mark Thompson, PhD

Dean of Hull College of Business, Professor of Economics | Augusta University


Mark Thompson, PhD, dean of the Hull College of Business, is an economist in business conditions, risk analysis, energy and health care.







Lots of opportunities for a bright future at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University




Mark Thompson, PhD, was named dean of the James M. Hull College of Business in November 2023. A faculty member since 2013, Thompson served as associate dean and the Grover C. Maxwell Chair of Business Administration and professor of economics. He has served as interim dean twice, the first time from March 2015 to January 2017 and most recently since March 2023.

Thompson has served on the faculty in the Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing in the College of Nursing, as well as in the Division of Health Economics and Policy and the Department of Population Health Sciences in Medical College of Georgia. 

Among the highlights of his tenure since joining Hull, he has overseen and maintained the internal operations and developed a summer grant program to provide salary support for research and innovative teaching projects. He also has exemplified servant leadership by being one of the first AU faculty to teach a dual enrollment course in a local high school during the fall semester.

He earned both his PhD in economics and his BBA in business economics from Texas Tech University, where he served on faculty from 2009 to 2013. Thompson also worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics & Finance at Nelson Rusche College of Business in Nacogdoches, Texas, from 2003 to 2006 and at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock as a State Economic Forecaster for the Institute for Economic Advancement in 2006-07.

As an economist, Thompson’s work on business conditions, risk analysis, energy, and the healthcare industry have been cited in various national and regional outlets. He has previously served on the editorial boards for the International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education and the Journal of Business Valuations and Economic Loss Analysis. Thompson has also served as the State Economic Forecaster for Arkansas, where he provided economic and policy analysis to various state and local agencies.

Areas of Expertise (4)



Healthcare Industry

Risk Analysis

Education (3)

Texas Tech University: PhD, Economics 2003

Texas Tech University: MA, Economics 2000

Texas Tech University: BBA, Business Administration and Management 1997

Affiliations (2)

  • Journal of Business Valuations and Economic Loss Analysis
  • International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education

Media Appearances (2)

Lots of opportunities for a bright future at the Hull College of Business at Augusta University

WJBF  tv


The Fall semester is off to a busy start at Augusta University. On this edition of The Means Report, we talk to Mark Thompson. He is the interim dean at the Hull College of Business.

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How new overtime pay regulations could affect you

WJBF  tv


More than 4 million U.S. workers will become eligible for overtime pay at the end of the year under new rules implemented by President Obama. However, Republicans and business groups see this as a small business killer.

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Articles (4)

2023 Top Hospitals: Leading the Way in Healthcare

Georgia Trend

Mark Thompson


Hospital rankings can provide useful benchmark information; however, it is important to understand what factors may impact such rankings. Every year, Georgia Trend evaluates Georgia hospitals that participated in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program. The hospitals are ranked by the total performance score that is usually derived from four domains: clinical outcomes; person and community engagement; safety; and efficiency and cost reduction. Due to the pandemic, CMS adopted a policy to pause the use of data if it determined that COVID-19 had a significant impact on such measures. Last year’s rankings were based only on the clinical outcomes domain. This year’s rankings are based on two of the four domains: the clinical outcomes domain and the efficiency and cost-reduction domain. As in past rankings, hospitals were grouped by similar size and mission to include the categories of: Teaching Hospitals, whose primary mission is teaching, regardless of size, and which are certified by the Association of American Medical Colleges Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems; Large Hospitals (250+ patient beds); Medium Hospitals (100 to 249 beds); and Small Hospitals (less than 100 beds). These rankings are based on the American Hospital Directory and CMS data downloaded July 29, 2023.

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Being mindful in your practice

Journal of Medical Practice Management

2015 As physician practices function to deliver safe and low-risk patient care, they often are susceptible to unexpected events for which the consequences can be high. By acting mindfully, physicians can focus on better managing unexpected events as well as decreasing the risk of such an event.

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IT Contract Flexibility and Negotiator Incentives

Managerial and Decision Economics

2015 Information Technology outsourcing contracts are plagued by inflexibility. We develop an economic model to explain how the contract negotiator's incentives influence contract flexibility.

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A momentum threshold model of stock prices and country risk ratings: Evidence from BRICS countries

Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money

2013 We develop a multivariate momentum threshold autoregression (MTAR) model that examines the relationship between stock markets for each of the five BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and changes in their economic, financial and political country risk ratings in response to positive and negative shocks.

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