on faculty since 2012
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1979
M.S.E., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1974
B.S.E., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1973
“For the business student, we should teach and model skills, values, and processes—all places where restoration must be diligently defined, sought, and secured.”
Such is business professor Rick Hamilton’s perspective on business education. This perspective, developed over Hamilton’s 34 year career in business and healthcare management, guides what he pursues within the classroom setting. With experience in health finance, healthcare reform, building community networks, and data management, Hamilton sees that the business world is in need of restorative perspectives and practices.
“My professional life has focused on the over-riding issues and questions surrounding the economics of the healthcare debate,” said Hamilton. “Issues of personal and corporate accountability, performance, and outcome are constantly colliding with issues of economic resources, appropriateness of use, and personal responsibility.”
Hamilton hopes to empower students to explore how to approach business using the Reformed model of creation/fall/redemption/restoration, to the end goal of creating a sustainable framework that honors both the Creator and the created.
“The business discipline can and is taught without the foundation of God’s word,” said Hamilton, “But why? On what basis is goodness and contribution then evaluated? Only by trying to understand and integrate faith, restoration, and calling can these ‘skills’ be used to establish not only a stable life and society but a just and loving society—a restored community.”
Part of creating a restored community is recognizing and embracing a wide variety of people whose race, economics, religion, or worldview may be different than our own. “From a healthcare perspective, all people need and deserve affordable healthcare services. They all need to be sought out and made comfortable, heard, honored, and served. These same principles should apply to most business settings.”
Healthcare Financial Management Association, Senior Member, Folmer Award Winner
Healthcare Reform presented in multiple settings
Medicaid Reform presented in multiple settings