Dr. Maris received a B.G.S., M.B.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He joined the University in 1990 as Dean of the College of Business Administration and Professor of Management. The College of Business received AACSB accreditation in 2003. In 2005, he became Professor of Management and Executive Director of the Center for Cuban Business Studies.
He is a member of the Academy of International Business, Academy of Management and a member of Phi Gamma Nu, Phi Kappa Phi, and Sigma Iota Epsilon. He has been a board member of Junior Achievement, Rotary International and the Chamber of Commerce. His research and publications have focused on human resource management. He was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2007.