University Awards

John W. Bates III

John W. Bates III (BAD ’63), of Richmond, received the 2011 William H. Ruffner Medal, Virginia Tech’s highest honor, in recognition of his loyal and enthusiastic support of the university. Bates, who has a law degree from the University of Virginia, is a managing partner at Richmond-based law firm McGuire Woods. He is a Fellow in the Virginia Bar Foundation and a recipient of many other career honors, including the Richmond Bar Association’s Hill Tucker Award for public service. A former member of the Virginia Tech Foundation board of directors, he currently co-chairs the Richmond regional campaign committee within The Campaign for Virginia Tech: Invent the Future and serves on the university’s national campaign steering committee. Bates has also contributed funds to establish an MBA fellowship.

Randall S. Billingsley

Randall S. Billingsley, associate professor and assistant head of finance, received the university’s 2011 William E. Wine Award for teaching excellence. A 29-year member of the faculty, Billingsley has a consistent record of excellence in the classroom at both undergraduate and graduate levels, reflected in his high teaching evaluations and numerous teaching awards. Billingsley is also an advisor to the student group SEED, which manages more than $4 million of Virginia Tech’s endowment through stock market investments. His guidance has helped SEED to outperform the market and other professionally managed funds and contributed to the students’ learning about investing and finance.

Linda F. Tegarden

Linda F. Tegarden, associate professor of management, received the university’s 2011 Alumni Award for Outreach Excellence. A member of the faculty since 1994, Tegarden focuses on strategic management in her teaching and research. She has applied her expertise, business skills, and leadership capabilities to serve local community programs, including the Sojourn Center, which provides hospice care. A member of the center’s board of directors, Tegarden helped design an MBA student project to develop a strategic plan for the center and also led an effort to develop its capital campaign plan.

Gregory B. Kadlec

Gregory B. Kadlec, the R.B. Pamplin Professor of Finance, received an additional professorship, the Russell V. and Arlene F. Oliver Professorship in Investment Management—Research. Kadlec has taught undergraduate and graduate level investment courses at Virginia Tech since 1992. In 2000, he received certificates of teaching excellence from the college and university. He is an internationally recognized expert on mutual funds. His research findings have been reported in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times and cited in government hearings by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Accountability Office.

David P. Tegarden

David P. Tegarden, associate professor of accounting and information systems, was named the Darrell D. and Betty R. Martin Junior Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems. The three-year fellowship was created through a gift from Darrell D. Martin (ACCT ’72) to help recruit and retain the best accounting and information systems faculty. Tegarden joined the department in 1994. His research focuses on information systems development; data, information, and knowledge visualization; individual, group, and organizational learning; and continuous assurance and monitoring. He has taught various information systems courses and has developed new courses. He has served on 12 dissertation committees and wrote a widely used textbook in systems analysis and design.

Linda G. Wallace

Linda G. Wallace, associate professor of accounting and information systems, was named the John and Angela Emery Junior Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems. The Emerys (both ACCT ’86) created the three-year fellowship in 2007 to help recruit and retain the best accounting and information systems faculty. Wallace joined the department in 2000. Her research interests include software project risk, information security, knowledge communities, and agile software development. She has published 13 papers. She most recently taught Accounting Systems and Controls, and Information Systems Security and Assurance. She chairs the master’s committee and has served on five Ph.D. committees.

Nancy McGehee

Nancy McGehee, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, was named the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Junior Faculty Fellow of Hospitality Management. At Virginia Tech since 2001, McGehee has published 20 research articles. Her awards include Best Paper from the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education, the Travel and Tourism Research Association President’s Award, and Pamplin’s Outreach Excellence Award. Her research includes two projects funded by the Virginia Tourism Corporation. She is consistently rated as an excellent teacher by her students.

Zvi Schwartz

Zvi Schwartz, who joined Pamplin in August as associate professor of hospitality and tourism management, has been named the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Senior Faculty Fellow of Hospitality Revenue and Financial Management. The Marriott Foundation created the three-year fellowships to help recruit and retain the best faculty in hospitality and tourism management. Schwartz, previously at the University of Illinois, has published 38 research articles. He serves on the editorial boards of six hospitality research journals. His honors include the W. Bradford Wiley Best Paper and two Best Papers from the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education. His research includes two projects funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. He co-founded and developed two decision support systems for hospitality management. He is consistently rated as an excellent teacher by his students. Schwartz received his bachelor’s degree from Haifa University (Israel), an MBA from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.



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