On the move

The college hired nine new faculty members this fall as part of its efforts to expand and strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach programs.

Brooke D. Beyer

Brooke D. Beyer, assistant professor of accounting and information systems. He received a Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University and bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Kansas State University. He has co-authored articles on earnings management constraints, audit committee financial expertise, and stock repurchases and investment efficiency. He has worked as a finance director at the Dairy Farmers of America and as a senior auditor at Ernst & Young.

E. Scott Johnson

E. Scott Johnson, assistant professor of accounting and information systems. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas and three degrees from the University of Florida: a master's in accounting, a bachelor's in accounting, and a bachelor's in telecommunication. His research interests include real earnings management, executive compensation, corporate governance, and financial capital markets. He has worked in tax groups at Deloitte in Atlanta.

Kimberly Mathe-Soulek

Kimberly Mathe-Soulek, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management. She received her Ph.D. in hospitality administration, an MBA, and a bachelor's degree in marketing from Oklahoma State University. Her research interests are in food and beverage operations and management as well as product innovation. She has worked in the consumer insights department of Sonic Drive-In Corp.

Sarah Stein

Sarah Stein, assistant professor of accounting and information systems. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri and bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Truman State University. She received a 2011 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests are in auditing and financial accounting, including industry specialization, audit quality, audit market structure, and asset impairment decisions. She is licensed as a certified public accountant in Colorado, where she worked as an audit manager at Deloitte's Denver office.

Tong Wang

Tong Wang, assistant professor of finance. He received a Ph.D. in finance and a master's degree in applied mathematics from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree from Fudan University (Shanghai, China). His research interests include asset pricing, financial derivatives, liquidity, and trading volume. His dissertation, which covered derivatives, trading and liquidity, primarily dealt with the destabilizing effects of option hedging.

Anna-Katherine “A.K.” Ward

Anna-Katherine “A.K.” Ward, assistant professor of management. She received a Ph.D. in organizational behavior and human resources from the University of South Carolina, a master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a bachelor's degree in music and psychology at Sewanee: The University of the South. Her research interests include communication, culture, employee voice, influence, and status.

Michael C. Wolfe

Michael C. Wolfe, assistant professor of accounting and information systems. He received a Ph.D. in accounting, a master's in quantitative financial economics, an MBA, and a bachelor's in accounting, all from Oklahoma State University. His research interests include accounting and disclosure issues relating to financial instruments, accounting for financial institutions, international accounting issues, and financial capital markets. His work experience includes more than 10 years in the banking and energy marketing industries.

Zheng Xiang

Zheng Xiang, assistant professor of hospitality and tourism management. He received a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in tourism management from Temple University and a master of science in leisure studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on three areas: the impact of information technologies on the hospitality and tourism industry; destination marketing strategy; and information systems development for tourist destinations.

Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman, associate professor of management. He received a Ph.D. and an MBA from the University of Iowa and a bachelor's degree from the University of the State of New York - Regents College. His research interests include employee selection and retention, individual differences (e.g. personality and general mental ability), person-environment fit, and meta-analysis. He received a 2012 Emerald Management Reviews Citations of Excellence Award and is a co-recipient of the 2006 Scholarly Achievement Award of the Academy of Management's human resources division for the most significant paper in human resource management.


Renee Cloyd

Renee Cloyd has been appointed as director of Pamplin's Undergraduate Mentoring Program. She will work with 11 Pamplin upperclassmen who serve as mentors to entering freshmen during their first year, assisting them with acclimating socially and academically.

The program, now in its fourth year, is funded by Pamplin's corporate partners. Entering freshmen in Pamplin may apply to the program, which currently has a record number of 115 mentees.

Cloyd also serves as director of Leadership, Excellence, and Academics in Pamplin, a five-day summer program that assists entering freshmen with the transition from high school to Virginia Tech and Pamplin while heightening their awareness of the leadership opportunities on campus.

Cloyd earned a bachelor's degree in English from Wake Forest University and a graduate certificate in nonprofit and nongovernmental organization management from Virginia Tech.


Nick Greene

Nick Greene has been appointed associate director of the executive MBA program. His responsibilities include developing and implementing recruiting and marketing plans, managing relationships, and monitoring and evaluating programmatic and operational effectiveness. Greene has more than 16 years of experience in education, including at Capitol College, where he was director of graduate recruitment, and the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, where he was recruiting manager. He earned an MBA at Capitol College.


Rebecca Murray

Rebecca Murray has been appointed an assistant director of development. She began her career at Virginia Tech as a development associate for Pamplin in 2010. She most recently worked as an area sales manager for a mobile advertising and loyalty program provider. She has worked at Morgan Stanley and Ferguson Beauregard and managed offices in various industries in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and Roanoke. A native of Lynchburg, Va., Murray holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, where she majored in English and history. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice at Radford University.


Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Magazine Fall 2013

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