University awards

Anthony T. “Terry” Cobb

Anthony T. “Terry” Cobb, associate professor of management, received the 2013 William E. Wine Award for teaching excellence. Three faculty members are selected to receive this award by a committee representing all eight colleges at the university. Each recipient receives $2,000 and induction into the Academy of Teaching Excellence.

Alan Abrahams

Alan Abrahams, assistant professor of business information technology, received the 2013 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award, presented annually to three faculty members to recognize exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment. A cash award is given to recipients and their departments, and recipients are invited to lead the Diggs Roundtable — a series of presentations and a discussion of their innovative teaching — a year after receiving the award.

Dhruv Grewal

Dhruv Grewal (MBA '85; Ph.D., MKTG '89), the Toyota Chair in Commerce and Electronic Business and a professor of marketing at Babson College, received the 2013 Graduate Alumni Achievement Award, presented each year at the university's graduate commencement ceremony. Created in 2003, the award honors its recipients for outstanding national or international accomplishments and exemplary contributions to their professions, disciplines, communities, or society at large.

Grewal has received multiple research, teaching, and lifetime achievement awards. His frequently cited research has provided key insights into the ways consumers use price and other cues in the retail setting to evaluate products and services.

Ben J. Davenport Jr. (BAD '64) and David E. Lowe (BAD '63) received 2013 Alumni Distinguished Service Awards at the university's commencement in May.

Ben J. Davenport Jr.

Davenport is chairman of First Piedmont Corporation and Davenport Energy. His service to the university community includes membership on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors, where he was rector for two years; the Virginia Tech Foundation board; and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine board.

Davenport serves on the boards of various business and civic organizations in his community. He and his wife, Betty Davenport, are members of the President's Circle in Virginia Tech's Ut Prosim Society, a select group of the university's most generous donors.

David E. Lowe

Lowe had a 35-year career in the telecommunications industry. Executive positions he held with Bell-Atlantic (now Verizon) included president and CEO in West Virginia and vice president of operations in Virginia.

Lowe chairs the operating board for the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and is on the boards of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni Inc. and the German Club Alumni Foundation. A past president and an honorary lifetime board member of the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, he has served on the Pamplin Advisory Council and on the Virginia Tech Foundation board. He and his wife, Sharon Lowe, are members of the Ut Prosim Society.

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