On the move

New appointments at Pamplin


Kevin D. Carlson

Kevin D. Carlson

Management professor Kevin D. Carlson has been appointed head of the Department of Management after serving as interim head since July 2013.

A faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1997, Carlson has taught courses related to staffing, recruitment, training and development, turnover, productivity improvement, human capital metrics and analytics, and the effective use of technology in organizations.

He has published studies on topics related to the measurement and evaluation of individual, process, and organizational effectiveness. His research has examined the determinants of individual performance and how knowledge affects individual and organizational outcomes. He also studies research methodology with an emphasis on understanding what it means to make progress in the organizational sciences.

Carlson currently chairs the board of directors of the International Association of Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM). He speaks and has taught professional development courses throughout the United States on the topic of workforce analytics.

His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, IHRIM Journal, and Organizational Research Methods. He has published numerous book chapters and presented research papers at the meetings of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the International Association for Human Resource Information Management.

Carlson served as his department’s director of graduate studies for four years. He has won departmental and college awards for teaching excellence. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, an MBA from the University of South Dakota, and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.

Before beginning graduate studies, Carlson worked for Cargill Inc. and later in the Iowa Community College system as an administrator and instructor of business and microcomputer courses. He succeeds Anju Seth, who returned to full–time teaching and research after serving as department head from 2008 to 2013.


Nancy Gard McGehee

Nancy Gard McGehee

Nancy Gard McGehee has been appointed head of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management. She succeeds Professor Rick Perdue, who returned to full-time teaching and research in July after serving nine years as department head.




Vijay Singal

Vijay Singal

Vijay Singal, the J. Gray Ferguson Professor of Finance, has been reappointed head of the Department of Finance, Insurance, and Business Law.

Singal first led the department from 2003 to 2009. During that period, he helped create BASIS, a student-managed bond fund; brought the CFP or Certified Financial Planner program to the finance department, which manages it jointly with the agricultural and applied economics department; and partnered with the CFA Institute to offer a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)–oriented track.

A faculty member at Virginia Tech since 1992, Singal was a visiting professor of finance at New York University’s Stern School of Business during 2011–12. He has taught courses on investments, equity markets, and international finance, and has led summer study–abroad courses to Germany.

His current research focuses on irregularities related to market efficiency and equity market indexes. His past research spanning several areas of finance, including corporate finance, investments, and international finance, has been published in top scholarly journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics, and in practitioner journals such as Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Investment Management.

He served on the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal from 2008 to 2012 and is closely affiliated with the CFA Institute as an expert in curricular matters.

Singal has authored a book, Beyond the Random Walk: A Guide to Market Anomalies and Low Risk Strategies. His research has been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, and Bloomberg Radio, and in print media such as the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Investors’ Business Daily, SmartMoney, Fortune, and Money.

He serves on the board of directors of Sapient Corp. and its audit committee. Before joining academe, he worked for 10 years at India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation. Singal earned a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan, an MBA in finance from the Indian Institute of Management, and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

He succeeds finance professor Art Keown, who returned to full–time teaching in July 2014.


Linda Oldham

Linda Oldham

Linda Oldham has been appointed executive director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Oldham, former executive director of Georgia Tech’s Denning Technology and Management (T&M) Program, has extensive experience building relationships with high profile corporations. At Georgia Tech, she helped develop a corporate advisory board while providing leadership for the business school’s undergraduate curricular activities and outreach related to the Denning T&M Program.

She led that program for seven years, building a nationally prominent initiative that bridged the business and engineering colleges and that received more than $15 million in funding. Oldham earned a Ph.D. in continuing education and human resource development from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where she was director of corporate and foundation relations in the College of Engineering before joining Georgia Tech.


Derick Maggard

Derick Maggard

Derick Maggard has been appointed director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Maggard, a former executive director of the Roanoke–Blacksburg Technology Council, has substantially increased the council’s membership and funding. He has worked with leaders of member organizations and startups to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustained growth for the region’s technology–based businesses.

Maggard has worked in business development, operations, marketing, and public relations. A native of Prescott, Arizona, he founded several businesses that he nurtured to success. He later joined a startup, where he created and managed technology partnerships with NBA, NFL, and other professional sports leagues, as well as NCAA sports franchises.

Maggard earned a master’s degree in management systems engineering from Virginia Tech. He has been involved with the Innovate entrepreneurial community since its beginnings, including teaching one of its courses.


Dana Hansson

Dana Hansson

Dana Hansson has joined Pamplin as associate director of its evening MBA program.

Hansson was most recently responsible for marketing and recruiting for several programs at George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She has 14 years of experience in the business world, working at IBM and Eastman Kodak. At IBM, she held various positions, including academic marketing specialist and business operations manager. She has also taught eighth–grade science.

Hansson has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in curriculum and instruction.


Samuel A. Hicks

Samuel A. Hicks, associate professor of accounting and information systems, has been conferred the title of associate professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1979, Hicks published numerous books and peer–reviewed journal articles in both academic and practice–related journals as well as peer reviewed proceedings on the subject of accounting and taxes.

Hicks taught a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. From 2000 to 2011, he was the program chair of the Virginia Accounting and Auditing Conference, which led to a stronger relationship between the Pamplin College and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

He conducted many workshops and seminars on the personal use of computers in accounting and taxation. Hicks received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA and doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin.


Larry N. Killough

Larry N. Killough, KPMG Professor of Accounting and Information Systems, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1969, Killough has applied behavioral research methods to issues in cost and managerial accounting. He has authored or co–authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles.

He taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He served as associate editor for Decision Sciences Journal from 1995 to 1998 and again from 2000 to 2005 and was on the editorial boards of several other significant journals.

Killough held leadership positions in several professional organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, and Atlantic Coast Conference.

At Virginia Tech, he served as chair of the Appeals Committee for Student Athletes, Faculty Reconciliation Committee, and Honorifics Committee. Killough received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from Temple University, and a doctorate from the University of Missouri.


Dilip K. Shome

Dilip K. Shome, professor of finance, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1983, Shome has contributed significantly to the research mission with several high–quality publications and to the teaching and service missions of Pamplin.

He served as head of the Department of Finance, Insurance, and Business Law from 1996 to 2000. During this term, the department achieved some of the highest levels of research productivity in elite finance journals due to Shome’s focus on retention, rewards, and resource allocation for faculty who were active researchers.

As the chair of the committees charged with restructuring the curriculum for the undergraduate and MBA programs, he led the major curriculum revisions implemented in the department in the past 10 years. Shome also contributed to the college’s international programs by leading study–abroad groups, developing exchange programs, and teaching abroad.

He directed his department's Ph.D. program for two three–year terms, helping to recruit and advise Ph.D. students and to implement curricular revisions. Shome was also the track director for the Academically Qualified Post–Graduate Bridge–to–Business program in finance, sponsored by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In this role, he designed and implemented the track and its courses and provided extensive placement support for graduates.

A two–time winner of the college’s Warren Holtzman Outstanding Educator Award, Shome reeived Pamplin’s Ph.D. Teaching Award and two college Certificates of Teaching Excellence as well as a University Certificate of Teaching Excellence. Shome received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology and an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Florida.

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