University Awards


Wayne Robinson

Wayne Robinson

Wayne Robinson (FIN ’80), of Greensboro, North Carolina, received a 2014 Alumni Distinguished Service Award at spring commencement.

Robinson is the chief diversity practice leader with Wyndham Mills International, a global leader in placing talented executives. He works with corporate clients on diversity, talent identification, recruiting, and onboarding. Robinson also serves as the senior pastor of the New Millennium Christian Center, in Greensboro.

Robinson played on the basketball team — alternating between the positions of power forward and center — and helped lead the team to the 1979 Metro Conference Championship. He was picked in the second round of the 1980 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.

He was traded to the Detroit Pistons and played in 81 games during his one season with the NBA. He went on to play seven seasons of professional basketball in Europe. In 2003, he was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. He was named an ACC Basketball Legend in 2011.

Robinson’s record of service to the university community includes membership on the Alumni Association Board of Directors and chairing the Multicultural Alumni Advisory Board and the Virginia Tech Foundation Board. He established a scholarship to support the academic endeavors of underrepresented, non–athletic students, which is now part of the Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative.


Nancy Gard McGehee

Nancy Gard McGehee

Hospitality and tourism management professor and department head Nancy Gard McGehee received the 2014 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Research.

McGehee conducts research on rural tourism development and volunteer tourism management. She is among the top 5 to 10 percent of scholars worldwide in these two areas, based on citations of her work. Her two decades of research in rural tourism development have included work in sustainable enterprise and innovation in tourism. She is particularly interested in the role of social capital as a catalyst for the cultivation and success of other forms of capital in rural tourism development.

McGehee is an advocate for the use of social movement theory as a foundation for fostering tourism that is economically sustainable for host communities. A faculty member at Virginia Tech since 2001, she has taught courses on tourism management, the socio–cultural impact of tourism, qualitative research methods in business, and theory development for hospitality and service management.

Her research has taken her to countries that include Croatia, Mexico, New Zealand, Haiti, Australia, and Portugal — where she recently discussed the connection between leadership and successful rural tourism development in a conference keynote address.

McGehee serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Travel Research and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, as a coordinating editor for the Annals of Tourism Research, and on the board of directors for the University of Fondwa, in Haiti, and Via International, in San Diego, California. She was her department’s graduate program coordinator from 2008 to 2012.

McGehee has served as an expert source for the news media, most recently for National Public Radio, which interviewed her on her research in volunteer tourism. McGehee received a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Marshall University.


Debra Salbador

Debra A. Salbador

Debra A. Salbador, associate professor of accounting and information systems, has been named a Martin Junior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Darrell D. and Betty R. Martin Junior Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems was established with a gift from Darrell D. (Class of 1972) and Betty R. Martin to support faculty excellence. The Martin Junior Fellowship appointment is for three years.

Salbador has been a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1994. Her research interests are tax policy and how this policy affects taxpayer decisions. She has published in such journals as The Journal of the American Taxation Association, Advances in Taxation, Journal of Accounting Literature, Tax Notes, The Tax Adviser, and Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly.

She has presented her research at conferences sponsored by the American Taxation Association, the American Accounting Association and the National Tax Association. She has given seminars on tax planning at the accounting and auditing conference organized by Virginia Tech and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has also taught continuing tax education programs for public accounting firms and the American Institute of CPAs.

Salbador, who teaches a variety of accounting and tax courses, is widely considered one of the best teachers in her department and has received numerous college and departmental teaching awards. She has chaired four dissertation committees.

She has served as KPMG Faculty in Residence and contributes significantly to practice, as well as research. Salbador received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.


Linda Wallace

Linda Wallace

Linda Wallace, associate professor of accounting and information systems, has been reappointed as the John and Angela Emery Junior Faculty Fellow by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

In 2007, John and Angela Emery, both 1986 Pamplin graduates, created the junior faculty fellowship to allow the Department of Accounting and Information Systems the flexibility to recruit, hire, and retain the best faculty. The fellowship is used to reward teaching and scholarly excellence by recipients holding the rank of assistant or associate professor. The fellowship is for a three–year period.

Wallace has been a member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 2000. Her research interests include software project risk, information security, knowledge communities, and agile software development.

She has taught many different courses for the department but has most recently taught Accounting Systems and Controls — taken by all undergraduate majors in their junior year — and Information Systems Security and Assurance — taken by all master’s degree students in the audit and information system options.

Wallace has served on five Ph.D. committees, two for the department, one in the Department of Business Information Technology, and two in the Department of Computer Science. She is chair of her department’s master's committee; the department currently has 68 master’s degree students.

She has been active in helping the department develop its measures of Assurance of Learning for accreditation by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Wallace has published 20 papers. She has been a reviewer for many of the leading journals in information systems and an associate editor for Information Systems Journal since 2009.

Wallace received two bachelor’s degrees from Oglethorpe University and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.


Elizabeth Lazor

Elizabeth Lazor

>Elizabeth Lazor, of Centreville, Va., a senior majoring in finance, was elected president of the Student Government Association for the 2014–15 school year. In elections this past spring, Lazor received 56.2 percent of the vote for president. She has served as SGA treasurer and as Class of 2015 treasurer. She is a resident advisor for West Eggleston Hall and is a member of the Pi Sigma Epsilon Professional Marketing Fraternity and the Student Alumni Associates.

Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business Magazine Fall 2014

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