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Distinguished Achievement Award

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LYNNE DOUGHTIE, the keynote speaker for the University Commencement Ceremony, was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award. The first female top executive at KPMG LLP, she is regularly named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business. She also received the college’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2007.

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Distinguished Service Award

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JIM HATCH, a longtime member of the Pamplin Advisory Council, was honored for his distinguished service during the University Commencement Ceremony. Hatch, who received Pamplin’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2010, served two terms on the Virginia Tech Foundation Board of Directors.

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Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award

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CLIFF RAGSDALE, the Bank of America Professor of Business Information Technology, received the Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award. As the director of graduate programs and the academic director of the Pamplin Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics, he has been a member or chair of more than 30 graduate committees. He also received the Outstanding Faculty in Doctoral Education award in 2017.

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Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education

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DAVID BRINBERG, a marketing professor, was honored for his work serving students who study abroad. His programs now draw 40 percent of Pamplin students who study abroad. He has received the Award for Excellence in International Programs three times since 2009. He also received the 2011-12 Award for Excellence in Outreach and the 2010-11 Award for Excellence in International Outreach.

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Emeritus Honor

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TERRY COBB, associate professor of management, was named an associate professor emeritus. He started with the university in 1978 and has made significant research contributions through his work in organizational behavior focusing on organizational politics, organizational justice, and behavioral ethics.

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Curling Fellow

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MICHAEL WOLFE, assistant professor, was named the Curling Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems. He joined the department in 2013. His research examines the impact of regulatory change, ethics, and emerging influences such as crowdsourcing on decision making in accounting and finance. The Curling Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems was established in 2008 through a gift from Doug C. Curling (ACCT ’76, MACCT ’77) to honor his father and uncle.

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Deloitte Fellow

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SARAH STEIN, assistant professor, was named the Deloitte Foundation Faculty Fellow of Accounting and Information Systems. She joined the department in 2013. Her research examines factors influencing audit quality and efficiency. The endowment was created by the Deloitte Foundation and is supported by members of the Deloitte community.

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Harrell Fellow

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LING LEI LISIC, associate professor, was named the L. Mahlon Harrell Junior Faculty Fellow. She joined the accounting and information systems department in 2017. Her research focuses on audit and financial accounting. The L. Mahlon Harrell Junior Faculty Fellowship in Accounting and Information Systems was established by alumni and friends to honor Harrell, an accounting faculty member from 1931 to 1971.

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McVay and Rosenberg Fellow

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FRANK MAY, assistant professor of marketing, was named the Mary F. McVay and Theodore R. Rosenberg Junior Faculty Fellow. He joined the department in 2014. His research focuses on how factors pertaining to time influence self-control decisions. Mary F. McVay (ACCT ’78, MBA ’81) and Theodore R. Rosenberg established the fellowship in 2004.

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Wells and Dargo Professor

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SUDIP BHATTACHARJEE, a professor, was named the Thomas M. Wells and Kathy Dargo Professor in Accounting and Information Systems. He joined the department in 2001 and is an internationally recognized scholar in behavioral accounting, examining judgment and decision making in auditing and accounting. The Thomas M. Wells and Kathy Dargo Center for Excellence in Accounting and Information Systems research center was established by Kathy Dargo to honor her late husband Thomas M. Wells (ACCT ’73), a former Geico CFO, who died of leukemia in 2005. Dargo died in 2016.

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