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Cox, Hulburt and Witmer Receive New Academic Posts at Appalachian

BOONE – Three promotions have been announced in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.

Don R. Cox has been named associate dean for accreditation after serving the past year as associate dean for instructional programs. Cox will oversee the college’s efforts to prepare for reaccreditation by AACSB, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The Walker College of Business has held AACSB accreditation since 1976 and was last reaccredited in 1998. The college will be visited by a reaccreditation team during the 2007-08 academic year, to be reviewed under revised accreditation standards that recently were adopted by AACSB. Thereafter, the college will be on a five-year review cycle with annual strategic plan reporting requirements. The new cycle means colleges will have to be continually accountable in terms of its faculties’ qualifications and outcomes relating to student learning, Cox explained.

Cox has been a member of the Appalachian faculty since 1993. He was a member of the University Accreditation Self Study Committee for SACS Accreditation. He received the college’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2000.

He earned an undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University, a master’s degree from Georgia State University and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Heather Hulburt has been named assistant dean for instructional programs. She joined the faculty at Appalachian in the fall of 2003 as an assistant professor of finance in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance.

She also has held faculty posts as Bowling Green State University, The Pennsylvania State University and West Virginia University.

Hulburt holds an undergraduate business degree from James Madison University, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University.

Hulburt’s teaching and research interests involve corporate finance and investments, with an emphasis on corporate restructuring. Her work has been published in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, and the Journal of Applied Business Research. Her work on corporate restructuring has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week and Dow Jones Online News.

She has provided consulting work regarding spin-offs to the Financial Executives Research Foundation and The Limited regarding the carve-out of its subsidiaries.

Philip R. Witmer has been named assistant dean for graduate and international programs.

He has been a member of the accounting faculty since 1992, and has directed the Department of Accounting’s master’s program since 1997. He has led a WCOB study abroad trip to Germany and Brussels and participated in a study abroad trip to Scandinavia. He has studied at the Goethe Institute in Freiburg, Germany.

Witmer earned a Ph.D. in accounting from George Washington University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree from Greensboro College.

Witmer has been a faculty member at The George Washington University, Gettysburg College and Lebanon Valley College.

Prior to his career in higher education, Witmer was a member of the audit staff at KPMG and worked for the corporate accounting department and internal audit department at AMP Inc., a Fortune 500 company specializing in electrical connection devices.

“It’s a great administrative team and I look forward to working with them this year,” said Walker College of Business Interim Dean Randy Edwards.