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New department chairs named in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business

BOONE— Dr. Betty S. Coffey, a professor of strategic management at Appalachian State University, has been named chair of the Department of Management and Dr. John Whitehead, a professor of economics, has been named chair of the Department of Economics. Both departments are in Appalachian’s Walker College of Business.

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Coffey and Dr. Whitehead in their new roles in the Walker College of Business. They both will do a great job for the college,” said business school dean Randy Edwards.

Coffey joined the Walker College of Business in 1992 as an assistant professor. She was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and professor in 2006. In 2004, she was a Fulbright Scholar to the People’s Republic of China.

She received the Walker College Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1999, and she was awarded the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award from Appalachian in 2008.

“Dr. Coffey has a lot of international experience, and has traveled to China many times to lead study abroad programs for MBA students in the college,” Edwards said. “Her expertise in leading study abroad trips and collaborating on curriculum development for Sichuan University are valuable assets to the college’s focus on international educational opportunities for our students.”

Coffey earned a Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Tennessee, a master of health administration degree from Xavier University, a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Berea College.

She is coauthor of several articles related to management, ethics and health care including “Hospital executives and ethics review committees: An effective collaboration,” “Board Diversity and managerial control as predictors of corporate and social performance” and “Career issues for women association executives: Mentors, pay equity, and boards of directors.”

Whitehead joined Appalachian as an associate professor in 2004 after teaching stints at UNC Wilmington and East Carolina University. He was promoted to professor in 2006.

“Dr. Whitehead brings a different expertise to the college in terms of his focus on environmental economics,” Edwards said.

Whitehead’s research focuses on the valuation of environmental and natural resources. He was part of a statewide study on the impact of climate change on the state’s coastal areas and has worked with the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council on studies related to the value of marine recreational fishing. Whitehead also has researched the value of sports stadiums to local and state governments that often subsidize their construction.

Whitehead has a Ph.D. and master of arts degrees in economics from the University of Kentucky and a bachelor’s degree in economics and management from Centre College in Kentucky.

He is an associate editor of the journal Marine Resource Economics and a member of the editorial council for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

In 2007, he received the Walker College Award for Excellence in Research.