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Professorships honor three faculty in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business

By Haley Childers

BOONE—Business faculty Delbert Goff, Chris McNeil and Scott Hunsinger have been awarded professorships in Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business.

View larger imageDr. Delbert Goff, professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, has been awarded Appalachian State University’s David A. Thompson Professorship in Applied Investments. Photo submittedView larger imageDr. Chris McNeil, associate professor in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance, has been awarded Appalachian State University’s Alfred Adams Banking Professorship. Photo submittedView larger imageComputer information systems and supply chain management professor Dr. Scott Hunsinger has been awarded Appalachian State University’s L.M. Baker Jr. Partners in Excellence Professorship. Photo submitted

Each professorship recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding performance in instruction, scholarship and service. Many of the professorships are named in honor of significant benefactors to the college.

Goff has been awarded the David A. Thompson Professorship in Applied Investments. Goff is interim chair of the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance. He joined the faculty at Appalachian in 1991, and was instrumental in creating the Bowden Investment Group and fundraising for the student-managed investment account. He serves as instructor and advisor to the Bowden Investment Group and received the Walker College’s Sywassink Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1997. Goff is an active researcher in the area of corporate finance and investments and his work has been published in academic and trade journals. He earned his MBA and Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University. The David A. Thompson Professorship in Applied Investments was established in 2016 to honor retired CFO of Wedge Capital and finance lecturer David A. Thompson.

McNeil is the recipient of the Alfred Adams Banking Professorship. McNeil’s professional interests include corporate finance, financial markets and Excel pedagogy (including advanced grading systems). His research has been published in a number of scholarly journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Financial Education. McNeil joined Appalachian’s faculty in the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance in 2004 and previously taught at Penn State Erie and the University of Miami. McNeil received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wake Forest University and his Ph.D. in international finance from the University of South Carolina. The Adams professorship is named for deceased Northwestern Bank chairman and honorary Appalachian alumnus Alfred T. Adams.

Computer information systems and supply chain management professor Hunsinger has been awarded the L.M. Baker Jr. Partners in Excellence Professorship. Hunsinger is the faculty advisor of Alpha Iota Mu and the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) at Appalachian. He is president of AITP-EDSIG, the Education Special Interest Group of Association of Information Technology Professionals, and he is on the national board of directors for AITP. He is senior editor of the Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, a member of the editorial review board for Information Systems Education Journal, and has served as associate editor of three academic journals, including the International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in Information Technology. His research interests include IT certification, predicting behavioral intention, groups and technology. The Baker professorship is named for Retired Wachovia CEO L.M. “Bud” Baker Jr.

The professorships will take effect immediately. Each recipient received a salary stipend to further advance his work.

About Appalachian’s Walker College of Business

The Walker College of Business at Appalachian delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs, and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 2,800 undergraduates in nine majors and nearly 150 graduate students, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business.

About Appalachian State University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 18,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

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