Alumni Updates, Spring 2012
Nell Adkins (ACG ’95) accepted a position as an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Greg Gaynor (ACG ’11) accepted a position at the University of Baltimore.
Greg Krippel (ACG ’91) is a professor at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Krippel also holds the James P. and Elizabeth R. Blanton Endowed Professorship, which he chairs with two other professors.
William Lagore (ACG ’08) is a tenured associate professor of accounting at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., where he teaches financial, governmental, managerial and nonprofit accounting courses.
Ken Johnston (FIN ’94), an associate professor of finance at Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., placed first in the men’s master division at the 2011 Georgia State Games Weightlifting Power/Bench Championships.
Stephen Pruitt (FIN ’87), professor of finance and the Arvin Gottlieb/Missouri Endowed Chair of Business Economics and Finance at the University of Missouri in Kansas City, reports that his first film, "Works in Progress," was named Best Feature Film at the 2012 Canada International Film Festival held in Vancouver. The family friendly romantic comedy has played at nine film festivals around the country. Pruitt is finishing his second film, "Terminal," a dark drama slated for release this year, and he is currently writing screenplays for two suspense thrillers: "DNA" (2013) and "The Court Reporter" (2015). The trailer for "Works in Progress" and a review of the film can be viewed at http://www.theindependentcritic.com/works_in_progress.
Angela Hall (MAN ’05), who taught on the FSU College of Business’ RMI faculty before joining the Management Department at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has accepted a faculty position at Michigan State University in the School of Labor and Industrial Relations.
Tim Munyon (MAN ’09), an assistant professor at the University of West Virginia, accepted a faculty position in the Department of Management at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville beginning in the fall.
Dan Sauers (MAN ’86), a professor of business administration at Winona State University in Winona, Minn., reports that Winona State’s College of Business has earned initial accreditation from the AASCB.
Jim Summers (MAN ’09), an assistant professor at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., accepted a position beginning May 15 in the Department of Management at Iowa State University.
Angela Young (MAN ’97), a professor at California State University at Los Angeles (CSULA), was appointed chair of the Management Department at CSULA’s College of Business. She also has been named editor of the Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management.
Management Information Systems
Mary Brabston (MIS ’93), associate professor in the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, received the Asper School’s 2012 Student Teacher Recognition Award. Each year, one student is named the outstanding student for each faculty (university school) unit and chooses the most important teacher (K-12) and professor he or she has had. This is the second year that Brabston has received this award. In addition to her teaching and research, Brabston serves as the Asper School's director of accreditation and faculty advisor to four student groups. She also serves on University Senate and Senate Executive Committee; is an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where she chairs the building and fundraising committees, and is on the board of the Manitoba Certified Management Accountants.
Gabriel Giordano (MIS ’07) is an assistant professor of information systems at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.
Tim Kayworth (MIS ’96) has been information systems department chair since 2006 at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, where his position has been renewed for another three years. Kayworth also was promoted to full professor in March.
Jason Thatcher (MIS ‘02), associate professor of information systems at Clemson University, had 18 papers accepted over the past two years in peer-reviewed outlets such as MIS Quarterly, European Journal of Information Systems, and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. Thatcher also serves as faculty lead of Clemson's new Social Media Listening Center (SMLC). Seeded by a $1.1 million infusion of in-kind gifts, grants and income, the SMLC is the first university-level center dedicated to infusing social media into classes across the curriculum, to support funded research and enable university services such as admissions, advancement and athletics.
James Worrell (MIS ’08), an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), co-authored “Exploring the Use of the Delphi Method in Accounting Information Systems Research” with Paul DiGangi (MIS ’10) and Ashley Bush, associate professor of MIS. He also co-authored, “Social Network Analysis in Accounting Information Systems Research,” with University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Allen Johnston and UAB Associate Professor and Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods Chair Molly Wasko, a former FSU faculty member. Both papers were published in the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems.
Additionally, Worrell co-authored “The Negotiation and Selection of Horizontal Mechanisms to Support Post-implementation ERP Organizations” with Northern Kentucky University Assistant Professor Kevin Gallagher and University of Washington Associate Dean for Research Robert Mason, both former FSU College of Business faculty members Their paper was published in Information Technology and People.
Dr. Worrell and his wife, Lynn, also welcomed their first child Alexander James "AJ" Worrell to the family on Sept. 26.
Milton M. Pressley (MAR ’75) is a marketing professor, former department chairman and S.D. Leyda University Teaching Fellow at the University of New Orleans (UNO), where he has worked for 28 years. Pressley co-authored "Toward a General Model of Ethics for All Marketing Professionals” with UNO management Professor Dinah M. Payne. The paper was published in the Leadership & Organizational Management Journal (March 2012). Pressley also co-authored “Succeeding in the Corporate Arena: The Evolution of College Students' Perceptions of the Necessary Ethical Orientation" with UNO Professor and Marketing and Logistics Department Chair Pam Kennett-Hensel, which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Education for Business; and "Managing Recalcitrant Student Behavior in the Classroom," with UNO management Professor Dinah M. Payne, which was accepted for publication by the Global Business and International Management Conference Journal.
Clay Voorhees (MAR ’06), assistant professor in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, was added to the editorial review board of the Journal of Service Research. Voorhees and his wife, Betsy, also recently welcomed a baby boy, Cole, into their family.
Risk Management and Insurance
Steve Avila (RMI ’93) is a professor of insurance at Ball State University, where he also serves on the Insurance and Risk Management Advisory Board.
David Marlett (RMI ’97) is a professor and chair of the Department of Finance, Banking and Insurance at Appalachian State University.
Faith Neale (RMI ’04) is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Steve Tippins (RMI ’88) is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.