BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business (WCOB) announced several leadership changes following the Feb. 10 appointment of former WCOB Dean Heather Hulbert Norris as Appalachian’s interim provost and executive vice chancellor.
Dr. Sandra Vannoy has been named acting dean of the WCOB; Dr. Tim Forsyth has been appointed WCOB’s acting associate dean for graduate programs and research; and Dr. Scott Hunsinger has been named interim chair of the college’s Department of Computer Information Systems. Their appointments became effective Feb. 10.
Of Vannoy’s appointment, Norris said, “Sandy’s steadfast leadership and student-focused approach will serve her well in her role as acting dean. I thank Sandy for her continued service to the Walker College and know the entire college will continue supporting her in this new role.”
Vannoy shared that Forsyth, who succeeds her as associate dean for graduate programs and research, brings a “wealth of experience” to the role, citing his 12 years of service to the college — nine as department chair, two as associate dean for undergraduate programs and administration, and one as acting director of the college’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program.
“Hunsinger brings strong leadership experience to his role as interim chair,” said Vannoy, who previously held the position of interim chair. Vannoy said Hunsinger’s experience includes serving as dean of academic affairs and information technology in the North Carolina Community College System.
About Dr. Sandra Vannoy
Vannoy joined the WCOB faculty as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Information Systems in 1998. She became an assistant professor in 2010 and was named assistant dean for graduate programs and research in 2014. Vannoy was promoted to associate professor and associate dean in 2015 and was promoted to professor in 2019.
In her role as associate dean for graduate programs and research, she directed the MBA program and the implementation of the Master of Science in applied data analytics. She also established the college’s professional education program, directed the college’s undergraduate honors program and recently led the effort for an online MBA to launch in fall 2020.
She holds an MBA from Appalachian and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
About Dr. Tim Forsyth
Forsyth joined Appalachian’s Department of Accounting faculty in 1989 and served as chair of the department from 2005 until August 2014, when he was appointed acting associate dean for undergraduate programs and administration.
Forsyth holds the Kenneth E. Peacock Distinguished Professorship in Accounting, and his research has been published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Business, Industry and Economics, the National Accounting Journal, The CPA Journal, the Financial Review, Issues in Accounting Education and the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics, among others.
He holds an MBA from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.
About Dr. Scott Hunsinger
Hunsinger joined Appalachian’s faculty in 2004 and holds the L.M. “Bud” Baker Jr. Professorship.
He is a past recipient of the college’s Sywassink Awards for Excellence in both teaching and service, the university’s W.H. Plemmons Leadership Medallion and the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.
He holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in information technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University 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 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at https://business.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The 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 to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.