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Annual awards for B&E standouts

Annual awards for faculty and staff in the College of Business and Economics are announced just before the fall semester begins, and this year’s recipients come from the Division of Economics, the Center for Executive Education and the Division of Accounting.

Outstanding Service

Brian Cushing
Brian Cushing, associate professor of economics, does research on issues related to population migration and poverty. This includes analysis of Appalachian poverty, consideration of appropriate methods to measure the true extent of poverty, the effects of poverty and of public policy - especially social welfare programs - on migration decisions of low-income households, and the role of race relations in population migration. He received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Outstanding Staff

Martina Bison-Huckaby
Martina Bison-Huckaby is director of the Center for Executive Education for the WVU College of Business and Economics. She previously served as the Center's associate director. She is responsible for the daily operations of the Center, including development, marketing, recruiting, logistics, and delivery of programs. She earned a bachelor's degree and an MBA degree at WVU and a Certificate in Export Management. She also holds a Paralegal Certificate in Litigation from UCLA Extension and a Laurea in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy.

Outstanding Research

Ron Balvers
Ron Balvers, dean's professor of econom-ics, specializes in the macroeconomic factors affecting the returns of financial assets and the optimal choice of investment portfolios. In particular, he concentrates on variables that affect stock market indices in an environment of incomplete information and the optimal response of investors to the related return predictability. Dr. Balvers earned an economics Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in economics at Tilburg University, the Netherlands.

Outstanding Teaching

Presha Neidermeyer
Presha Neidermeyer specializes in inter-national accounting and her research investigates the way culture impacts auditor decision-making. She is also interested in gender studies and has co-edited a book studying work-life balance. Dr. Neidermeyer is a member of the AICPA and is an active participant in various organizations benefiting charities in Africa. She has led multiple teams of practicing professionals and students to Africa to help minimize the impact of the AIDS pandemic. She was recently recognized as a recipient of the WVU President’s Volunteer Service Award.

MBA Professor of the Year

Nick Apostolou
Nick Apostolou is a visiting professor of accounting. He is professor emeritus from Louisiana State University where he was LeGrange Professor of Accounting and the graduate coordinator in the accounting department for 20 years. He is a member of the editorial board of The Forensic Examiner and has published numerous articles in academic and professional journals. He earned a DBA in accounting from the University of Tennessee, an MBA in business economics from UCLA, and a BA in economics from Union College. He is a certified public and forensic accountant.

Beta Gamma Sigma Professor of the Year

Jack Dorminey
Jack Dorminey, accounting assistant professor, earned a Ph.D. in business from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MBA and BA in finance from Virginia Tech. His research interests include belief heterogeneity, capital markets and managerial systems. His teaching interests focus on financial accounting and managerial accounting. Dorminey is a member of the American Accounting Association, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma.