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Citadel News Service
19 Apr 2010

Shelia Foster named MBA Professor of the Year

Shelia Foster, professor of accounting in the School of Business Administration, has been named the MBA Professor of the Year for 2010.

The award is decided by a vote of Citadel Graduate College students enrolled in the master’s in business program.

"Dr. Sheila Foster exceeds her students’ expectations by using nontraditional teaching techniques that encourage students to look outside of the classroom. She does this by beginning each class with an engaging discussion about current events and then presents accounting material in a way that is immediately relevant to the modern business world,” said Ashley Magrath, MBA Association president. “I am happy that the MBA student body voted Dr. Foster as MBA Teacher of the Year. She truly deserves this award."

Foster lives in Charleston but is a native of Lynchburg, Va. She earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Radford College and a Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University. After teaching elementary school for several years, she returned to school and earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting from Virginia Commonwealth University and, later, a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major field emphasis in accounting from Virginia Tech. She taught at Virginia Tech and Lynchburg College before joining The Citadel in 1992.

In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate accounting courses, Foster is division chairman for Decision Sciences and director of International Experiences. She has previously served as the MBA director. Foster has been active in the effort to internationalize the business curriculum, leading study-away courses for cadets and MBA students to Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Italy, Spain and Ireland. She has published predominantly in the areas of tax, accounting, ethics, and pedagogy. Foster is both a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner. She has been active in a number of professional and honorary organizations, including Beta Alpha Psi, Beta Gamma Sigma, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi.

Foster received the award April 15 during the School of Business Hall of Fame and Beta Gamma Sigma induction ceremonies. Three other awards also were presented and 35 students were inducted into the international academic honor society for business students.

MBA faculty vote each year on the most outstanding student enrolled in the graduate business program. The MBA Outstanding Student of the Year Award is presented to a graduate student who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the MBA program.

This year Jason E. Speake has been chosen as the MBA Outstanding Student of the Year.

Speake, a Ninety-Six, S.C., native who lives in Charleston now, earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lander University in 2007. Shortly after graduation he moved to New York City where he worked as a sales assistant and an internal auditor for Emigrant Bank. After a year Speake returned to South Carolina to pursue his interest in economic development and site selection consulting. He enrolled at The Citadel in the spring of 2009. Currently, Speake is working with the Union South Carolina Economic Development Board researching locations for prospective companies and juggling several summer internships.

Speake is active in the community; he volunteers with Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity and is the vice president of The Citadel’s MBA Association.

The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award is decided by a vote of graduating seniors. The Class of 2010 has selected Al Lovvorn, who teaches undergraduate level Strategic Management and graduate level Global Business Strategy in the School of Business.

Lovvorn, a native of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., attended Vanderbilt on a Navy ROTC scholarship; after graduating with a BA in History, he was commissioned in the United States Navy where he served on active duty for 23 years as a surface warfare officer around the world with tours in the Mediterranean, Persian Gulf, and the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

After retiring from the Navy, Lovvorn completed his MBA and Ph.D. (with a concentration in Strategic Management) at The University of Memphis in Memphis. His dissertation was titled “Do Chickens Come Home to Roost? The Consequences of Strategic Decisions: Firm Downsizing and CEO Exit” and focused on the impact the downsizing decision had on a CEO’s personal career. His research interests are focused on CEO leadership and performance at the strategic level. Lovvorn also enjoys examining issues of cultural adaptation for managers working in the international arena as well as strategic performance of multinational firms.

Lovvorn joined The Citadel faculty in July 2007.

Lastly, the Wall Street Journal Award is presented every year by the business faculty to the most outstanding graduating senior in the School of Business Administration. This year’s recipient is Cadet Zach Holliday

A resident of Wilson, N.C., Holliday leads the 2,100-member South Carolina Corps of Cadets as the 2009-2010 regimental commander. A member of Band Company before serving on regimental staff, Holliday has received numerous awards for his leadership and academic excellence including Dean’s List, Commandant’s List, and President’s List. The current recipient of the Edwin P. Latimer Citadel Scholarship, Holliday will enter the United States Navy as an ensign after graduating in May.

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