Bagley, Brackney named Peacock Accounting Professors

Two Appalachian State University professors have been appointed to the Kenneth E. Peacock Accounting Professorship in the Walker College of Business.

Drs. Pennie Bagley and Ken Brackney — professors in the Department of Accounting — will receive a salary stipend to further advance their work and will retain the Peacock Professorship for five years.

Professorships recognize faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding performance in instruction, scholarship and service. 

“I am confident that Pennie and Ken will represent the accounting department and our college well in this role and be an exemplar for distinguished professors on our campus,” said Sandra Vannoy, interim dean of the Walker College. 

Pennie Bagley


Dr. Pennie Bagley joined App State’s faculty in 2010 and became chair of the Department of Accounting in 2019. 

Related: Dr. Pennie Bagley named chair of Walker College of Business’ Department of Accounting

Dr. Bagley is a past recipient of the college’s Sywassink Award for Excellence in Service and has previously served as accounting internship coordinator, as the college’s first experiential learning faculty fellow, and on a wide variety of committees at the university, college and departmental levels.

Dr. Bagley’s research focuses primarily in auditing, with a particular interest in accountability, affect and audit education, and it has been published in journals such as Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Accounting Horizons, Issues in Accounting Education, and The CPA Journal. 

Dr. Bagley earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.

Ken Brackney


Professor of Accounting Ken Brackney joined App State’s faculty in 2003. 

Dr. Brackney teaches courses on financial accounting and international accounting and is a past recipient of the college’s Sywassink Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UNC System Excellence in Teaching Award, and the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants Outstanding Educator Award.

Related: 7 App State faculty members recognized for teaching excellence

Dr. Brackney’s research interests include financial accounting and reporting, international accounting and accounting practice, and his work has been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, The CPA Journal and others.

Dr. Brackney is a member of both the American Accounting Association and the North Carolina Association of CPAs. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from UNC-Chapel Hill, as well as a BSBA and an M.S. in accounting from Old Dominion University.

Kenneth E. Peacock Accounting Professorship

Professorships are often named in honor of significant benefactors to the college. 

The Peacock Professorship is named in honor of former Walker College accounting professor, past dean and the sixth chancellor of Appalachian State University, Kenneth E. Peacock

Related: The Story of Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock

Established in 2007 with $333,000 funds raised by generous donors in honor of Dr. Peacock, the professorship became eligible for a 50 percent match from the UNC System in Spring 2009, completing the $500,000 professorship.

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Dr. Pennie Bagley, Dr. Ken Brackney
Published: Jan 14, 2022 12:06pm