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Dr. Lakshmi Iyer

Acting Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research 

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer
ASU Box 32037 
Office: 3140 ALee Barnes Graduate Programs Suite Peacock Hall 
Phone: (828) 262-6823
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Ph.D., University of Georgia
MS in Industrial Engineering, University of Alabama
BS in Chemical engineering, Bangalore University in India

Dr. Lakshmi Iyer was named acting associate dean for graduate programs and research in January 2021. She became program director of Applied Data Analytics in the Walker College of Business in July 2017. Dr. Iyer is a professor in the Department of Computer Information Systems. As program director, Iyer led the Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics degree program that Appalachian launched in 2016 to help bridge the gap between industry demand and skills in the area of big data.

Dr. Iyer previously served as director of graduate programs in the Department of Information Systems and Supply Chain Management at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Under her leadership, enrollment in UNCG's information systems and supply chain graduate programs more than doubled. She was also instrumental in establishing an analytics concentration at the Master of Science in Information Technology and Management level as well as a graduate certificate in business analytics.

Dr. Iyer earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in management science and information technology and a minor in computer science from the University of Georgia, and she most recently served as director of graduate programs in the department of information systems and supply chain management at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


   Dr. Neel Das

Director of MBA

Dr. Neel Das
ASU Box 32037 
Office: 3140A Lee Barnes Graduate Programs Suite Peacock Hall 
Phone: (828) 262-2922

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, India
Master of Commerce, University of Calcutta, India
Bachelor of Commerce, St. Xavier's College, India

Dr. Neel Das joined the Walker College of Business in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in Marketing. He was promoted to professor in 2019. He has taught MBA classes at the Institute of Management of Technology, India, Calcutta Business School, India, and the University of Angers, France. His primary teaching interests are Consumer Behavior and Branding and has also taught other courses such as International Marketing and Marketing Research.
Dr. Das' research has received honors in conferences sponsored by the Society of Marketing Advances and the Atlantic Marketing Association, has received grants from Appalachian State University Research Council, the Walker College of Business Dean's Club Research Grants, and the Networks Financial Institute, Indiana State University. His research has been published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, Marketing Letters and others.

Dr. Das has an undergraduate business and commerce degree from St. Xavier's College, India, a Master's degree in accounting and taxation from the University of Calcutta, India, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management in finance from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, and a Ph.D. in marketing from Louisiana State University.



Director, Master of Science in Accounting Program

Dr. Lynn Stallworth 

Phone: (828) 262-6189
Office: 3116 Peacock Hall 

Ph. D. Accounting, Louisiana State University
M. Accountancy, University of Mississippi
B. Accountancy, University of Mississippi

Dr. Lynn Stallworth joined the Department of Accounting in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University as an Associate Professor in 2006.  She was promoted to Professor in 2016 and appointed the Director of the Master of Science in Accounting program in 2019. Dr. Stallworth has over 20 years experience teaching a variety of accounting courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her primary teaching area is financial accounting. Dr. Stallworth has completed visiting professorships at the University of Angers, France where she has taught corporate accounting and international accounting) and at the University of Duisburg, Germany  where she lectured on corporate governance.

Dr. Stallworth is an established case-writer who has published numerous cases in Issues in Accounting Education, one of which was awarded the American Taxation Association/ Deloitte Teaching Innovation Award in 2015. Her other research interests include pedagogical issues, behavioral accounting, sustainability reporting, and earnings management.

Dr. Stallworth is a 1985 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree, after which she worked for the New Orleans office of Arthur Andersen and Company. She turned to school at the University of Mississippi to earn a Master of Accountancy in 1991 and a Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in 1998.

Dr. Jason Xiong

Acting Director, Master of Science in Applied Data Analytics Program

Dr. Jason Xiong

Phone: (828) 262-2351
Office: 3140D Peacock Hall 

Ph.D., University of Nebraska Omaha
M.S., University of Nebraska Omaha

Dr. Jason Xiong is an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University. Dr. Xiong's research focuses on IT for Development (IT4D), E-Commerce, and the value of Information Systems. Dr. Xiong has work experience in large IT companies in the United States and China. Dr. Xiong is the Vice President for Communication for Association for Information Systems (AIS) SigGlobDev. Dr. Xiong is the Communication Editor for Journal of Information Technology for Development and Editorial Board Member for Journal of Database Management and Journal of Information Systems Applied Research.

He was appointed as Acting Director of the MS in Applied Data Analytics Program from July, 2021. 

   Donna Lindabury

Graduate Programs Administrator

Donna Lindabury 
Office: 3140B Lee Barnes Graduate Programs Suite 
Phone: (828) 262-2922

B.S., Appalachian State University

Donna Lindabury received the outstanding staff award for the College of Business for 2013, which honors college staff members who exhibit dedication in service, innovation, workplace morale and service to Appalachian and the community. In addition to serving as Assistant to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research, Lindabury manages the MBA assistantship and scholarship programs, supports various research initiatives, and is the administrator of the college’s professional education programs. She began her career with the Walker College as administrative assistant in the Department of Computer Information Systems.


   Cele Burt

Graduate Student Services Associate

Cele Burt
Office: 3140E Lee Barnes Graduate Programs Suite
Peacock Hall
Phone: 828-262-8029


B.B.A., Baylor University
M.A., Appalachian State University

Cele Burt joined the Walker College of Business Graduate Programs office in July 2020.  She previously worked in accounting at ASU Foundation and has a background in human resources and finance.  In addition to working for an industrial construction firm in Raleigh as HR Manager, she and her family spent eight years overseas working for a non-profit organization, where Cele managed budgets and expense reports for field personnel in Asia and Australia.  Cele formerly received her SHRM-CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management and is a member of the North Carolina Association of International Educators.  Her professional interests include academic advising, career coaching, mentoring, financial management, intercultural competency, and international education.


Graduate Programs Career Coach

Maureen Cathey
Office: 2140 Peacock Hall
Peacock Hall
Phone: 828-262-7574


B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Maureen Cathey is the career coach for graduate business programs (MBA, MS in Applied Data Analytics, MS in Accounting and MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management) as well as undergraduate accounting. Prior to this role, Maureen had served as an assistant director and career counselor in the Career Development Center at Appalachian working as a liaison to the Reich College of Education. As a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, Maureen helps students recognize the power of their strengths. Maureen serves as a Student Conduct Board member and Administrative Hearing panelist on campus and enjoys supporting student success in any way she can. Prior to working at Appalachian State University, Maureen worked at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in a variety of student affairs areas including Career Services, Student Conduct, Orientation, and Parent and Family programs. She also spent time at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the position of MBA Program Director.