Dr. Sandra Vannoy
Professor, Computer Information Systems
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Dr. Sandra Vannoy joined the Walker College of Business 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. Vannoy was drawn to Appalachian State University and the Walker College of Business because of its student focus and sense of community. Prior to her career in academia, Vannoy owned a small software development company and held administrative positions in the healthcare and banking fields.
Vannoy's teaching and research interests involve the role of information technology in organizational decision-making and social dynamics. Her research has been published in journals including Information Systems Research, Communications of the ACM, the Journal of Global Information Technology Management, and Social Network Analysis and Mining. Vannoy is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and professional organizations including the MBA Career Services & Employer Alliance (MBA CSEA), Association for Information Systems (AIS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS).
Vannoy has directed the MBA and honors programs since 2014, and has led the Walker College's graduate programs team to implement two new programs during her tenure as associate dean, a master of science in applied data analytics and professional education. Additionally, she has implemented new research initiatives for the Walker College. Most recently, Vannoy has spearheaded the development of a new online MBA program, to launch in Fall 2020.
Vannoy resides with her husband Jim Todd in Todd, North Carolina.
Director of Applied Data Analytics
Ph.D., University of Georgia
Dr. Lakshmi Iyer 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 and Supply Chain Management. As program director, Iyer will lead 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 most recently 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. Tim Forsyth
Kenneth E. Peacock Distinguished Professor in Accounting
Ph.D., University of Alabama
Dr. Tim Forsyth has been a member of the Walker College of Business faculty since joining the Department of Accounting as an Assistant Professor in 1989. He served the Department of Accounting as internship director for twelve years and as department chair for nine years. He was Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Administration in the Walker College of Business from 2014 to 2016. In addition to his current role as Professor in Accounting, he recently accepted the position of Acting Director of the Master of Business Administration program for 2019-2020.
Dr. Forsyth’s teaching interest is primarily financial accounting. 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, the Journal of Cost Analysis and Parametrics and others. He is a member of the American Accounting Association.
Graduate Programs Administrator
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.
Graduate Programs Advisor
B.S., Appalachian State Univeristy
Wendy Deng was born and raised in northeastern China. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University in Shenyang China. Deng immigrated to the United States in 1992 and received her BSBA in Accounting from the Walker College of Business in 1999. Upon graduation, she took a position as a financial analyst for International Business Machines Corp (IBM), where she worked for sixteen years. She serves as the primary student advisor for MBA students, in addition to offering support on budgets, marketing, and business practicums.