Director of MBA
Dr. Neel Das
Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
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.
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.