About the WebMBA®
Meet the Deans
Dr. Linda Upshaw Hadley
Dean – D. Abbott Turner College of Business and Computer Science
Columbus State University
Dr. Linda U. Hadley is the Dean of the Turner College of Business and Computer Science at Columbus State University where she also holds the Bill Heard endowed chair in Finance. She earned a B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA), an M.B.A. from Columbus State University, and a Ph.D. in financial economics from Auburn University. Dr. Hadley has also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University. Starting her career at CSU in 1992 as an assistant professor, she has been recognized for her contributions in teaching, administration and service. Dr. Hadley has been awarded the Turner College's Excellence inTeaching and Faculty Service Awards. In 2005, she was awarded Columbus State University's Distinguished Alumnus Award. She is a member of the Columbus Rotary Club and serves on the boards of Columbus Bank and Trust, the Pastoral Institute and Brookstone School. Dr. Hadley serves on the Maintenance of Accreditation Committee of AACSB International, and is currently President of the Southern Business Administrators' Association – a professional association of business deans of colleges and universities throughout the southeastern United States.
Dr. Matthew Liao-Troth
Dean – J. Whitney Bunting College of Business
Georgia College & State University
Matthew Liao-Troth is the Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University. He earned a Ph.D. in management and M.S. in management and policy from the University of Arizona, an M.B.A. from San Diego State University in personnel and industrial relations, and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to his appointment as Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University he was on the faculty of Western Washington University where he has served as President of the Faculty Senate, as well as Graduate Programs Director, MBA Programs Director, and Chair of the Management Department for the College of Business and Economics. Dr. Liao-Troth has also served on the faculties of Washington University in St. Louis, and DePaul University in Chicago. He has earned several teaching awards, and authored or co-authored over two dozen refereed articles and publications for practicing managers and researchers and is also the editor of the book "Challenges in Volunteer Management" from Information Age Publishing. Dr. Liao-Troth's impact on the field has been recognized by his election and service as chair of the Public and Nonprofit research division of the Academy of Management. Prior to his career in academia he worked professionally for the Boy Scouts of America, and has been involved with family businesses for most of his life.
Dr. William H. Wells
Interim Dean – College of Business Administration
Georgia Southern University
Dr. William H. Wells joined the faculty of GSU in 2001as an Assistant Professor of Finance. He served on the faculty of Merrimack College for six years prior to arriving at GSU. Bill earned his Ph. D. in Finance in 1999 from the University of Mississippi. His undergraduate degree from Jacksonville University is in Biology.
Bill conducts scholarly research in the areas of Corporate Governance, Real Estate Finance and Financial Institutions. In the Spring of 2007, Bill earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor. He was appointed Chair of the Department of Finance and Quantitative Analysis effective July 1, 2007. In November, 2010, he was appointed Associate Dean for Faculty and Curriculum. Bill was appointed Interim Dean for the College of Business Administration, effective July 1, 2012.
Bill is a native of Jacksonville, Florida where he met and married Karen thirty years ago. They have two sons - Brad, 18 and Jesse, 16.
Dr. Kathy Schwaig
Dean – Coles College of Business
Kennesaw State University
Kathy Schwaig is Dean and Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Entrepreneurial Management and Professor of Information Systems in the Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Schwaig joined the faculty at KSU in 2002 bringing over twenty years of teaching and professional experience to the classroom. Dr. Schwaig has served in several administrative roles at the department and college levels. An authority on the topic of information privacy and policy formulation, her research has been published in some of the leading journals in the information systems field including Information Systems Research, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Management Information Systems. Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Information Security and Privacy. A native of central Texas, Dr. Schwaig earned a BBA in Accounting and an MBA in Information Systems from Baylor University and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of South Carolina. She formerly served on the board of the Atlanta Care Center. Currently, Dr. Schwaig serves as Chairman of the Board of Partnership and Academics and Development, a non-profit focused on education initiatives in Central Asia, and is a member of the advisory board of The Edge Connection, a non-profit organization providing business education to microentrepreneurs. In addition to her research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Schwaig serves as a consultant and board member to an Atlanta based IT staffing firm. Kathy and her husband, Mike, live in Woodstock, Georgia and have one daughter, Emma Grace.
Dr. Faye S. McIntyre
Dean – Richards College of Business
Lead Dean – Georgia WebMBA
University of West Georgia
Faye S. McIntyre earned her BBA and MBA degrees from the University of West Georgia (formerly West Georgia College) and holds a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Georgia. Dr. McIntyre has completed professional development programs at Harvard University, Columbia University, the University of California at Berkley, and Oxford University in Oxford, England. McIntyre has over 70 publications and received numerous awards for her research. She has been invited to present her work at such forums as the American Marketing Association's Global Marketing Conference and the International Franchising Association's Annual Convention. McIntyre has served as Chair for the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Burson Center, a regional business incubator. She is on numerous Chamber committees, is a member of the Carrollton Rotary Club and the Heflin, AL Industrial Development Board, and volunteers in several other non-profit organizations.
Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, Jr.
Dean – Langdale College of Business
Valdosta State University
Dr. L. Wayne Plumly, Jr. earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the College of William & Mary and Master's and Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University. He has been teaching at Valdosta State University for the past 33 years. In 2007, he was inducted into the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Hall of Fame. Plumly has received 10 teaching awards including the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' 1998 Regents Teaching Excellence Award, 2003 Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, the 2004 Kenneth G. Elzinga Distinguished Teacher Award presented by the Southern Economic Association, and the first ever 2004 VSU Excellence in Teaching Award. His research and teaching interests are labor economics, public finance, economics education, and the economics of education. Plumly has published 14 refereed articles and numerous other publications. He is a faculty advisor for the VSU SIFE for the past 17 years. VSU SIFE has won 17 consecutive regional championships and finished in the top 4 in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2012 nationally.