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Meet the Deans

Dr. Linda Hadley

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. James Payne

Dr. James E. Payne
Dean – J. Whitney Bunting College of Business
Georgia College & State University

Dr. James E. Payne was recently appointed as Dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business at Georgia College & State University. Previous to his current appointment, Dr. Payne has served in several administrative capacities as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of New Orleans, Regional Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research at the University of South Florida Polytechnic, and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Economics at Illinois State University.

In addition to his administrative appointments, Dr. Payne has held tenure-track appointments at Oakland University and Eastern Kentucky University as well as visiting appointments at the University of Southern Mississippi, Economics Institute, and the University of Kentucky. Dr. Payne has also been a Fulbright Research Scholar and a Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Institute of Economics in Zagreb, Croatia.

Dr. Payne continues to be an engaged scholar with a national and international reputation for his research productivity and citations to his work. His research has been funded through grants and fellowships from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, American Institute for Economic Research, Government of Canada, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Military Affairs Commission, Kentucky Justice Cabinet, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Dr. Payne also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economics and Finance as well as an editorial board member for several academic journals.

A native of Kentucky, Dr. Payne received his B.A. in Economics from Berea College (1985) and M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in Economics from Florida State University.

Dr. Allen Amason

Dr. Allen Amason
Dean – College of Business Administration
Georgia Southern University

Allen C. Amason is a professor of Management and Dean of the College of Business at Georgia Southern University. He was formerly Chair of the Management Department at the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in International Strategic Management in 1993, from the University of South Carolina and has served on the faculties of Mississippi State University, the University of Georgia, and Georgia Southern University.

Professor Amason's research focuses on strategic decision making and top management team processes. He is the author of the book, Strategic Management: From Theory to Practice, and he has published nearly thirty articles and chapters in various outlets like the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management, the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of Business Venturing. He has been on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Management, and Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice. And he has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Management Studies and Sr. Associate Editor of the Journal of Management.

Professor Amason's teaching and consulting work focuses on strategic management, strategic decision-making, and top management processes. He has been or continues to serve on the boards of Georgia Oak Partners, a private equity firm, and the Russian Foundation for Population Health & Recovery, a Moscow-based NGO. He is an award winning executive educator, and was named Terry College Teacher of the Year in 2006 and Terry College MBA Teacher of the Year in 2005. He has done C-level consulting on issues related to strategy and strategic decision making with a variety of organizations including, Exide Technologies, Primewest Energy, the UGA Athletic Association, Rosetta Marketing, Johnson & Johnson, Computer Associates, Novartis, Tenet Healthcare, Nortel, and Advanced Micro Devices. He has traveled extensively and lectured or consulted in more than a dozen countries and on four continents.


Dr. Kathy Schwaig

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

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.

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.