Samuel A. Hicks, associate professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “associate professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Timothy Sands. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board of visitors receive an emeritus certificate from the university.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1979, Hicks has published numerous books and peer-reviewed journal articles in both academic and practice-related journals as well as peer reviewed proceedings on the subject of accounting and taxes.

From 2000 to 2011, Hicks was the program chair of the Virginia Accounting and Auditing Conference, which led to a stronger relationship between the Pamplin College and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

In addition, he conducted many workshops and seminars on the personal use of computers in accounting and taxation.

In the classroom, Hicks taught a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Hicks received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA and doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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