Robert M. Brown, the Curling Professor of Accounting and Information Systems in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of “professor emeritus” by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

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

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1977, Brown is recognized as a leading scholar on financial market reaction to financial information. He has published 39 papers in leading academic and practitioner journals and has made numerous presentations at professional meetings.

Brown served as department head for eight years before returning to full-time teaching in July 2011.

He has taught numerous courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, and information systems at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has directed 15 doctoral students and served on more than 44 doctoral dissertation committees at Virginia Tech.

He has been active with alumni and professional groups, serving the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business as an accreditation team leader for more than 10 accounting programs.

He served as the faculty advisor to Beta Alpha Psi, recognized as the best student organization on campus in 2012. He received university teaching awards in 1980, 1981, 1988, and 2003.

Brown received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. from Georgia State University.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.