Paul Benjamin Lowry, who will join the Virginia Tech community this fall as professor of business information technology in the Pamplin College of Business, has been awarded the title of Suzanne Parker Thornhill Professor in Business Information Technology by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The Suzanne Parker Thornhill Professorship in Business Information Technology was established in 1998 to provide support for the Pamplin College of Business and to recognize teaching and research excellence.

Lowry received his Ph.D. in management information systems in 2002 from the University of Arizona. He has worked as a professor in Hong Kong since 2011 and most recently as full professor at the University of Hong Kong.

An internationally recognized scholar, Lowry has been identified as the top information systems scholar in the world, based on publications in the top six information systems journals. He has published 106 journal articles, including those in the field's leading journals.

In addition, Lowry has published 80 papers with 78 different undergraduate and graduate students. He has help place 35 master’s degree students in top Ph.D. programs in the United States and Canada and served on approximately 20 doctoral dissertation committees.

He has taught courses in data analytics and data mining, information systems, and operations management and doctoral seminars in theory building and theory-inspired design in information systems research

Lowry received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Brigham Young University.