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Edwards Named Dean of Appalachian’s Walker College of Business

d05_11edwards1.jpgBOONE – Randal K. “Randy” Edwards has been named dean of Appalachian State University’s Walker College of Business. His appointment follows a national search to fill the position.

Edwards served as chair of the college’s Department of Accounting from 1992-2005. He had served as interim dean since July 1.

“I am pleased, that after serving in an interim capacity for the past six months, Randy Edwards is willing to assume the responsibility of dean,” said Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Stan Aeschleman. “The Walker College of Business’s stellar reputation for educating future accountants, bankers, business executives and other business leaders is due in part to Randy’s leadership, both as a former department chair and interim dean.”

Edwards is a graduate of Appalachian, receiving a bachelor of science degree from the university in 1977 and a master of science degree in accounting in 1978. He was a senior auditor with Ernst and Whinney from 1978-81, and an instructor at Appalachian from 1981-83.

After earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1986, Edwards returned to the faculty at Appalachian.

Edwards served on the UNC Faculty Assembly from 2004-2005 and the Council of Chairs from 1992 to 2005.

Edwards has been the author or co-author of numerous journal articles including “Employee Fraud in the Casino and Gaming Industry,” published in Internal Auditing; “The Sarbanes-Oxley ‘Ax’,” published in The CPA Journal; “Internal Controls for the Small Business: Skimming and the Fraud Triangle,” published in Internal Auditing; and

“How Internal Auditors Can Bridge the Gap Between the Real World and the Classroom,” also published in Internal Auditing.