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Pamplin College of Business names interim associate dean of undergraduate programs


BLACKSBURG, Va., June 23, 2004 – Debra A. Salbador of Blacksburg, Va., associate professor of accounting and information systems, has been appointed interim associate dean of undergraduate programs at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business, effective July 1.

A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1994, Salbador has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in taxation and accounting as well as continuing education courses. She has served on her department’s undergraduate curriculum committee and continues to serve on a number of department, college, and university committees. She has served on the advisory board of the Organization of Women Faculty and was a member of the Virginia Tech Services board of directors, the audit committee of which she chaired for six years. She has been an adviser to about 30 students since 1994 and was the faculty advisor to the Beta Alpha Psi honorary fraternity.

Her research interest is tax policy. She has examined the effects of tax policy on a firm’s investment, financing, and operating decisions and on the measurement of tax burdens and marginal tax costs; economic and non-economic effects on tax compliance behavior; the effects of e-business on tax policy; and the effects of tax accounting methods on income reporting.

Salbador is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Accounting Association, National Tax Association, the American Society of Women Accountants, which she has served in various official capacities, and Phi Kappa Phi. A native of New Orleans, Salbador has worked as an accountant and tax manager at various firms in Louisiana.

Salbador received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at the University of New Orleans and a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of South Carolina. She came to Virginia Tech in 1994.

Virginia Tech's nationally ranked Pamplin College of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programs in accounting and information systems, business information technology, economics, finance, hospitality and tourism management, management, and marketing. The college emphasizes the development of leadership skills and ethical values and the integration of technology in the academic curriculum, and prepares students for global business challenges through faculty-led study abroad programs. The college has research centers that focus on business leadership, electronic commerce, energy modeling, and wireless telecommunications. The college is committed to serving business and society through the expertise of its faculty, alumni, and students.

Founded in 1872 as a land-grant college, Virginia Tech has grown to become the largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, Virginia Tech’s eight colleges are dedicated to putting knowledge to work through teaching, research, and outreach activities and to fulfilling its vision to be among the top 30 research universities in the nation. At its 2,600-acre main campus located in Blacksburg and other campus centers in Northern Virginia, Southwest Virginia, Hampton Roads, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia Tech enrolls more than 28,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries in 170 academic degree programs.