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James A. Yardley honored with emeritus status


BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 18, 2012 – James A. Yardley, retired associate professor of accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of Business, has been conferred the “associate professor emeritus” title by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The title of emeritus may be conferred on retired professors and associate professors, administrative officers, librarians, and exceptional staff members who are specially recommended to the board of visitors by Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger. 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 1986, Yardley traveled around the world in various accounting roles. He served as accounting advisor for United States Aid for International Development in Ethiopia from 1996 to 2003. He was a resident accounting advisor for the U.S. Department of Treasury in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010.

In 2005, Yardley served as accounting advisor for the Asian Development Bank in Mongolia, and in 2007, he taught accounting at the American University of Iraq.

Yardley taught undergraduate and graduate courses, published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in both academic and practice-related journals, and refereed proceedings in the accounting and auditing areas. He served on a number of dissertation committees and made numerous presentations at academic meetings. He retired in September 2012.

Yardley earned his bachelor's degree from Brown University, a master's degree from Lincoln University, a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

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