Faculty Directory

Dr. Len Weld

Department Head and Professor of Accounting

Dr. Weld received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma.  He worked in the restaurant division of Ralston Purina for several years before attending Texas State University to earn an MBA.  After completing the MBA, he worked for a local CPA firm.  Dr. Weld left public accounting to earn a Ph.D. in accounting at Texas A&M University.  He taught at Auburn University for seven years and served as the Chairman of the Department of Accounting & Finance at both the University of Texas at Tyler and later Troy State University. July 1st, 2002, Dr. Weld became the Head of the Department of Accounting & Finance at VSU.

Dr. Weld’s research interests are in tax and financial accounting. He has published over sixty articles on various topics.  He is particularly interested in environmental cleanup and capitalization issues. 

Dr. Elvan Aktas

Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Elvan Aktas, who joined the faculty of the Langdale College of Business Administration in fall 2007 as an assistant professor of finance, has a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Florida (2004). Dr. Aktas worked for the Center for Real Estate Research during his graduate studies. Before joining VSU, Dr. Aktas worked for Florida Atlantic University’s College of Business as an assistant professor of finance. He has been tenured in 2010 and promoted to associate professor of finance in 2011. His research and teaching interests are investments, derivative securities, financial institutions and international finance.

Dr. William Buchanan

Associate Professor of Finance

My tenure at Valdosta State University began in August 1998 and I currently hold the rank of Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance. Recently the Finance Faculty have been working to provide students a Trading Lab for securities to further their experience and open additional job opportunities. After over 20 years of experience in Higher Education I am thrilled to still find the classroom challenging and rewarding and the collaborative efforts with my colleagues here at VSU very stimulating.

  • Which Way the Natural Gas Price: An Attempt to Predict The Direction of Natural Gas Spot Price Movements Using Trader Positions” Energy Economics Vol.23.Feb.2001 pp.279-293.
  • “Basis Correction Factors and Minimum Variance Hedge Ratios in a Commodity Complex" with Karin P. Roland: Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly September 2000, pp.101-114.
  • “Municipal Government Intervention in a Natural Gas Delivery System: The Case for Demand Forecasting” Municipal Finance Journal, Vol.21 No.2 Summer 2000, pp. 13-24.
  • “Municipal Government Intervention in a Natural Gas Delivery System: The Quest for Better Weather Based Gas Consumption Models in West Texas” Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterl, December 1999 Vol. 48, No.2,  pp. 351-362.
  •  “Benchmarking Massachusetts’ CPA Firms Against Recent National Survey Results” with Leisa L. Marshall and Jennifer Sherrod. Massachusetts CPA Journal, October 12, 1999: pp. 1-14.

My research interests focus on Corporate Finance issues and Derivative Securities as vehicles for risk management. I teach Corporate Finance at three levels and the Special Issues class, which examines the Derivative Securities Markets. I have been awarded the Quality Research Award for 1999 and 2000 and anticipate receiving it again this year.

I have conducted local seminars on Mutual Fund investment, Economics and Banking and the Expectations of a College Education.

My outside interests include golf, horses, flying and motorcycles however, my three teenage sons are keeping me busy with athletic events, keeping cars running and grocery shopping.

Dr. Raymond Elson

Professor of Accounting

Prior to academia, Dr Elson worked in public accounting and internal auditing with such organizations as Coopers and Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), American International Group and AXA-Equitable all in New York.  Dr Elson’s primary teaching areas are in managerial accounting, government and not-for-profit accounting, and auditing.  His research interest includes non-profit accounting and reporting issues (especially in religious organizations), corporate governance issues, and internal controls.  Dr Elson has presented his research at various regional and national meetings and has published in a number of academic and practitioner journals including the Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues; the Journal of Accounting, Ethics & Public Policy; the Journal of Business Cases and Applications; the Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal; The CPA Journal and the Academy of Business Disciplines Journal.

Dr Elson received the 2006 Rea and Lillian Steele Outstanding Teaching award and the 2010 -2011 Rea and Lillian Steele Outastanding Service Award. Dr Elson is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs (Valdosta Chapter), the American Institute of CPAs and the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Professor of Accounting

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been at the Langdale College of Business at Valdosta State University since Fall 1997. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida in 1997, MBA from Georgia Southern University in 1993, and Bachelors of Commerce from Calcutta University, India, in 1987. He worked with Xerox Corp. as a Senior Credit Executive for five years and with Voltas Ltd for 2 years as a sales officer before deciding to pursue an academic career.

His primary teaching interests are in the areas of cost and managerial accounting. Dr. Gupta currently teaches in both the traditional MBA as well as the Georgia WebMBA© program. He has also taught several accounting courses in the distance-learning format. Dr. Gupta has won the Georgia WebMBA© ' Outstanding Faculty of the Year ' award in 2007, 2008 and 2011. Dr. Gupta has been nominated for the Langdale College of Business Administration "Outstanding Teacher" of the year award by the Student Advisory Council eleven of the past 12 years and has had the honor of winning the award in 2000, 2004, 2007, & 2008. Dr. Gupta has also had the distinction of winning the VSU Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2009 and the Langdale College of Business “Outstanding Advising” award in 2012. 

Dr. Gupta’s primary research interests are in the areas of management accounting, quality control and modeling, and accounting education. He has published in some of the leading academic and practioner journals such as the Journal of Forecasting, Quarterly Journal of Business & Economics, the TQM Magazine, Academy of Educational Leadership Journal, Journal of Accounting Education, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Accounting Instructors' Report, Academy of Managerial Communications Journal, Southeast Case Research Journal, Journal of Accounting, Ethics and Public Policy, Journal of Medical Marketing, and the National Accounting Journal. In addition, Dr. Gupta has presented at more than four dozen national, regional, and local conferences.

Dr. Gupta’s is committed to encouraging students to succeed both academically and professionally and currently serves as the faculty advisor for the Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter.  This chapter was awarded the Silver Certificate of Excellence in its first year of existence. As faculty advisor, Dr. Gupta has helped students obtain internships and scholarships, organized community service events and plant tours, and obtained scholarship funds to take students to the annual IMA Student Leadership Conference.

Dr. Gupta currently serves as the Digital Measures administrator for the Langdale College of Business and is also the chair of the Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Gupta is a CPA and a CMA with more than 7 years of professional work experience.  

Dr. Michael L. Holland

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Dr. Holland is an accounting professor in the Department of Accounting and Finance.  He holds three degrees including a BS in Mathematics from Auburn University, Master of Accounting from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Georgia.  Additionally, he has been a faculty member at Valdosta State University since 1987.  Prior to joining the VSU faculty, he taught at LSU and Georgia State University.  Dr. Holland teaches in the Federal Income Tax and Cost/ Managerial areas.  His primary research interest is in the area of Federal Income Taxation where he has generated several dozen articles and professional presentations.

Dr. Tanya Lee

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Lee earned her BA with a major in mathematics from the University of Chicago, her MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business, and her PhD from Arizona State University. Dr. Lee has taught in the areas of accounting information systems and managerial accounting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research interests include how information affects behavior and how one can communicate complex or difficult materials in the classroom. Dr. Lee has published articles in a number of journals including Assessment and Evaluation in Higher EducationThe International Journal of Global Business and Economics, C3 Compendium of Classroom Cases and Tools, Accounting Instructors’ Report, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, and the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Dr. Leisa Marshall

Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Dr. Marshall earned her BS in BA with majors in accounting and finance in 1983 from Southeast Missouri State University; Master of Professional Accountancy and Doctor of Business Administration degrees from Mississippi State University in 1988 and 1993, respectively. She earned the CPA and CMA designations in 1989 and 1997, respectively. Financial accounting has been Dr. Marshall’s primary teaching area. More recently, she began teaching accounting information systems. She received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Valdosta State University College of Business Administration’s student body in 1994.  

Dr. Marshall’s research interests focus primarily on financial accounting and accounting education. Dr. Marshall has published or presented approximately 50 conference proceedings, articles, and a study guide in the areas of financial accounting, tax, information systems, accounting education, TQM, and business ethics.  

Dr. Marshall has served the college in a variety of capacities. She chaired two COBA committees during critical periods of the COBA. In one instance, she chaired the Students Relations Quality Improvement Committee during the AACSB reaccreditation. Subsequently, she chaired the Assessment/Curriculum Quality Improvement Committee in an effort to begin the assessment of educational outcomes. She later served as the Director of Assessment, providing input to several new COBA projects (COBA Orientation course and Career (Student) Portfolios). Dr. Marshall conducted several professional workshops relating to assessment and active learning.

Dr. Marshall has served the local community as well as the accounting community. She has served as a track chair, session chair, discussant, and reviewer for several accounting conferences. She also serves as a reviewer for two publications. She served as the Treasurer for both the Quota International of Valdosta, Inc., organization and the organization’s major fund raiser. She holds memberships in several accounting-related organizations.

Dr. Marshall is currently the only member of the faculty to have received the COBA Outstanding Teacher Award, research award and service award, simultaneously.

Mr. Gene E. Pike

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Mr. Gene E. Pike joined us in August of 2010 as a Temporary Instructor of Accounting.  He is a CPA (licensed in Florida) and is also a CMA (Certified Management Accountant).   Mr. Pike has a BS degree from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Tampa.  He spent 10 years in corporate finance with a Fortune 500 company, was the President of a consulting firm for 10 years, and then the President of an import company importing lead crystal from the Czech Republic. With close to 30 years of business experience, Mr. Pike joins us from the University of Tampa where he has taught for the last 10 years.  

Dr. Karin P. Roland

Associate Professor of Finance

Karin Pafford Roland is an Associate Professor of Finance at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.  She has published articles on US financial institutions and futures markets.  Previously, Dr.  Roland was a Financial Economist with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Roland graduated from the University of Florida with a PH.D. in finance.  

Dr. David L. Scott

Professor Emeritus of Finance

David Scott retired from Valdosta State in August 2007 following a 32-year career teaching finance for the College of Business Administration. David was born in Rushville, Indiana, and moved to Valdosta from Lakeland, Florida in 1975.  “We have always enjoyed traveling and are now able to take trips during the spring and fall,” he said.  He and his wife, Kay, recently returned from a 3 ½-month driving trip around the United States.  They have authored three books on the subject of America’s national parks and are currently at work on a revision of Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges.  David continues to be interested in finance and has nearly finished a manuscript for The American Heritage Dictionary of Business Terms, which is scheduled for publication by Houghton Mifflin in 2009.  “I am pleased that three of my former students in the College of Business will be making contributions to the book,” he said.

Dr. Kenneth L. Stanley

Professor Emeritus of Finance

Dr. Stanley's primary teaching and research interests are in the area of corporate finance and investments. Dr. Stanley has published over 30 articles in scholarly and practitioner journals including the Journal of Finance, The Journal of Portfolio Management, The Journal of Financial Research, The Journal of Futures Markets and the Strategic Management Journal. He is an active consultant on valuing private corporations. Dr. Stanley received a Ph.D. from Purdue University, an MBA from Emory University, and a B.A. from Rhodes College.

Dr. Stanley served as Dean of the Langdale College of Business Administration at Valdosta State University between 1984 and 2005. Prior to coming to VSU, he was on the faculty of the School of Business at Emory University.

Dr. Ronald Stunda

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Prior to entering academics worked for BellSouth, last position held was General Accounting Manager. Principle areas of research Are: Capital Market-based research, and financial accounting research. Primary teaching is Financial Accounting.

Dr. Nancy Swanson

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Nancy J. Swanson joined Langdale College in the fall of 2007 as an Assistant Professor of Accounting.  Dr.  Swanson received her BA degree in Accounting from Harding University, her MS degree in Accounting from the University of Mississippi in 1994, and her PhD degree in Accounting from Mississippi State University in 2007.  Her research interests are in financial and tax accounting.

Dr. Ning Wang

Assistant professor of Finance  

Dr. Candace Witherspoon

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Candace Witherspoon earned her BS and MS in accounting from Western Kentucky University and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Witherspoon has taught several courses in accounting but her primary area of teaching is taxation. Before entering academia, she worked with the Tennessee Department of Treasury as an accountant and with Logan Aluminum, Inc. as a financial analyst. Her research interests include content analysis, tax client and preparer interactions.