Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business has appointed three new administrators: Candice E. Clemenz, of Blacksburg, associate dean for undergraduate programs; Richard R. Perdue, of Blacksburg, department head of hospitality and tourism management; and Richard L. Daugherty, of Blacksburg, director of the Business Technology Center.

Clemenz was a faculty member in the hospitality and tourism management department at Virginia Tech for seven years, during which she received an Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Student Advising, and a Certificate of Teaching Excellence. She has taught at several other universities, including the University of West Florida, where she established a new hospitality program during the past two years.

Clemenz has 20 years of business experience, including serving as vice president of development at ClubCorp Inc., the world’s largest owner of private clubs. Her industry expertise focused on revenue-generating strategies, new product development, and turning around troubled properties. She has been a speaker at many conferences and served as a consultant on human resources and club membership marketing. She plans to continue her research work on training and club management issues.

Clemenz received a bachelor's in dietetics from Florida State University in 1975, a master's in food service and lodging administration from the University of Tennessee in 1993, and a Ph.D. in hospitality and tourism management from Virginia Tech in 2001.

Perdue was previously a professor in the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado- Boulder, where his recent research focused on sustainable tourism development and marketing in Colorado mountain environments with specific emphasis on the ski and recreational real estate industries.

He has conducted research and marketing projects for various local, state, and regional tourism offices, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the National Park Service. He has published numerous articles, technical reports, and book chapters on tourism and tourism development.

Perdue is an elected fellow and president of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. He serves as editor of the Journal of Travel Research, the premier scholarly journal on tourism. He received a bachelor's and master's in recreation resources administration from the University of Wyoming in 1975 and 1977, respectively, and a Ph.D. in recreation resources development from Texas A&M University in 1981.

Daugherty has more than 25 years of industry experience leading new business and product development, technology management, and corporate ventures. He was formerly director of Alcan Aluminum’s fabrication research and development center for North America, where he led a 100-person materials and product development effort.

He also served on Alcan’s global research and development management team that set R&D strategy for the company, developed the annual technology plan, and was responsible for meeting its objectives. He previously led corporate ventures at Alcan, Atlantic Richfield, and Exxon.

Daugherty joined Virginia Tech last year as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Management. He received a bachelor's in civil engineering from Virginia Tech in 1963, a master's in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Delaware in 1969, and a Ph.D. in engineering mechanics from the University of Delaware in 1971, where he also taught and served as an assistant dean for several years.

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