Steve Markham, the Digges Family Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership in the Pamplin College of Business Department of Management at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of Digges Family Professor Emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.

The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are especially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.

A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1978, Markham’s scholarship has focused on ways to improve organizational effectiveness, including organizational configuration, design, and control, visual information displays, absenteeism, innovation, productivity gainsharing and Scanlon plans, intergroup processes, leadership development and assessment, team building, and the identification of organizational entities using Within and Between Analysis.

Throughout his career, Markham engaged local businesses to design and implement various long-term organizational improvement programs. In addition, he was one of the longest-serving members of the board of reviewers of the premier academic leadership journal Leadership Quarterly, where he also served as an associate editor, and he was a University Honors fellow at Salford University in Manchester, England.

At Virginia Tech, Markham was the founder and director of the AT&T Center for the Scientific Visualization of Organizations and employed numerous faculty and graduate students while earning several corporate-level awards for excellence in applied, high-impact research. He also served on the Department of Management’s personnel and promotion and tenure committees and as the college commencement marshal.

In the classroom, Markham taught doctoral, master’s, executive, Extension, and undergraduate classes in the principles and practices of general management, the dynamics of organizational behavior, e-management, leadership, entrepreneurship, managing change, visualization, quality, multilevel research methods, and managerial analytics. He advised many students in both the Pamplin College of Business and College of Engineering on master’s degree and Ph.D. dissertations and helped them develop successful careers in both academic and industrial settings.

Markham received his bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

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