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Business Administration Professor Receives President’s Award from the Western Academy of Management

Jeffrey Shay, Johnson Professor of Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Washington and Lee University, was honored with the Western Academy of Management’s Joan G. Dahl President’s Award at the group’s annual conference in Kauai, Hawai’i on March 13, 2015.

The Joan G. Dahl President’s Award recognizes members who have contributed to the ongoing success of the Western Academy of Management, supported the professional growth and development of its members, and demonstrated excellence in both teaching and research. Recipients of the award must receive the unanimous support of the academy’s executive committee, the result of which is that a recipient is not named each year. The last year the award was given was 2011.

Shay came to Washington and Lee in 2009 after spending 10 years as a professor at the University of Montana. He has been actively involved in the Western Academy of Management since 1997, when he was a doctoral student at Cornell University.

In 2006, Shay received the Academy’s Ascendant Scholar Award for his early career accomplishments in both teaching and research, and in 2007, he was elected to serve on the board as a representative-at-large. He went on to serve as a program chair and was elected president of the organization in 2013.

At Washington and Lee, Shay has worked with alumni, faculty and students to launch the Connolly Center for Entrepreneurship. The Center hosts an annual Entrepreneurship Summit, a Social Entrepreneurship Summit, and two business plan competitions. The Venture Club and new course offerings are other outgrowths of the program.

Shay teaches courses in entrepreneurship, strategic management, and leadership and his research explores the integration between strategy and entrepreneurship.