By Claire Metzger ’17


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Matt Josefy and Troy Smith, doctoral students in the Department of Management at Mays Business School, received the 2016 Senator Phil Gramm Fellowship for excellence in research and teaching.

The Gramm Fellowship was created to recognize the unique Ph.D. students who excel not only in research or in teaching, but in both. Nominees can be submitted from all doctoral programs at Texas A&M University, and six students are chosen.

Gramm, a retired U.S. Senator, now operates Gramm Partners, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C.

To be considered for the award, a nominee must display “outstanding mentoring skills and a reputation for ethical behavior” in their teaching and a “potential for scholarly impact” in their research, explained Laszlo Tihanyi, doctoral program coordinator in the Department of Management.

Tihanyi said he was proud that two students from Mays Business School were honored with this award, but said he was particularly delighted with the selection of Josefy and Smith. “Both Matt and Troy have been truly outstanding doctoral students in the Department of Management,” he said. Upon completion of the program, both will continue their teaching and research as assistant professors at Indiana University and the University of Nebraska.

Josefy holds a CFA charter and a CPA license, as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in financial management from Texas A&M.

Smith received an M.P.A. from the University of Georgia and two bachelor’s degrees from Utah State University – one in business and one in liberal arts and sciences. He said the faculty members at Mays have had a great impact on his academic journey. “The successes I have been privileged to enjoy over the past few years are a direct result of the high-caliber faculty in the Management Department,” he said.

Categories: Mays Business, Ph.D., Students, Texas A&M

Mays Business School leaders recognized two former students for academic excellence by giving them the Outstanding Doctoral Alumni Awards. One excels in marketing, another in information management.

The 2015 recipients are Glen B. Voss ’94 and Anandhi Bharadwaj ’93. Voss is the Marilyn and Leo Corrigan Endowed Professor of Marketing at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University, and the Research Director for the SMU National Center for Arts Research. Bharadwaj is a professor of Information Systems & Operations Management at Goizueta Business School at Emory University.


Each recipient spoke about their career, its beginnings, and how they have succeeded. Following their presentations was a question-and-answer session and then a reception. In the evening, the honorees and their spouses gathered for dinner at Madden’s in downtown Bryan, with members of their dissertation committees, as well as Eli Jones, Dean of Mays Business School; Bala Shetty, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Programs; and Duane Ireland, Interim Executive Associate Dean.

Every year, the award honors doctoral graduates who have achieved significant distinction in their fields and serve as role models for current students. Among the characteristics demonstrated by current and past recipients of this prestigious award are:

  • sustained research productivity and visibility in the field;
  • service to the profession as editor of a major scholarly journal;
  • recipient of major awards for excellence in research, teaching and/or service;
  • academic and administrative leadership as dean or associate dean of a business school;
  • successful career progression at a peer or aspirant school; and
  • holder of an endowed position.

Voss received his Ph.D. in marketing from Mays in 1994. His research interests include innovation and organizational learning, satisfaction and relationship management, and retail pricing strategies. His work has been published in a variety of journals including Organization Science, Marketing Intelligence Review, Journal of Marketing, and The Economist’s Executive Briefing. Voss received the Faculty Recognition Award for Research Excellence at SMU for 2008-09, and was recognized as a Top-100 Cutting Edge Marketing Faculty by the American Marketing Association for the years 2000-2007. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Reviewer Award for Journal of Service Research and twice recipient of the Outstanding Reviewer Award for Journal of Retailing in 2006 and 2010. Prior to his time SMU, Voss spent 12 years at North Carolina State University. Voss received a Bachelor in Communications at Rowan University, M.P.S in Hotel Administration from Cornell University and master’s in economics from University of California, Riverside.

Bharadwaj received her Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Mays in 1993. Her specializations include organizational impacts of informational technology, business value of IT, Internet commerce, and effect of knowledge management technologies. She is currently a Goizueta Term Professor of Information Systems at Emory University, where she has worked for 20 years.  Bharadwaj is the recipient of the Runner Up for 2012 Best Published Paper Award of ICIS, the 2009 Best Paper Award of Journal of Strategic Information Systems and the 2007 Best Associate Editor Award, Information Systems Research. She received the Caldwell Faculty Fellowship Award at Goizueta Business School in 1997 and she was the recipient of the Doctoral Student Research Excellence Award at Texas A&M University. Prior to academia, Bharadwaj worked as a Senior Systems Executive at NIIT and a Deputy Manager at Aavin/Tamilnadu Milk Cooperative. In 1985, she received PGDRM from the Institute of Rural Management in Gujarat, India and a bachelor’s in mathematics from Madras University in Tamil Nadu, India in 1983.

Two previous winners have gone on to become deans of Mays: Jerry Strawser and Eli Jones.

Categories: Alumni, Mays Business, News, Ph.D., Texas A&M