Faculty Emeriti

We are deeply proud of and grateful for our Emeriti Faculty. Their decades of service have created tremendous impact for our students, colleagues, university, and Asheville community. UNC Asheville “grants emeritus status to those faculty members who retire from the University with faculty rank after at least ten years of service at UNC Asheville, upon approval by the Board of Trustees. Faculty members retired and emeriti possess such privileges as continued listing in the university catalog, standing invitations to march in all academic processions and to participate in other academic faculty events on the same basis as currently employed faculty, use of athletic and library facilities and faculty parking areas, and such other privileges as may be extended by the Board of Trustees” (Faculty Handbook


Don Lisnerski, Professor Emeritus of Management

Dr. Lisnerski joined UNC Asheville in 1982 and retired in 2010 after 28 years of service. During that time, he chaired the department for seven years and was past chair of numerous university committees and bodies, including Faculty Senate. Additionally, he spearheaded our former concentration in Healthcare Administration. In recognition for his generosity in sharing his talents with his department, the UNC Asheville and local communities, and with our State system, Dr. Lisnerski was recognized as one of two Feldman professors in 2007.


  • B.S., Business Administration and Management, SUNY Buffalo
  • M.S.P.H., Health Administration and Accident Research, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Dr.P.h., Health Administration, UNC Chapel Hill

Martha Marshall, Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Professor Marshall joined the UNC Asheville faculty in 1981 and retired in 2003. She served as President of the NC Association of CPAs, President of the Asheville Chapter of NCACPA, President of the Asheville Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants, and was a member of the AICPA Governing Council. She was a consultant for SCORE working with small businesses. Prior to joining UNC Asheville, she worked in public accounting and industry, as well as teaching at other universities. Her research and teaching areas of specialty included taxation, financial management, non-profit management, and small business operations.


  • B.S., Henderson State University
  • M.B.A., University of Arkansas
  • CPA

Betsy Mayes, Lecturer Emeritus of Accounting

Professor Mayes received Emeritus distinction in 2016. She joined UNC Asheville in 1986 and was a dedicated faculty member in accounting responsible for teaching and mentoring students in the area of tax. Not only did she earn a teaching award during her time on the faculty, but Professor Mayes was also heavily involved in department service as the liaison with our Advisory Board and with respect to engagement in the accounting community.


  • B.S., Business Administration, Western Carolina University
  • M.B.A., Western Carolina University
  • CPA and CMA

Claudel McKenzie, Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Professor McKenzie was the long-serving department chairperson who spearheaded our efforts to earn accreditation with AACSB International. She was also the founder and advisor to the UNC Asheville Accountancy Association, and published several articles, professional papers, and case studies that reflected course objectives. In 1991 she received the Distinguished Teaching Award. Then in 1998 she was awarded the Board of Governors Award for Teaching, and then the Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship and Service for 2005-2006. Her research interests were business ethics, decision making and other related accounting areas.


  • B.S., Accounting, Mars Hill College
  • M.B.A., Western Carolina University
  • CPA and CMA

Linda Nelms, Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Professor Nelms received Emeritus distinction in 2016. She served on the faculty since 1978 and retired in 2014. As a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, certified in Production and Inventory Management, Professor Nelms was an active teacher-scholar who believed firmly in theory application.  She was awarded the Ruth and Leon Feldman Professorship for Outstanding Service in 1998 and the University Service Council Award in 2003.  In addition to numerous university and department committees, Professor Nelms served as the Director of UNC Asheville's Undergraduate Research Program and was a committed faculty mentor for numerous student research projects. 


  • M.B.A., The University of North Carolina
  • B.A. in Literature, The University of North Carolina Asheville

Bob Yearout, Professor Emeritus of Management

Dr. Bob Yearout joined the faculty in 1975. On February 19, 2016 the UNC Asheville Board of Trustees voted unanimously to grant Professor Emeritus status to Dr. Yearout. He received numerous teaching, research, and service awards while at UNC Asheville. A committed public servant, Dr. Yearout was one of our most dedicated supporters of our undergraduate research program. He published one book and a significant number of articles in national and international peer reviewed journals in the areas of noise hazards, quality control, inventory control, engineering economics, and management pedagogy.


  • Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University
  • M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Kansas State University
  • M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California
  • B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Military Institute