Robert Vandenberg named Arnold Professor of Business

University of Georgia faculty member Robert Vandenberg has been named the Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business.

A professor of management in the Terry College of Business, Vandenberg is internationally recognized as one of the best methodologists in the field, having won both a Distinguished Career Award and a Best Publication Award from the Academy of Management among other honors.

“Dr. Vandenberg is most deserving of this recognition,” said Terry College Dean Robert T. Sumichrast. “He is an unparalleled researcher, who has demonstrated continued excellence throughout his career at the Terry College. He is very worthy of this professorship.”

Vandenberg joined the Terry College in 1993. His research focuses on high-involvement work processes, measurement invariance issues and practices, latent growth modeling and organizational commitment.

The recipient of the Terry College’s 2008 Researcher of the Year Award, Vandenberg’s studies have been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and many other nationally recognized institutions.

He has also won awards for instruction, including the Teacher of the Year for Management award and a recognition for superior teaching from UGA’s Honors Program. He has taught courses on research methodology in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.

He earned a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in industrial/organizational psychology from UGA in 1982, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the UGA as well.

The Robert O. Arnold Professor of Business was established through a gift from the Arnold Fund. It is named in memory of Robert Arnold, a 1908 graduate of UGA who also served as mayor of Athens. Arnold was chairman of Georgia’s Board of Regents at the time of UGA’s integration in the early 1960s.