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Dr. Presha Neidermeyer

Dr. Presha E. Neidermeyer, Ph.D. CPA, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Mary Catherine Buswell Award for her commitment to women and leadership at West Virginia University.

 The award, which recognizes recipients for excellence in their field as it relates to the advancement of WVU women, community and civic activities that serve and advance women, or significant pioneering activities that improve the status of women, is sponsored by the WVU Council for Women’s Concerns and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

 Dr. Neidermeyer has been interested in these areas since entering the academy. She has served on the Women’s Leadership Initiative Steering Committee for the past five years.  For the last two of these, she has also served as the West Virginia University ADVANCE Fellow.  In this position, she has worked for former Mary Catherine Buswell Award Winner Dr. Melissa Latimer and with the rest of the ADVANCE team to address the underrepresentation of women in leadership and academic positions.  Within this role, she coordinates the WVU Women’s Leadership Initiative. She serves as the State Chair for the ACE Women’s Network, and has received the WVU Outstanding Faculty Member President's Volunteer Service Award from the Office for Civic Engagement. 

 Dr. Neidermeyer was selected as one of the 2011 West Virginia University Foundation’s Outstanding Teaching Award winners and has received college, departmental, and student teaching honors several times during her career at WVU. 

 As part of her academic and professional service, Dr. Neidermeyer has been actively involved in training entrepreneurs in Malawi, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, New York, West Virginia and Bulgaria focusing primarily on micro-businesses benefitting women.  Over the past fifteen years, she has taken students on multiple trips abroad to assist with these trainings.  Her focus led to the development of a not-for-profit organization dedicated to combating poverty in the US and Africa, and continuing work serving as a consultant to another non-governmental organization in South Africa. 

 Dr. Neidermeyer’s research focuses on the intersection of gender and auditing.  Her recent articles include ones concentrating on various gender differences in fraud, the gendered punishment rates for infractions committed within the practice of accounting, and negotiation strategies for auditors. She has co-edited a book on Work-Life Balance, and co-written one on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa.  She recently completed the Women’s Leadership Initiative Training for Energy Leadership and the ADVANCE Initiative training in Implicit Bias.

 The recipient of the Mary Catherine Buswell Award receives a $500 gift to be used for travel, supplies, salary supplement, or any other use commensurate with WVU policies, and is recognized during the WVU Weekend of Honors.