Business professor receives distinction from professional group
Georgia College business professor Dr. Douglas Goings was given a distinction only 18 other people in the world can claim.
The professor of business communications and information systems was named a Fellow of the International Information Management Association (IIMA).
“The designation is a reminder for me of what I've done so far in my career, sort of a gold watch to cause reflection on what I've accomplished and what I've yet to do,” said Goings.
His leadership in the field of information management, outstanding scholarship and distinguished service to the professional organization earned him the honor.
“Being named a Fellow of IIMA reflects positively on the long-term commitment Dr. Doug Goings has to both the service and knowledge generating aspects of academic life,” said Dr. Dale Young, interim dean of the J. Whitney Bunting College of Business. “Fellows serve the Association in a variety of roles, as well as regularly produce high quality, peer-reviewed journal publications.”
IIMA’s mission is to provide a unique blend of high-quality academic research combined with social interaction.
“Being involved in a professional organization like this gives members the opportunity to fine tune their papers and present research to other professors and professionals in the field,” said Goings.
Goings has been active in IIMA for 10 years, holding various leadership positions. Even with that service, he said he was surprised by the honor.
“No one knows who will be named a Fellow until the presentation,” said Goings. “When they called my name, it took my breath away. I was humbled.”
He is the second professor at Georgia College to be named a Fellow of the IIMA. The Chair of the Department of Information Systems & Computer Science, Dr. Tanya Goette, also has the distinction.
Goings earned his bachelor’s degree in business education from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and a master’s degree in school administration from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. A second master’s degree in information systems was earned from Georgia College. He also earned a doctorate in business education from Michigan State University in East Lansing.
“As I think about my childhood and early education in a swamp in Louisiana. How could I have imagined as a student in French Settlement High School that I would have traveled so far and been called upon to serve as I have in my career, when I didn’t know I would even have a career,” Goings said as he reflects on his recognition.