William Woods University has hired three new faculty members. They are: Brenda Popp of Jefferson City, Robert Sappington of Columbia and Shane Webb of Fulton.
Popp comes to William Woods from Lincoln University, where she taught financial management, personal finance and essentials of investments. The new instructor in business administration received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration at Lincoln.
She owned and managed Popp’s Catering, Inc., for 16 years and has been co-owner of Popp’s Farms since 1976. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Lincoln University in 1991.
Active in community affairs, Popp has served on the Cole County and City of Jefferson strategic planning committee, as well as the board and fundraising committee of Samaritan Center.
Sappington is a new assistant professor of computer information science at WWU. He is also the president and owner of PC Help Inc., which provides consulting and support services for the central Missouri business community.
He earned a bachelor of science in business administration and a master of science in computer science from the University of Missouri. He worked at MU for 10 years, serving as programmer analyst II, senior systems programmer, Unix system administrator and email systems manager.
Webb is a new assistant professor of biology. For the last three years, he has been at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he was a postdoctoral research fellow studying genetic differentiation, sexual selection and the evolution and speciation of goodeid fishes.
He has taught ichthyology (animal diversity) at the University of St. Andrews and served three terms as curatorial assistant in the division of fishes at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.
Webb attended the University of California at Riverside, where he received his B.S. in biology. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Michigan.