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January 25, 2016 - "Critical thinking helps managers work through problems" featured in The Arizona Republic

Chris discusses how intelligence, knowledge, and skills can be used to carefully explore situations and arrive at thoughtful conclusions based on reason and evidence. This process, known as critical thinking, provides individuals with the tools to make better decisions as managers and helps find the best solution for each situation when dealing with real-world challenges.

Click here to read the full article at The Arizona Republic

December 14, 2015 - "Your mindset can be a competitive advantage in business, life" featured in The Arizona Republic

Chris discusses the differences between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. In a fixed mindset, people perceive their talents and abilities as set traits. On the other hand, in a growth mindset, people believe that their abilities can be developed through dedication, effort and hard work. He goes on to explain how having a growth mindset can lead to more success and happiness.

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October 16, 2013 - "Dr. Christopher P. Neck, Life Certified Smart Person" featured on

"There are professors and then there is Chris Neck. There are fitness enthusiasts, and then there is Chris Neck. There is the average Joe, and then there's our newest Certified Smart Person, Dr. Christopher P. Neck, Associate Professor of Management at Arizona State University!"

Click here to read the article at Zevia's blog

You can also check out Chris' "Certified Smart Person" profile at Stevia's main site.

September 25, 2013 - "RateMyProfessors Creates List of Colleges With Most Beloved Professors" featured on

Chris discussed with CityTownInfo how enthusiasm and charisma affects student attention in the classroom. He also noted that he doesn't put much stock into ratings systems like, despite having an average 'A' rating on the site.

Click here to read the article at CityTownInfo

September 9, 2013 - "Sept. 11 remembrances still take many forms" By Laura Petrecca, USA TODAY

Chris spoke with USA TODAY about how commemorates and remembers the events of September 11, 2001. Chris was running on a treadmill and watching television when the attacks occurred. He marks the anniversary by running 10 miles on a treadmill.

Click here to read the article at USA TODAY

August 15, 2010 - Medicine for the Mind featured on

Chris' book Medicine fo the Mind has recently been featured on the widely-read website The website follows the story of tri-athlete Marc Rubin, who went transformed himself from being overweight and out of shape in 2003 to an Ironman World Championship qualifier in 2009. Rubin recently suggested that "Everyone should get a copy of Dr. Neck's book."

Click here to read Rubin's references to Medicine for the Mind

June 27, 2009 - "Tech let a great teacher get away" By Todd Denen (featured The Roanoke Times Letters to the Editor)

In a letter to the editor, a former Arizona State University student voices his opinion about Chris Neck's departure from Virginia Tech and his return to Arizona State University.

Click here and then scroll down to view the letter (it is the third letter from the top)

May 09, 2009 - "News of Neck's Departure Creates Stir Among Students, Alumni" By Brian Bartley (featured on

"He is featured on YouTube for his unconventional, yet widely popular in-class rap session. He has shared the stage with CEO's, NFL players, and even Bill Clinton's Secretary of Commerce. He has authored five books and has had over 80 articles published in scholarly journals.

This is the kind of resume you may think any university would hope for in a business professor--unless you're Virginia Tech."

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May 04, 2009 - "Letter: Tech loses valuable professor" By Ryan Lilly (featured in The Collegiate Times)

"It was with great disdain that I read the article 'After tenure battle, Neck moves on' (CT, May 1) in Friday's Collegiate Times. Having taken Christopher Neck's Management Theory and Leadership Practice course last fall, I feel completely bewildered as to why the College of Business would deny tenure to and treat so poorly one of the best professors this university has ever had."

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April 26, 2009 - "Beamer, Others, Deliver Rousing Talk On Legendary Challenges" By Laura Sposato (featured on

"Enter Sandman blared from the speakers while the crowd was standing, anxiously awaiting the arrival of Virginia Tech head football coach, Frank Beamer, to the stage of room 64 in the Graduate Life Center.

On Saturday, Beamer joined Christopher Neck, who holds a doctorate in management, and Eddie Royal, current Denver Broncos and former Virginia Tech wide receiver, as participants in the Legendary Challenge seminar."

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April 25, 2009 - VT Coach Beamer teaches leadership both on and off the field (WDBJ7)

Chris was featured alongside Virginia Tech Head Football Coach, Frank Beamer, and NFL Denver Bronco, Eddie Royal on WDBJ7 News. The three teamed up to lead the Legendary Challenge seminar before Virginia Tech's annual Spring Game. The seminar focused on ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

Click here to view the segment on the VIDEO page.

April 2, 2009 - Favorite faculty awards to be given next week; by Kelsey Heiter (Featured in The Collegiate Times)

Chris is interviewed in this article as a recipient of a favorite faculty award given by the Alumni Associated, as selected by the students. Chris is quoted as saying that this is the teaching award he values the most, because, "There is no one that knows more about what you are doing in the classroom than the students."

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October 3, 2008 - Frank Beamer teaches leadership to Virginia Tech students (WDBJ7)

Chris and Virginia Tech Head Football Coach, Frank Beamer, were featured on WDBJ7 News. Coach Beamer teamed up with Chris to help provide hand-ons leadership experience to his Management Theory and Business Practice course. Coach Beamer discussed his seven principles of leadership to the class and emphasized the importance of fun, honesty, and togetherness as applied to successful teamwork.

Click here to view the segment on the VIDEO page.

September 19, 2008 - Happy Q & A: Can You Find Job Happiness in a Bad Economy? (Featured on Project: Happily Ever After)

Best-selling author Alisa Bowman interviews Chris Neck for her "Happy Q & A" column on her website, Project: Happily Ever After. The interview focuses on career change in during uncertain economic times.

Click here to read the entire article at Project: Happily Ever After

September 03, 2008 - Subway Spokesman to Visit Blacksburg School (Featured in The Roanoke Times)

"Veggie- and turkey-sub-loving students in Blacksburg will get a chance to meet a television celebrity -- and healthful eating guru -- Friday. Jared Fogle, the weight-loss posterboy and spokesman for Subway, will visit Margaret Beeks Elementary School at 2 p.m. for a schoolwide assembly.

Fogle regularly tours schools to talk with students about proper eating habits. He also will visit a Virginia Tech class taught by Beek's PTO president, Chris Neck, who is also an associated professor in management at Tech."

Click here to read the entire article at The Roanoke Times Online

August 17, 2008 - A Leadership Seminar from Tech's Sidelines (Featured in The Roanoke Times)

"Legendary Teams is a six-hour program featuring two Virginia Tech leaders known to thousands of students and alums alike -- Beamer and management professor Chris Neck...The program by Neck, named by Business Week as one of the nation's top business professors in 2007, will cover the pros and cons of the five dominant leadership styles."

Click here to read the entire article at The Roanoke Times Online

April 18, 2008 - The Season Returns to Virginia Tech (Featured on ABC-13 News)

Chris and the band, The Season, were featured on ABC-13 News. Chris invited The Season to perform in his Management Theory and Business Practice course and to discuss how teamwork has helped the band become successful in the music industry. Two of the band members are former Virginia Tech students, and lead singer, Kurtis Parks, is one of Chris' former students. The band's song, Forever Changed, focuses on the events that occurred on April 16, 2007 at Virginia Tech and all proceeds from the song continue to be donated to families of the victims.

Click here to view the segment on the VIDEO page.

April 3, 2008 - Legendary Teams Press Release

"Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer and Virginia Tech management professor Christopher Neck have something in common—they both play to sellout crowds. Those who want to learn from either one will no longer wait in line. Cooperative Leadership Institute has launched Legendary Teams, an on-line leadership certificate program uniting Hokies' Coach Frank Beamer with Dr. Christopher Neck, a 2007 BusinessWeek favorite professor of business undergraduates."

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April 2, 2008 - Coach Beamer and Chris Neck Team Up for Leadership Class (Featured on WDBJ7 News)

Chris and Virginia Tech Head Football Coach, Frank Beamer, were featured on Roanoke's WDBJ7 News. The news story focuses on Chris and Coach Beamer teaming up for the Fall 2008 Management Theory and Leadership Practices course at Virginia Tech. The feature includes interview segments with both Chris and Coach Beamer, as well as footage of Chris in the classroom environment.

Click here to view the segment on the VIDEO page.

March 27, 2008 - Frank Beamer to assist with management lecture; by Caleb Fleming (Featured in The Collegiate Times)

"In his 14 years at Virginia Tech, management professor Christopher Neck has earned a reputation for his unconventional teaching. Neck has now managed to make his course for the fall of 2008 even more appealing to students, soliciting the help of Tech head football coach Frank Beamer."

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October 18, 2007 - Neck's Creativity Motivated by Passion for Teaching Others; by Amy Guzewicz (Featured in The Collegiate Times)

"Christopher Neck is an associate professor of management theory and leadership practice at Virginia Tech. With a Ph.D. in management from Arizona State University, he is able to find many ways to incorporate music into his lessons. As featured in BusinessWeek, Neck has won numerous awards, with his most recent being the students' favorite professor. This award has led him to become a YouTube star..."

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September 04, 2007 - "As Seen on YouTube: Virginia Tech Favorite" by Kristen Fiani (Featured on

Chris was selected to be part of BusinessWeek's "Favortie Professors" feature as their Virginia Tech selection! "Professor Christopher Neck takes an unconventional approach to teaching management theory: He uses music and personal stories..."

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March 15, 2007 - "From Supporters, Words to Play By" by Tim Dwyer (Featured in The Washington Post, Page B06)

He has been called Virginia Tech's secret weapon: Professor Chris Neck, seven times named teacher of the year by students since he began at Tech in 1994. He has met with the basketball team eight times this season to deliver motivational speeches...

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March 2007 - "Dr. Christopher Neck '82 Motivates Thousands by Example" by Jennifer J. Rouse (Featured in The Bear Facts II, Vol 25, No. 3, Page 7)

Discipline, good attitude, public speaking and writing are four skills Dr. Christopher Neck '82 claims he learned while at Catholic High School and believes these skills are the keys to his present success. Neck has combined these attributes to develop the self-confidence he needed to inspire and motivate others.

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February 25, 2007 - Viriginia Tech Sports Today

Chris Neck was featured on the February 25 episode of Virginia Tech Sports Today. This episode included a segment on how Chris has served as a motivational speaker for the Virginia Tech Basketball Team. The segment features footage previously aired on WDBJ7 News along with new footage including an introduction by the "Voice of the Virginia Tech Hokies", Bill Roth.

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February 19, 2007 - "Management Has Never Been So Much Fun" by Suzanne Higgs (featured on

Doing the Wave? Seeing a band perform? Can this really be a class? It is if you enroll in Professor Christopher Neck's Management 3304 Theory and Leadership Practice class. Neck is unlike any other professor you'll find on campus with classes of 1000 students in Burruss Auditorium in the fall, and over 500 in McBryde100 during the spring semester. This class may be one of the most enjoyable experiences you'll encounter on campus.

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February 19, 2007 - "3-Point Shots" by Jay Bilas (featured on

Jay Bilas discusses Virginia Tech's basketball program in his contribution to "3-Point Shots" for the week. In his evaluation of Tech's performance this season, he mentions the use of a "motivational speaker". The motivational speaker in question is, of course...none other than Chris Neck!

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February 16, 2007 - "Motivational speaker pumps up Virginia Tech's basketball team" (featured on WDBJ7 News)

Coach Seth Greenberg has done something this season that he's never done before. He's called in a motivational speaker. Chris Neck is the secret weapon. He is a management professor at Virginia Tech. When he's not in the classroom, you can find him in the locker room. He's talked to the team a total of eight times throughout the season.

Click here to view the entire feature on the VIDEO page.

January 30, 2007 - "Paging Dr. Neck" by Mark Berman (featured in The Roanoke Times)

Virginia Tech men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg has gotten an assist from a Tech management professor. Greenberg has brought in Chris Neck to speak to his players a handful of times this season. He has also given his players copies of one of Neck's books, "Medicine for the Mind." Neck, who teaches the psychology of management, sent him the book after his son attended Greenberg's summer camp.

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November 21, 2006 - "Professors Caught on YouTube" by Scott Carlson (featured at

...not all of the funniest videos are of professors behaving badly or strangely. Christopher P. Neck, associate professor of management, sent a rhyme out to all his homies at Virginia Tech: "My name is known all over the world by all the men, the women, boys, and girls. I'm going down in history as the coolest professor you ever did see."

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October 3, 2006 - "Cheetah Bars in the Classroom" (featured at

Cheetah Bar logoAsk a few professors about holding the interest of a class of forty college students and they'll tell you what a challenge it can be. Ask Dr. Chris Neck how he consistently holds the attention of over 1,000 college students for three straight hours in his weekly "Management Theory and Leadership Practice" class, and his response will likely include the words "positive," "energy" and "Cheetah bars."

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