A group of educators and students from the University of Zambia visited Mays Business School on May 14. It was a reciprocal visit after a group of 15 Regents’ Scholars visited the southern African nation in the summer of 2014. Phillips 66 sponsored that two-week trip.

Mays lecturer Henry Musoma (left) and Associate Dean Marty Loudder (center) hosted the group. It was the first visit to America for Patricia Mwila Sakala, acting manager of international link office; Lastone Trywell Zgambo, dean of students; Martin Nundwe, vice president of the University of Zambia Student Union (Unzasu); and Chinyama Jack Simasiuj, Unzasu academic affairs secretary.

Zambia friends

Catagories: Faculty, Mays Business, Students, Texas A&M

Medal of Excellence

Namesake Martha L. “Marty” Loudder is associate dean, Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence and PricewaterhouseCooper Teaching Excellence Professor of Accounting. She is a Mays Teaching Fellow and has received teaching awards from the accounting honor fraternity, the Association of Former Students and the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Students participate in high-impact learning experiences at Mays Business School and who commit to the practice of reflective, integrative learning can qualify for the medal. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements are awarded an engraved Mays Business School medal to be worn at graduation.

All Mays undergraduate students are invited to pursue this Medal of Excellence, which honors academic achievement as evidenced by engagement and reflection. Requirements for the medal begin with the Freshman Business Initiative (FBI), and culminate with a well-developed web-based portfolio. Other options include participation in case competitions, Startup Aggieland, Titans of Investing and Research Scholars.

The experiences that satisfy Medal of Excellence requirements facilitate rich learning that promotes student success and retention. This is essential to meet not only Texas A&M University’s goal of graduating integrative, lifelong learners, but also to achieve the stated mission of Mays Business School to develop ethical leaders for a global society.

Nancy Simpson, Mays Teaching Fellow and director of Undergraduate Special Programs, called the Medal of Excellence “the embodiment of Marty Loudder’s legacy: a legacy of whole-person education, innovation in undergraduate teaching and learning, and a personal commitment to each and every undergraduate who walks through the halls of Wehner.” Simpson added, “It has long been Marty’s vision that ‘Mays students are educated, not just trained.’”

“From the time she created FBI until now, Marty has worked for, talked about and supported an integrated educational experience,” Simpson said. “The undergraduate experience she has helped to shape results in graduates who are skilled in our seven core competencies, and who are multi-dimensional, interesting people, able to have intelligent conversations about everything from current events to sports to the arts.”

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

2015 recipients

2015 recipients

Catagories: Business Honors, Faculty, Mays Business

Friends, family, colleagues and students surrounded Leonard Berry, a University Distinguished Professor of Marketing, on April 24 when he was given Mays Business School’s second Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship.

During the recognition program, Interim Dean Ricky Griffin presented Berry with a plaque recognizing his “sustained and outstanding scholarly contributions at the highest standards of achievement in innovation and achievement in scholarship.” The Lifetime Achievement Award has a rigorous selection process beginning with faculty nominations. The Mays Research Council and the Mays Executive Committee then reviewed nominees and made their recommendations to Griffin, who confirmed Berry’s selection.

“There is no award more special than one that comes from your peers and one that comes from those who know you best,” Berry said before beginning his talk, “Learning to Write, Writing to Learn, and Other Lessons from an Academic Life.”

Berry joined the Texas A&M University marketing department January of 1982 and said he considers it his “perfect academic home.” He emphasized the importance of teaming up with the right people who share similar values, a strong work ethic and a strong love for service marketing.

Berry founded the Center for Retailing Studies and served as its director through 2000. He is the University Distinguished Professor of marketing, a Regents professor, the M.B. Zale chair in retailing and marketing leadership and the presidential professor for teaching excellence. He has received Texas A&M’s Distinguished Achievement Award in Research twice (1996 and 2008) and the Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching in 1990.

“I’ve been here 33 years and have worked with five deans, including Ricky Griffin,” he said. “And our next dean, Eli Jones, was my student. That shows you how things come full circle.”

In 2001, Berry embarked on a new journey into the world of healthcare, serving as a visiting scientist at Mayo Clinic to conduct an in-depth research study of healthcare service. He said he went in with three main goals: to improve the patient experience, to improve health and to limit waste. His research culminated in a book he co-wrote, “Management Lessons from Mayo Clinic: Inside One of the World’s Most Admired Service Organizations.”

Now Berry is ascending to what he believes is the toughest stretch of his career, as he studies cancer service and works to improve the patient experience. He said dozens of interviews with patients, caregivers and health professionals have taught him that a cancer diagnosis is an emotional as well as a physical one.

“Healthcare is a tough and complex area, but what an opportunity I have ­- to champion for the consumer,” Berry said. “I am no longer a rookie. I can do good. I can feel it in my bones.”

Berry concluded his speech by offering three lessons he has learned in his academic life: Find your passion, work on important problems and persevere. “I’ve got the word ‘Perseverance’ on a sticky note at the bottom of my computer monitor at home,” he said. “It’s been there for years. It is a great reminder, and it urges me to keep going.”

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,900 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

Catagories: Faculty, Mays Business

Leonard Berry 2015

Marketing Professor Leonard Berry has been selected for the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship – the highest award given to a faculty member at Mays Business School. The selection process consisted of faculty nominations, reviews and recommendations by the Mays Research Council, the Mays Executive Committee and a final decision by Interim Dean Ricky Griffin.

The Mays Executive Committee instituted the award in 2014 to recognize “sustained and outstanding scholarly contributions by Mays faculty who are considered pioneers in their field.” It is awarded only when one or more nominees possess credentials that meet the highest standards of achievement in innovation and achievement in scholarship.

“By helping found the research domains of services marketing and service quality, by pioneering scholarly inquiry into the now-foundational concept of relationship marketing, and by making important contributions to the study of healthcare service, Dr. Berry has demonstrated his rich scholarly credentials for the honor of the Mays Business School Lifetime Achievement Award for Research and Scholarship,” Berry’s colleagues, fellow Mays marketing Professors P. Rajan Varadarajan, Venkatesh Shankar and Mark B. Houston, wrote in their faculty recommendation.

Currently, Berry holds the titles of University Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Regents Professor and a Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence. He is also the original holder of the M.B. Zale Chair in Retailing and Marketing Leadership and Founding Director of the Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M University. Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, Mass.

He has been the author of more than 185 articles and book chapters. His books have been, “commercially successful and consistently praised,” over his 45-year career. They have also been translated into multiple languages.

“Readers of his articles and books remark about how they are inspired by his discussions of the need for humane organizational values, social profit, generosity and volunteerism,” his colleagues said.

His contributions will be honored at Mays on April 24, with a breakfast reception followed by a presentation of his accomplishments and further remarks. Those who know him assert that, despite earning the Lifetime Achievement Award, Berry’s work is far from finished.

“Len Berry is a visionary scholar whose research in marketing, services marketing, service quality, relationship marketing, and healthcare service continues to positively impact scholarly research, business education and practice, as well as the quality of life of many,” said Houston, the marketing department head.

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

Catagories: Faculty

Varadarajan-Rajan

The American Marketing Association (AMA) has announced Mays Business School Professor Rajan Varadarajan as the recipient of the 2015 AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award. He is a University Distinguished Professor and Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Regents Professor, holder of the Ford Chair in Marketing and E-Commerce at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School. He is also a self-proclaimed “student for life.”

He will be presented with the award at the 2015 Winter Marketing Educators’ Conference in February.

With an exceptional record of service to the AMA, Varadarajan served as editor of the Journal of Marketing, has chaired multiple AMA conferences and currently is the AMA Vice President for Publications. He serves on the editorial review board of numerous journals, including the Journal of MarketingJournal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Journal of International Marketing. Varadarajan refers to these roles as a way to provide service to the marketing profession as well as “an opportunity to be tutored by hundreds of leading scholars from all over the world on leading edge substantive issues in marketing, philosophy of science related issues and the research process.” He cites the volunteer roles that he has held over the years as “greatly beneficial” to him, “an opportunity for learning, and in turn, [to] become a better teacher and researcher.”

Varadarajan’s primary interests are in marketing strategy, innovation, international marketing and environmental sustainability. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and made more than 200 presentations at international conferences, doctoral and faculty consortia, universities and other forums.

Mark Houston, head of the Department of Marketing at Mays, called the award “the highest honor in our field.” He said the selection, based on career contributions, is based upon “the total package – not just a high count of top-tier publications and citations.” He added:
“In short, the winners are scholars whose contributions have helped shape the field, through research, as well as through mentoring and service to the discipline and to the public. Rajan, a true scholar and gentleman, is a wonderful exemplar of the kind of scholar this award was created to celebrate.”

Varadarajan has received nine industry honors and awards, including the AMA Paul D. Converse Award for contributions to the field of marketing (2008) and the AMA Marketing Strategy Special Interest Group’s Vijay Mahajan Award for Lifetime Contributions to Marketing Strategy (2003). He said he is eager to add The AMA/Irwin/McGraw-Hill Distinguished Marketing Educator Award to the list, referring to it as “the pinnacle of awards” and commenting that he is “honored and humbled to have been selected for this prestigious award.”

The award honors living marketing educators for distinguished service and outstanding contributions in marketing education. Recipients must have notable careers with accomplishments across research, teaching and mentoring, public service, creativity and innovation, service to the marketing profession and administration. Honorees must be universally acknowledged as a long-standing leader in marketing education, and must have made extensive contributions to marketing education and the marketing discipline in general.

Upon receiving the award, Varadarajan will join such marketing luminaries as fellow Mays professor Leonard Berry and George Day, Paul Green, Philip Kotler, Don Lehmann, Leigh McAlister, Louis Stern and Valarie Zeithaml.

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

ABOUT THE AMERICAN MARKETING ASSOCIATION
With a global network of more than 30,000 members, the American Marketing Association (AMA) serves as one of the largest marketing associations in the world. The AMA is the leading professional association for marketers and academics involved in the practice, teaching, and study of marketing worldwide. Members of the AMA count on the association to be their most credible marketing resource, helping them to establish valuable professional connections and stay relevant in the industry with knowledge, training and tools to enhance lifelong learning.

 

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Marketing Professor Leonard Berry was inducted into the Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Outstanding Doctoral Alumni Award. He is a Regents Professor at Texas A&M University who received a PhD from ASU’s business school in 1968.

Joining Berry at the Oct. 30 induction were technology mavens Brian Gentile and Chuck Robel. Gentile is a leader in “big data” and cloud computing who recently built and served as CEO of Jaspersoft Corporation. His tech career spans almost 30 years and major global companies, including Apple, Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle) and NCR Corporation.

Robel, who served as chairman of the board of McAfee, one of the world’s best-known computer-security software companies, prior to its multibillion-dollar sale to Intel. He now serves on the boards of directors of Go Daddy, Jive Software and several other public and private companies.

Previous inductees come from such diverse organizations as the American Red Cross, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Motorola, Wells Fargo Bank and XM Satellite Radio.

“The new honorees have all blazed a trail in their respective fields, making a difference in their professions, their community and society as a whole,” says Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business. “They also set a great example for our current students that there are no limits on how far they can go in their own career paths.”

Berry, a distinguished professor and well-known author, has devoted his career to studying the marketing and quality of services, with a recent focus on how to improve health care service. He has written 10 books and done extensive work with the Mayo Clinic. He is currently examining how to improve the service experience of cancer patients and their families. Berry has received countless major academic awards and is both a fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science and a past national president of the American Marketing Association. He is a member of several boards of directors, including Lowe’s, Genesco and Nemours Children’s Health System

W. P. CAREY SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the top-ranked and largest business schools in the United States. The school is internationally regarded for its research productivity and its distinguished faculty members, including a Nobel Prize winner. Students come from about 100 countries and include about 50 National Merit Scholars.

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

Catagories: Faculty, Mays Business

At Mays Business School, our outstanding faculty are consistently recognized for their research and teaching accomplishments. This year, we welcome 13 new faculty members.

Mark Houston has joined the Department of Marketing as department head, professor and the Blue Bell Creameries Chair in Business. Houston is the inaugural holder of the chair, which was created in 2009.

Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Houston served on the faculties of Texas Christian University (chaired full professor), University of Missouri (endowed professorship), Saint Louis University and Bowling Green State University.

Houston said he was attracted to Mays because of its reputation as a college that encourages research, and he looks forward to working with PhD students again.

“Also, it is a great opportunity to be a part of a nice community and to lead a group of great colleagues,” he said. “I am looking forward to it.”

Christa Bouwman has joined the Department of Finance as an associate professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, she served the faculty of Case Western Reserve University as an associate professor of Banking and Finance.

Bouwman received a master’s degree in Economics and Business from the University of Groningen — the Netherlands, an MBA from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Her research is empirical and focuses on Financial Intermediation and Corporate Finance. She was a visiting professor at MIT Sloan’s School of Management, and is currently an Associate Editor of two journals (the Review of Finance and the Journal of Banking and Finance), a Research Associate at the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Boston, and a Fellow of the Wharton Financial Institutions Center.

Cindy Zapata has joined the Department of Management as an associate professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Zapata served the faculty of Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of Management.

Zapata received both her PhD and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Florida.

Her research interests include organizational justice and trust, supervisor-employee relationships and personality and individual differences.

Yan Liu has joined the Department of Finance as an assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Liu was a PhD student at Duke University.

Liu’s current research focuses on empirical asset pricing and information bounds.

David R. Skeie has joined the Department of Finance as an assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Skeie worked in New York as a senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank.

Skeie received his PhD in economics from Princeton University. His primary fields of interest are in financial intermediation, macro-finance and financial stability.

Jeff Yu has joined the Department of Accounting as an assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he served the faculty of Southern Methodist University as an assistant professor of accounting.

Yu received both a master’s degree and a PhD from The Ohio State University.

His research focuses on empirical capital markets in financial accounting and areas of specialization include debt contracting, information intermediaries and economic effects of financial reporting and disclosure.

Tim Torno has joined the Department of Accounting as an executive professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Torno served the faculty of the University of Dallas as an adjunct professor of Accounting.

Torno received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Ed C. White has joined the Department of Finance as an executive professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, he served the faculty of Bowling Green State University-Ohio as an executive-in-residence. White received an MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Prior to joining academia, White was a Senior Vice President and the Chief Financial Officer of Owens-Illinois, Inc. (NYSE: OI) for seven years until his retirement in 2012. During his 38-year career with OI, White worked in a variety of management roles across finance, manufacturing and marketing. His international experiences included senior management positions as an expatriate in Finland, Poland, France and Switzerland. He also served in the United States Army.

Andre Araujo has joined the Department of Information and Operations Management as a clinical assistant professor. He received a PhD from the University of Oklahoma.

Bilal Erturk has joined the Department of Finance as a visiting assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Erturk served on the faculty of Oklahoma State University as an assistant professor of Finance.

Erturk graduated from Bilkent University in Ankara Turkey with an industrial engineering degree. He earned a PhD in finance from Texas A&M.

Marco Rossi has joined the Department of Finance as a visiting assistant professor. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Rossi served the faculty of The University of Notre Dame as an assistant professor of finance.

Rossi obtained a PhD in Finance from the Pennsylvania State University. Before joining academia, Rossi spent approximately one year working full time on a currency options desk for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (of the Allianz group) in London.

Morgan Moore has joined the Accounting Department as a lecturer. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Moore worked for Ernst & Young in Houston as a CPA.

Moore received a bachelor’s degree from TCU and a master’s degree from the University of Texas-Austin.

Kristopher Muir has joined the Undergraduate Special Programs Office as a lecturer. Prior to joining Texas A&M, Muir served the faculty of Woodward Academy as a Spanish instructor.

Muir received a bachelor’s degree from University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a master’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Doctorate of Education from Walden University. His goal is to design meaningful work at the intersection of learning, innovation and technology.

Catagories: Faculty, Staff

Nate Sharp

Nate Sharp, an associate professor of Accounting and a Mays Research Fellow, has
just been awarded the 2014 Best Paper Award for the journal Behavioral Research in Accounting.

His paper, published in 2011 and titled “Reconciling archival and experimental
research: Does internal audit contribution affect the external audit fee?” was chosen
by the Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Publication’s Committee. The annual
award considers papers published during the past three years and recognizes
the publication with the greatest impact or potential impact on behavioral and
organizational research in accounting.

Sharp teaches intermediate accounting and conducts research in the areas of
financial reporting, financial misconduct and financial analysts. Along with
Behavioral Research in Accounting, Sharp’s research has been published in several
other leading scholarly journals including The Accounting Review, Review of
Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons and
Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL

Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 students
in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing
and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public
business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for
faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and
developing ethical leaders for a global society.

Catagories: Faculty

Mays Business School professors Venkatesh Shankar, Duane Ireland and Mike Hitt have been recognized among the most frequently cited economics and business researchers. All three were selected as 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers.

Inclusion on the list is based on having the most articles cited in the top 1 percent of their field between 2002 and 2012. In other words, the lists feature authors whose published work in their specialty areas has consistently been judged by peers to be of particular significance and utility.

Shankar is the Coleman Chair in Marketing at Mays. Ireland and Hitt are both University Distinguished Professors in Management. Ireland is the Conn Chair in New Ventures Leadership and president of the Academy of Management. Hitt is the Joe B. Foster ’56 Chair in Business Leadership.

Seven other professors on the list are from Texas A&M University, in the disciplines of agricultural sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering and mathematics.

Catagories: Faculty, Staff

McDaniel SEC 2014 Faculty Achievement Award

Stephen McDaniel ’71, professor of Marketing at Mays Business School, is Texas A&M University’s recipient of the SEC 2014 Faculty Achievement Award.

The recipients from all 14 SEC university members were announced by the league office Wednesday. The annual awards recognize faculty members who demonstrate outstanding records of teaching, research and scholarship. To be eligible for the SEC Faculty Achievement Award, a professor must be a teacher or scholar at an SEC university; have achieved the rank of full professor at an SEC university; have a record of extraordinary teaching; and a record of scholarship that is recognized nationally and/or internationally.

McDaniel is the director of the Master of Science in Marketing Program, director of the Marketing Study Abroad Program and advisor for Marketing Cooperative Education students. Additionally, he serves as Faculty Advisor for the Masters Marketing Association, Freedom Ministries (Upstream Bible Study) and Breakaway Ministries. Since arriving at Texas A&M in 1980 he has been honored with several awards, including the Texas A&M University Bush Excellence Award for International Teaching in 2012 and the Mays Business School Service Excellence Award in 2011.

“The 2014 SEC Faculty Achievement Award winners are some of our nation’s most accomplished instructors, researchers and scholars,” said Jay Gogue, president of Auburn University and President of the Southeastern Conference. “It is my great pleasure to preside over an intercollegiate athletics conference that not only recognizes their work, but strives to support it as well.”

“We are certainly proud of Professor McDaniel,” said Mays Dean Jerry Strawser. “He is the type of faculty member whose impact on our students lasts long after their graduation from Texas A&M University. His commitment to students, both during his classes and as they begin their professional careers, is truly extraordinary.”

Each SEC Faculty Achievement Award winner receives a $5,000 honorarium from the Southeastern Conference and becomes his or her university’s nominee for the SEC Professor of the Year Award. That recipient, to be named later this month, receives an additional $15,000 honorarium and will be recognized at the SEC Spring Meetings in May and the SEC Symposium in September.

SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said, “These 14 professors positively represent the breadth and depth of education in the Southeastern Conference, and I want to congratulate each of them. The commitment to their students, universities and communities is truly commendable.”

Selected by a committee of SEC Provosts, the SEC Faculty Achievement Awards and the SEC Professor of the Year Award are part of SECU, the academic initiative of the Southeastern Conference that sponsors, supports and promotes collaborative higher education programs and activities involving administrators, faculty and students at its 14 member universities.

ABOUT MAYS BUSINESS SCHOOL
Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School educates more than 5,600 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its undergraduate and MBA programs, and for faculty research. The mission of Mays Business School is creating knowledge and developing ethical leaders for a global society.

Catagories: Faculty