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Carlson School of Management announces new chairs and professorships

Contacts: Quinn Borgstrom, Carlson School of Management,, (612) 626-5904
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/27/2010) —The Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota recently announced eight new appointments to professorships and two new appointments to chairs in recognition of the recipients’ excellence in research, teaching and service contributions, international reputation and evidence of impact. All but one appointment will go into effect on July 1, 2010. 

“Chairs and professorships are the highest honor we can present to our most valuable faculty members,” says Alison Davis-Blake, dean of the Carlson School of Management. “These named positions are truly reflective of the high quality of our faculty, and give us the ability to recruit and retain the best researchers who deliver at an outstanding level in the classroom, in professional service and in community outreach. The Carlson School is truly grateful to be home to these distinguished individuals.”
Through the generous efforts of the Carlson School’s Board of Overseers, two new professorships have been created, to which the following faculty members have been appointed:

·       Board of Overseers Professor of Information and Decision, associate professor Ravi Bapna (PhD, University of Connecticut ), Information and Decision Sciences.

·       Board of Overseers Professor of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, professor Michelle Duffy (PhD, University of Arkansas), Human Resources and Industrial Relations.

From other contributions:

·       Professor Rohini Ahluwalia (PhD, Ohio State University), Marketing and Logistics Management, is appointed the Curtis L. Carlson Trust Professor of Marketing.

The following faculty members were newly appointed to fill existing vacant chairs and professorships:

·       Professor Chris Nachtsheim (PhD, University of Minnesota), Operations and Management Sciences, is appointed the Frank Donaldson Chair in Operations Management.

·       Professor John Boyd (PhD, University of Pennsylvania), Finance, is appointed the Banking Industry of Minnesota Chair.

·       Associate professor Gedas Adomavicius (PhD, New York University), Information and Decision Sciences, is appointed the Carolyn I. Anderson Professor in Business Education Excellence.

·       Associate professor Zhaoyang Gu (PhD, Tulane University), Accounting, is appointed the Honeywell Professor of Accounting.

·       Associate professor Stephen Parente (PhD, Johns Hopkins University), Finance, is appointed the Minnesota Insurance Industry Professor of Health Finance and Insurance.

·       Associate professor Pervin Shroff (PhD, Columbia University), Accounting, is appointed the Carl L. Nelson Professor of Accounting.

·       Associate professor Kathleen Vohs (PhD, Dartmouth College), Marketing and Logistics Management, will also be appointed to a professorship. This appointment will go into effect in summer 2011, after the McKnight Presidential Fellowship she holds ends. At that time, the specific named position that professor Vohs will hold will be identified.

Carlson School chairs and professorships now number 35.

About the Carlson School of Management
Established in 1919 and based in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota is a recognized leader in business education and research. Its focus on experiential learning, international education and maintaining strong ties to the business community exemplify the school’s commitment to excellence. More information about the school can be found at

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