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Fogelman College Awards Three Palmer Professorships

For release: September 29, 2011
For press information, contact Dr. Thomas Miller, 901-678-4563

The University of Memphis has named three faculty members as Suzanne Downs Palmer Professors for academic year 2011-12. Now in its ninth year, the awards program recognizes individual faculty contributions to achieving the mission of the Fogelman College of Business & Economics. Awards can be given in three categories: teaching, research and service.  Dean Rajiv Grover presented each recipient a recognition plaque and $10,000.

Dr. Emin Babakus
Dr. Emin Babakus
Dr. Emin Babakus, professor of marketing and supply chain management, received a Palmer Professorship for teaching. He was recognized for his excellent evaluations by students and his success at teaching difficult courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Charles A. Pierce
Dr. Charles A. Pierce
Dr. Charles A. Pierce, professor of management, was named a Palmer Professor for his research and for his sustained and exemplary scholarship, with three papers in A+ journals and seven in A journals within the last three years.

Dr. Albert Okunade
Dr. Albert Okunade
Dr. Albert Okunade, professor of economics, received a Palmer Award for his extraordinary service contributions to the FCBE student honors program and for his long record of contributions in service roles to the department, college, and University, as well as to the economics profession.

The professorships were established by a $400,000 gift to the Fogelman College by University of Memphis alumnus Dan Palmer in memory of his wife and in appreciation for the education he received at the University.

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