UT faculty member could become global business professor of the year

October 23, 2012 | Events, UToday, Business and Innovation
By Samantha Watson

Dr. Clint Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Business Excellence in the College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo, has been nominated to win the Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year.


The award, presented by The Economist publication and sponsored by Hult International Business School, was created to find and recognize the best business professor in the world. A group of Longenecker’s former students nominated him, and current and previous students can vote beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Longenecker, a graduate of UT, has been a faculty member here for more than 30 years. During his career, he has received more than 40 awards for his outstanding leadership, teaching, research and service to the community.

“Not only is he a great teacher, but he really cares about his students,” said Laura Brady, a UT graduate student and a former student of Longenecker. “He’s always available whenever students have problems in the classroom or in their personal life. He is always there to talk, give advice or help his students find jobs or internships.”

Longenecker has held seminars and lectures all over the world, teaching a variety of pupils. He has given lectures in Russia, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Barbados and Hungary, as well as delivered seminars to members of the United States military.

“What’s unique about Clint is his ability to connect with students,” said Trent Miller, a UT graduate student and another former student. “During my first class session with him last spring, he introduced himself to students and they introduced themselves to him as they entered the room. Within an hour and a half, he had everyone’s names memorized and knew something about them. This certainly gave me the impression that he was interested in more than the course material — his interest was in the people.”

Any student who has had or currently has Longenecker as a professor can vote by completing a form online at businessprofessoraward.com. Once a vote is cast, it must be verified via email before the deadline at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

The 10 professors who receive the most votes will make the list, along with five other professors selected by the judges so faculty at larger universities do not have an advantage. From these 15 professors, four will be chosen by the judges to compete in a live teach-off.

For the teach-off, the top four will be flown to London, where they will present a short lecture to a live classroom audience and online. The presentation will be on a topic of their choice; at the end, viewers will vote and the winner, who will receive the title of Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year as well as $100,000, will be announced live.

For more information on the award and to vote for Longenecker, visit businessprofessoraward.com.

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