As a result, he is on the long list for the award and may be one of four finalists invited to London for a live global teach-off.
Longenecker was one of two professors from the United States to make the top 10, besting nominees from other prestigious business schools, including Harvard, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Cornell, Pennsylvania (Wharton), Virginia (Darden), Northwestern and Stanford.
“It is wonderful recognition for the UT College of Business and Innovation to be represented in the top 10, especially given the global competition,” Longenecker said. “Our students and faculty know this is a great institution, and now other business schools and organizations around the world have an opportunity to learn more about what we do and how well we do it.
“This was a very competitive process against some of the best business school professors in the world, and I am very appreciative that our university, students and alumni base were actively engaged in the selection process. I want to thank all those who participated in the process and let people know that this has been a very humbling and rewarding experience. I feel very fortunate and honored to be eligible for the teach-off in London on
a world stage to spread the word about the College of Business and Innovation and The University of Toledo,” he said.
The award, presented by The Economist and sponsored by Hult International Business School, was created to find and recognize the best business professor in the world.
Longenecker was nominated by some of his former students. Go to businessprofessoraward.com and click on his photo to read comments posted by some of his students.
The UT graduate and former Rocket football player 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.
For the teach-off, four professors 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, and at the end viewers will vote, and the winner will be announced live and receive the title of Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year as well as $100,000.