Sunday, December 04, 2011
On December 2nd we installed three faculty as
endowed chairs and professors. Saluting
these faculty in this way allows us to recognize their excellent work in the
Carl Obermiller was installed as the third holder of the
George Albers Professorship of Business.
Carl teaches courses in marketing and social issues, marketing metrics,
and new product development. He has been
a driving force behind our sustainability specialization in the MBA program and
now serves as co-chair of SU’s Sustainability Committee. He has produced high quality scholarship,
publishing in such highly regarded journals as the Journal of Marketing
Research, the Journal of Consumer Behavior, the Journal of
Business Research, and the Journal of Advertising. At the ceremony, Carl commented that his
latest research was on “Do consumers really listen to marketers?” Great question!
The Albers family was a generous supporter of SU and the
Albers School, and to honor that support our school was named the Albers School
in the early 1970’s. In 2001, we
received a generous endowment from the estate of Genevieve Albers which
supports the Albers Professorships (and other activities in the school). George Albers was Genevieve’s father and a
successful business man who established a successful food processing business
that was sold to Carnation, which was then bought by Nestlé. The Albers brand is still used today by Nestlé
for corn meal and grits!
Chips Chipalkatti was installed as the fourteenth holder of
the Robert D. O’Brien Endowed Chair in Business. Chips teaches in the areas of financial
accounting and accounting for intangible assets. He has been instrumental in the development
of our business valuation program. Chips
has been a very successful scholar, with publications in the Journal of
Accounting Research, Journal of International AccountingResearch,
the CPA Journal and the International Journal of Financial Services
Management. In his remarks, Chips
noted he is busy organizing a business valuation conference in Seattle in late
Robert O’Brien served on SU’s Board of Regents from 1963 to
1971 and then was a founding member of the SU Board of Trustees from 1971 to
1999. He is given major credit for
helping SU through the financial difficulties it experienced in the 1970’s. He had a lengthy career at Kenworth Motor
Truck from 1943 to 1958 and then PACCAR beginning in 1958, retiring as Chairman
Jot Yau was installed as the second holder of the Dr. Khalil
Dibee Endowed Chair in Finance. The
chair was established with a generous donation from Gary Brinson to honor Dr.
Dibee, who was a teacher and mentor to Brinson while he was a student at
SU. Brinson went on to a legendary career
in the investment industry, but never forgot the support he received from Dr.
Jot teaches primarily in the areas of investments, portfolio
management, and hedge funds. He has
guided many students to pursue a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
designation. Jot has been a dedicated
scholar, publishing in journals such as the Journal of International
Business Studies, Journal of Futures Markets, Financial Analysts
Journal, and the Journal of Alternative Investments. He has also published two books, including
one on socially responsible investing.
In this remarks, Jot noted that one thing he wanted to accomplish as the
endowed chair was to strengthen our ties with Seattle’s finance community.
Khalil Dibee retired from our faculty in 1994 after nearly
30 years of teaching at SU. He was known
for his rigorous classes and commitment to academic excellence. Jot Yau, Chips
Chipalkatti, and Carl Obermiller are carrying on that legacy of academic rigor
and commitment to excellence! We are
blessed to have them as colleagues!