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Mays Business School recognizes EY as 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year

Dorian Martin, March 22nd, 2018

Mays Business School recognized global leader EY as its 2018 Corporate Partner of the Year during a day-long celebration on March 22. Corporate executives participated in an official award ceremony. They also gave presentations and led roundtable discussions with Mays undergraduate and graduate students on topics ranging from creating an engaged corporate culture, supporting employees, disruptive technology, and the professional of the future.

The Corporate Partner of the Year award honors EY’s 35-year relationship with Mays. “Some people think this award is about the money, but it’s not,” said Mays Dean Eli Jones ’82. “It’s because of EY’s significant investment of time, energy, and ideas in our school. Just having the EY brand associated with the Mays brand means a lot worldwide.”

A meaningful corporate partnership

EY has contributed $5 million to the school and recently made a $2 million commitment to name the Department of Accounting.  “EY has been the largest donor to the accounting program and one of the largest to the college,” said Jim Benjamin, the head of Mays’ Department of Accounting.

In addition, EY leaders have been active on numerous Mays advisory boards and provided feedback on curriculum and course content. The multinational professional services firm also has hired hundreds of Aggies for internships and full- time positions after graduation. “Part of the success of our program is attracting great students,” Benjamin said. “Great students are interested in programs where there are great outcomes – where there are internships, jobs and great career opportunities. Corporate partnerships like the one we have with EY have made that happen.”

A pipeline for the next generation of transformational leaders

In turn, EY executives value the characteristics that Aggies bring to the table. “When Aggies come to work with us, they are well-trained, which you’d expect,” Randy Cain ’82, EY’s vice chair and region managing partner. “But they also are transformational leaders. They are people with a work ethic that is second to none. Our purpose is to build a better working world and I often say that I cannot find a place that better matches that then Texas A&M. It’s been a wonderful 35-year journey and one that will continue forever. It is also a partnership that is very important to us.”



Mays faculty were recently honored for outstanding teaching and research at the fall faculty/staff meeting.

Three Mays faculty members received the Association of Former Students Teaching Award, presented by Kelli Hutka, director of campus programs. Receiving awards this year are (from left) Michael R. Kinney, associate accounting professor; Peter L. Rodriguez, assistant management professor; and Mike S. Wilkins, associate accounting professor.

Executive Associate Dean Dr. Ricky Griffin (on left) presented Mays Award for Outstanding Research to Dr. David Szymanksi, marketing professor and director of the Center for Retailing Studies.

Management Professor Dr. Jing Zhou also received Mays Award for Outstanding Research, presented by Griffin.
Mays MBA Director Dan Robertson (far right) and MBA Association President Chris Fox (center) presented Management Professor Dr. Asghar Zardkoohi the MBA Distinguished Core Faculty Award. MBA students vote on and present the award to a Mays faculty member each year.

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Due to recent corporate events, the accounting profession has come under the scrutinizing eye of the public and the government. In response, the Center for Continuous Auditing (CCA) has teamed up with the Department of Accounting and the Professional Program to host a lecture series addressing the current issues facing the corporate world.

Accounting Professor Marty Loudder believes this series is the school’s chance to address today’s tough issues. “Business schools have been strangely quiet about what’s going on, and it’s our chance to speak out about it,” she says.

The lecture series is bringing in high-caliber executives from across the country, such as Jim Hooton, retired partner from Andersen and Steve Ledbetter, chairman, president and CEO of Reliant Energy.

CCA Director Don Warren says he believes the lecture series will shed light on the challenges and opportunities in the accounting industry. “The time is right. People in the marketplace are driving this program,” he says. “They want to have these issues addressed.”

While this is the inaugural series, Warren hopes the CCA can work with the Professional Program and its director, Dr. Austin Daily, to sponsor a similar series each year — helping industry execs, faculty and students stay abreast of such a rapidly changing marketplace. “Next year, the lectures might be dealing with the different changes the profession has undergone,” he says.

The lectures take place every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Wehner Building’s Ray Auditorium through Nov. 21.

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Dr. Dan Robertson will step down from his post as Mays MBA Program director at the end of this academic year. Having served in the position for almost three years, Dr. Dan (as he is so fondly known in the school) will return to the marketing faculty.

Assuming the position of director will be Carroll Scherer, who is currently the program’s assistant director of alumni and external relations. She joined Mays after 21 years of experience in human resource management with organizations such as Occidental Petroleum, SYSCO Foods, Compaq, AIM Management Group and Duke Energy.

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The latest round of rankings has hit the newsstands. In U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of “Best Undergraduate Business Programs,” the Mays program was ranked 30th out of 148 programs. The publication determines its rankings by surveying officials at undergrad programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. B-school deans and senior faculty are also surveyed.

In the Wall Street Journal’s 2002 MBA rankings, the Mays MBA Program was named to second tier of schools. To determine the rankings, the publication surveyed approximately 2,200 corporate recruiters, who rated b-schools on 26 attributes.

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Connecting academia with the corporate world is a primary goal for the college’s Center for Human Resource Management. To shed light on the latest in human resource management research, the center sponsored Breakfast Briefing events in Dallas and Houston this summer.

According to Director Bethany Champ, these briefings gave faculty members in the Department of Management the chance to present their latest research on different aspects of salary negotiations. Management faculty taking part in the series were:

Dr. Christopher Porter discussed the effects of salary negotiations on recruitment — specifically that fairness in the negotiation process is important to organizational entry.

Dr. Michael Wesson, who researches organizational behavior, presented his findings on the impact of the salary negotiation process on new employees.

Dr. Wendy Boswell addressed how the negotiation process affects organizational alignment. Specifically, she discussed employees who were using job searches in order to gain leverage with their current employers to renegotiate salary.

“We want to share faculty research with companies,” Champ says. “We also try to work with companies to find out what they would like to know more about.”

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No matter how much equity executives own in their organization, company performance isn’t affected, says a new paper co-authored by assistant management professor, Trevis Certo.

The paper was the subject of a recent New York Times article (“Options Do Not Raise Performance, Study Finds”) and notes that the paper combines more than 200 studies from the past 30 years.

Certo authored the paper with colleagues Dan R. Dalton, dean of Indiana University School of Business and Cathryn M. Daily and Rungpen Roengpitya, who are both professors at Indiana.

Certo recently presented the paper at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting. In addition, a version of it will appear in an upcoming issue of the Academy of Management Journal.

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Accounting professor L. Murphy Smith recently received the Outstanding Educator Award given by the Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies Section of the American Accounting Association.

The award recognizes his many contributions to the accounting field. Smith has authored more than 40 technology-related journal articles and eight technology-oriented books. In addition, he has written two educational novels that introduce students to current issues such as e-commerce, global trade, expert systems and computer crime.

“I want my students to be informed of the latest developments in technology,” he says, “and to be able to use technology to make superior contributions in the firms where they go to work after graduation.”

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Former doctoral student, Kathy Seiders, was recently interviewed on “60 Minutes” about retailer Malden Mills. Seiders is an associate professor of marketing at Babson College, where she focuses on retailing strategy, consumer shopping behavior, food marketing and service quality.

While at the Mays College, Seiders was affiliated with the Center for Retailing Studies. Her research has appeared in numerous academic journals and has been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Inc. Magazine and USA Today.

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A team of researchers from the Department of Marketing was recently honored at the 2002 American Marketing Association Summer Educator’s Conference. The team members included marketing professor David Szymanski, doctoral student Michael Kroff and former doctoral student Lisa Troy.

Their paper, “Does Product Innovativeness Really Enhance Performance?” was selected as the Best Overall Paper at the annual event. The paper was chosen by a panel comprised of the executive director of the Marketing Science Institute, a former editor of the Journal of Consumer Research and the current editor of the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management from among 12 winning papers presented at the conference.

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In the wake of corporate scandals and a struggling market, European businesses’ love-hate relationship with America continues. At least that’s the analysis of finance professor Julian Gaspar, who serves as the director of the college’s Center for International Business Studies.

While teaching in France this summer, Gaspar observed that even though Europeans continue to hold fast to international accounting standards, they would like to implement corporate governance structures more like those found in America.

“Although current events may exert some negative influence on Europe’s opinions of U.S. business, Europeans’ basic business approach has been the same for some time,” Gaspar says. “European businessmen and politicians are edging closer to the American approach, trying to adapt the good things we do, but not accepting our system lock, stock and barrel.”

In the aftermath of U.S. business failures, Gaspar says the focus is now directed to the differences in accounting systems, disclosure and transparency.

“As globalization increases, the United States will most likely move toward international accounting principles, a step that would facilitate international comparisons,” he says.

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