David Szymanski, marketing professor and director of the Center for Retailing Studies, has been appointed to the J.C. Penney Chair in Retailing Studies.

The criteria for this chair include scholarly research and teaching excellence in retailing and marketing areas, demonstrated leadership in service to the retailing discipline and strong evidence for continued excellence in research, teaching and service.

“David’s distinguished work in the retailing area and leadership of our Center for Retailing Studies are well known throughout the world,” says Dean Jerry Strawser. “I am very pleased that his efforts are being recognized in this very tangible and significant manner.”