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Current Issue: November 3, 2003
Volume 39, Number 8

ASM awards professorships
Ackerman, Logsdon selected for endowed positions

By Steve Carr


Adjunct Professor John Ackerman and Professor Jeanne Logsdon are the recipients of the Jack and Donna Rust Endowed Professorships in Business Ethics at the Anderson Schools of Management (ASM), announced Dean Howard Smith.

The professorships provide an initial contribution of $1 million and will be nearly matched by the State of New Mexico through Senate Bill 14, the Endowment for University Excellence, amounting to an additional $600,000.

The two professorships cover a five-year period.

“The action taken by the Rusts speaks loudly to the schools’ dedication to teaching ethics to students before they leave the University,” Ackerman said. “One of the Rusts messages to us is to continue and expand the teaching of ethics. We have an established track record in ethics education, both in the public and private sectors, and their support will enable us to continue to build upon that success.”

“The teaching of ethics is an ongoing process,” Logsdon said. “The schools have been teaching required courses in ethical and responsible business behavior since the mid-1970s. The professorships add more breadth and visibility to this commitment.”

Logsdon received the academic-liaison to community professorship, which will include serving businesses needing assistance with ethical issues and business planning; mentoring students and student teams providing assistance to New Mexico businesses; participating in UNM’s Freshman Learning Community initiatives either by designing a course and or teaching one each year, and more.

“It’s a challenge to figure out the best way to serve local business needs and to try and figure out what best suits their needs,” Logsdon said. “We’ll conduct lectures and workshops and other activities and identify those that are the most meaningful to the business community.”

Ackerman received the practitioner professorship and his focus will be managing the schools’ link with the business community; teaching courses with a practical orientation while enhancing existing curriculum; cultivating a series of executive speaker seminars; participating in UNM’s Freshman Learning Community initiatives, and more.

Logsdon has been on faculty at ASM since 1989 and is editor of Business & Society, a top academic journal in the business field. She conducts research on topics related to corporate social performance.

Ackerman joined ASM in 1997 as an adjunct/visiting professor. He has served on numerous committees and boards and is the retired president and CEO of Public Service Company of New Mexico. He is chair emeritus of the Board of Public Service Company of New Mexico.

A third professorship, the Jack and Donna Rust Endowed Professorship in Biomedical Ethics, was awarded to the UNM Health Sciences Center Institute for Ethics.

Funds generated by the endowment will be used to address objectives critical to the institute’s mission.

Initiatives will include providing seminars and presentations.