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UIS faculty member named National City Distinguished Professor in Banking and Finance

November 13, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Richard J. Judd, a longtime business professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named The National City Distinguished Professor in Banking and Finance.  During an investiture ceremony at UIS, Dr. Judd received the honor from Dr. Ron McNeil, Dean of the College of Business and Management, and UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

"As our strategic plan carries us into the future, it is occasions like this one – the investiture of one of our distinguished professors – that will assure our success in realizing our vision of being a premier public university offering innovative, high-quality liberal arts education, public affairs activities, and professional programs," said Chancellor Ringeisen.

Richard Judd, professor of Business Administration and interim director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Management, was invested as National City Bank Distinguished Professor at UIS in a ceremony held on campus in late October.

Pictured at the investiture are (left to right): Julie Kellner; National City Community Advisory Board member William Kellner; U of I President B. Joseph White; National City Regional President John Stinson; Judd; UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen; Business and Management Dean Ronald McNeil; and UIS Provost Harry Berman.

During more than 25 years at UIS, Dr. Judd has taught a wide range of business classes, from entrepreneurship and small business management to franchising and business strategy. He encouraged his students to put their classroom knowledge into action by engaging teams of his students to assist area businesses.

In addition, he established and was director of the Small Business Institute and developed a handbook for other directors around the nation.  He chaired the Business Administration Department, was an associate dean, budget officer for academic affairs, and dean of the business school. He now serves as director of the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business and Management.

Chancellor Ringeisen and Dean McNeil thanked the leadership of National City Bank for its generosity in providing the funds for the endowed professorship, which was the first that UIS had ever received.  "The leadership of National City Bank demonstrated by this endowment their belief and confidence in this institution," Ringeisen said. "They understand that you cannot have a great community without a great university, and you cannot have a great university without a great community."

John Stinson, regional president of National City in Springfield, was present for the investiture. William Kellner, Jake Jakowsky, and Cliff Greenwalt, all members of the National City Community Advisory Board, were credited with making the endowment happen.

Investiture as a named professor is one of the highest honors that a faculty member can receive.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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