FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  Date: October 22, 2001

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS faculty member named University Scholar

SPRINGFIELD – Robert Wright, associate professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield, has been named University Scholar for 2001-2002.  Wright is one of 14 faculty members chosen for the award that honors and rewards outstanding teachers and scholars on the three University of Illinois campuses. He is the only recipient from UIS this year.

As a University Scholar, Wright will receive $10,000 a year for three years to support research and other scholarly activities.

Wright, who came to UIS in 1991, is actively involved in the academic development of his students, a pursuit he describes as both essential and rewarding. “I believe that students like to be challenged,” he says, “and they respond very positively by producing high quality output. I try to challenge my students to perform at a level higher than they think they are capable of. They are typically surprised at what they can accomplish.”

Wright is a top scholar in the area of the predictive ability of the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test). His research in teaching and learning includes the areas of discovery, integration, application, and the scholarship of teaching. His examination into student views of education, marketing of education, and student evaluations of the service of education have brought a rigorous analysis to the entire topic of marketing a college education. In accordance with his view that faculty should be teacher/scholars, Wright integrates his own research into his classes as much as possible.

In the past 10 years, Wright has had 16 articles published or accepted for publication in leading journals in the fields of small business strategy, nonprofit and public-sector marketing, business education, and higher education and he has become sought-after as a resource for fellow academics.

Wright is a member of national academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi and national business academic honor society Beta Gamma Sigma. He received the UIS Distinguished

Service Award in 1993. He holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His Ph.D. in Marketing is from Indiana University.

The University Scholars program was inaugurated in 1985 when the U of I Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary. The program=s purpose, then and now, is to strengthen the University in meeting today=s challenges and tomorrow=s promise. Faculty do not apply for this award; they are nominated by their peers. A committee of senior faculty make the final selections.