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Saunders College Distinguished Professorships

Distinguished Faculty Professorships encourage ongoing commitment to excellence, kindle intellectual vibrancy, elevate the standards of instruction, and enrich contributions to public service. They demonstrate professionalism, groundbreaking scholarship, exceptional instruction, and the breadth and significance of service contributions. 

Executive Education Professorships

Outstanding teacher-scholars engaged in teaching in Executive Education programs and supporting the Executive Education team to continue to drive the reputation of these programs.
Established: 2019
Held by:



The Benjamin Forman Professorship for Research

Dr. Palanski has been a prolific researcher in the area of leadership, publishing in top journals, as well as producing multiple book chapters and dozens of conference papers. He plans to continue publishing with Saunders College and RIT faculty , as well as colleagues across the world. He recently assumed the position of Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Ethics – a prestigious position at a top journal. Mike will also continue his recent efforts to collaborate with companies in the Rochester region in support of his research efforts.


The Benjamin Forman Professorship for Collaborative Research

Dr. Perotti has a demonstrated record of collaborative work across RIT with Simone Center, NTID, GCCIS, and COLA - with some of his work sponsored by NSF, the Knight Foundation, and SAP Corporation. Through this work, he has developed strong relationships with RIT’s Sponsored Research Services, Government and Community Relations, Corporate Relations and Foundation Relations teams. Vic plans to continue creating cross-college research programs and facilitating research opportunities, with Saunders College and RIT faculty, through support from business, industry, government and the public sector.

Benjamin Forman Professor for Collaborative Research

J. Warren McClure Research Professorship in Marketing

To perpetuate Mr. McClure’s professional interest in the field of marketing
Established: 1977
Donor: Mr. and Mrs. J. Warren McClure
Held by:

J. Warren McClure Professor of Marketing
Associate Professor

The Madelon and Richard Rosett Professorship for Research

Zhang has been incredibly successful as an empirical researcher in conducting high-quality research in finance and accounting. In just the past three years, he has produced 3 “Elite” and 4 “Top” journal publications – with a very healthy pipeline of more promising work. After spending a year on sabbatical working at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Hao plans to continue collaborating with colleagues there, in addition to working with colleagues at Saunders College. He also plans to submit several NSF grants over the next 3 years.


Daniel D. Tessoni Professorship in Accounting

To honor Daniel D. Tessoni for his teaching contributions and his lifelong impact on students
Established: 2015
Donor: Friends and Alumni of Dan Tessoni and the Saunders College of Business
Held by:

Daniel D. Tessoni Endowed Professor for Accounting