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

Zhi Tang, Ph.D., has been a prolific researcher, most recently in various areas of entrepreneurship. He has published nine journal articles in the past three years, including several in top journals. He also served as a Graduate Program Director and led the revision of the STEM-designated MS Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (TIME) program. Professor Tang plans to continue publishing with colleagues across the world, including at RIT.


Rong Yang, Ph.D., has become a highly-regarded researcher in financial accounting and corporate social responsibility, with five top Journal publications, in just the past three years. Professor Yang is also currently serving as a Graduate Program Director for accounting programs and led the revision of the STEM-designated MS Accounting & Analytics program. She plans to continue publishing with colleagues at RIT and actively remain engaged with the top professional organizations in accounting.


The Benjamin Forman Professorship for Collaborative Research

Victor Perotti, Ph.D., 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. He has developed strong relationships with RIT’s Sponsored Research Services, Government and Community Relations, Corporate Relations, and Foundation Relations teams through this work. Professor Perotti plans to continue creating cross-college research programs and facilitating research opportunities with Saunders College and RIT faculty through business, industry, government, and the public sector.

Benjamin Forman Professor for Collaborative Research

J. Warren McClure Research Professorship in Marketing

Raj Murthy, Ph.D., is an active business consultant. His research is tied to his experience and teaching interests in quantitative analytics, research methods, and branding. Professor Murthy has also been actively engaged in working with faculty and students from across RIT on the commercialization potential of research, including in imaging science. As McClure Professor for Marketing, Professor Murthy has organized distinguished lectures and engaged in multiple national and regional media outlets.

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 and Associate Professor

The Madelon and Richard Rosett Professorship for Research

Hao Zhang, Ph.D., 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 three “Elite” and four “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), Professor Zhang 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 three 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