Three Terry College faculty members named to endowed professorships

Professors in accounting, marketing and legal studies awarded new appointments
Terry professorships
Terry professorships

Three University of Georgia professors were appointed in April to endowed professorships in the Terry College of Business.

Dean Ben Ayers announced the new faculty appointments in accounting, marketing and legal studies, following their approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents.

“These three members of our faculty have established impressive reputations for their scholarship and have been equally outstanding as teachers and servant leaders,” Ayers said. “We are very proud to recognize their hard work and dedication to the University of Georgia with these new faculty appointments.”

Frank Heflin, who was the Deloitte Endowed Faculty Fellow in the J.M. Tull School of Accounting, has been appointed to the James Don Edwards Chair in Corporate Accounting Policy.

The Edwards Chair was established in 1994 to recognize a longtime professor in the Tull School who had developed a preeminent reputation for teaching, research and public service in accounting education.

Heflin, who joined the Tull School faculty in 2016, studies corporate disclosures and financial reporting. Before coming to the University of Georgia, Heflin held faculty appointments at the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, Purdue University, Northwestern University and, more recently, as the EY Professor and chairman of the Accounting Department at Florida State University.

Son Lam, formerly a Terry Dean’s Advisory Council Distinguished Professor in the Department of Marketing, has been appointed to the Emily H. and Charles M. Tanner Jr. Chair in Sales Management.

The Tanner Chair in Sales Management was established in 1996 to provide supplemental support for a professor in marketing who is dedicated to the research of sales management and committed to teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Lam joined the Terry College faculty in 2009 as an authority on personal selling, sales management and internal marketing. Since then, he has been lauded for his research, earning Terry’s Outstanding Research Award and a Young Scholar award from the Marketing Science Institute, among other honors.

Marisa Pagnattaro, who serves as the university’s vice president for instruction and senior vice provost for academic planning, was named the I.W. Cousins Professor of Business Ethics.

The Cousins Professorship was endowed by the Cousins Foundation Inc. and named in memory of Isaac Williams Cousins Sr., who co-founded Cousins Properties and served as the company’s first CEO. Created in 1992, the professorship is meant to enrich the college’s program in ethics and to focus student attention on the impact of competitive market forces, governmental rulings, and personal values on the level of ethics in the business community.

Prior to her current position, Pagnattaro served as UGA’s vice provost for academic affairs. She also was associate dean for research and graduate programs at the Terry College until 2019, where she led strategic planning efforts related to research and graduate education, directed the college’s international programs and established and chaired its Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

Pagnattaro continues to teach in the Full-Time MBA program. Her scholarship focuses on international trade and business ethics. She is also the co-author of three books, including a widely used textbook, “The Legal and Regulatory Environment of Business.”