UNH Whittemore School Awards
Contact: Lori Wright
UNH Media Relations
Oct. 21, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Four professors with the Whittemore School of Business
and Economics have been awarded professorships in recognition of
their substantial contributions to the business school.
“The decision on these awards was made after considering input
from faculty, carefully reviewing donor wishes, funding uses and
consulting with department chairs and others. It was an extremely
difficult decision because of the few number of professorships available
and the many outstanding faculty who were deserving of the awards,”
said Steve Bolander, dean of the Whittemore School.
Ross Gittell, professor of management, has been awarded the James
R. Carter Professorship in Management. Gittell received his Ph.D.
from Harvard University, M.B.A. from University of California at
Berkeley, and A.B in Economics from the University of Chicago.
In 2002 Gittell received UNH’s Excellence in Public Service
award and in 2004 was named Outstanding Associate Professor.
Gittell is the author of two books, Renewing Cities (Princeton University
Press, 1993) and Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as
a Development Strategy (with Avis Vidal, Sage Publications, 1998).
He has published in numerous academic journals including the New
England Economic Review, Economic Development Quarterly, Journal
of Policy Analysis and Management, Regional Studies, National Civic
Review and Journal of Entrepreneurial and Small Business Finance.
John Becker-Blease, and Stephen Ciccone, assistant professors of
finance, have been awarded a dual appointment to the Reginald G.
Atkins Professorship in support of the new Atkins Strategic Investment
Center and investment group.
Becker-Blease received a Ph.D. in finance from the University
of Oregon, bachelors degrees in history from the University of New
Hampshire and in finance and insurance from the University of Florida.
In 2004, he received the Whittemore School Teaching Excellence Award.
His areas of research interest are corporate governance, capital
structure, and entrepreneurial finance. Ongoing projects include
an examination of the relation between antitakeover provisions,
state antitakeover laws, and shareholders’ wealth and an investigation
of the price increase associated with firms’ addition to the
S&P 500 Index.
Ciccone obtained his Ph.D. in finance from Florida State University.
He studied accounting at the University of Florida where he received
bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He is a Certified Public
Accountant and prior to entering academia, he worked for Arthur
Andersen, LLP as an auditor.
He has taught courses in financial management, investments, and
derivative securities. His research interests include stock return
anomalies, international corporate governance, and analyst forecast
He has published in a number of academic journals including Managerial
Finance, the Journal of Behavioral Finance, the Journal of Asset
Management, Accounting Enquiries, and the Journal of Research in
Udo Schlentrich, associate professor of hospitality management and
director of the William Rosenberg International Center of Franchising,
has been awarded the Rosenberg Chair of Franchising and Entrepreneurship
in support of Rosenberg Center activities.
Schlentrich is a graduate of the Lausanne Hotel Management School
in Switzerland, Cornell University, and holds his Ph.D. from Strathclyde
His primary areas of research lie in the investigation and theoretical
modeling of the key drivers of customer loyalty and franchising
research. He is a member of the International Franchise Association’s
Education Board and was also a founding member of the Scottish Tourism
Research Unit, which advises UK and international government bodies
and financial institutions on tourism planning and infrastructure
development. His teaching focus lies in the areas of strategic management,
international hospitality finance and development, and convention