Dec. 8, 1994
Vol. 14, No. 8

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    Leftwich awarded GSB's McKinsey teaching prize

    Richard Leftwich, the Fuji Bank and Heller Professor in the Graduate School of Business, has been awarded the 1994 McKinsey Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    The award, which is funded by McKinsey and Company, includes an honorarium. Leftwich was selected by a committee of students in the GSB's full-time and part-time M.B.A. programs and the GSB Business Advisory Council, which is composed of chief executive officers and other senior executives of leading companies.

    "It's especially appropriate that Richard received this award in view of the consistently high standard of teaching he has achieved while at the GSB," said Robert Hamada, the Edward Eagle Brown Distinguished Service Professor and Dean of the GSB.

    "I am greatly honored to join the distinguished roster of McKinsey Award winners," Leftwich said. His basic premises in teaching, he said, are to challenge students to question conventional wisdom and to emphasize logical analysis over mere recall of facts.

    Teaching in the GSB makes it easier to be a successful teacher, he added. "One of the things I like about the GSB is the flexibility the faculty have to teach whatever they are interested in. In my case, this allows me to teach both accounting and finance, sometimes even within the same course," he said.

    Leftwich, who joined the Graduate School of Business in 1979, is Director of the Seminar on the Analysis of Security Prices. From 1985 to 1989, he was Director of the GSB's Center for Research in Security Prices. He teaches investments and strategic analysis of financial reporting, and in the summer of 1995 he will teach investments in the GSB's International Executive M.B.A. program in Barcelona, Spain.

    Leftwich received his bachelor of commerce degree in 1968 from the University of Queensland in Australia, his native country. He received his M.S. in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1980 from the University of Rochester.