Kellogg World Alumni Magazine Summer 2010

Petersen honored by alumni

  Mitchell Petersen Photo © Callie Lipkin

Finance Professor Mitchell A. Petersen was honored by Kellogg alumni in May as the 2010 Alumni Professor of the Year.

The annual award recognizes the professor who has had the most influence over the professional lives of alumni and is determined by a survey of those returning to campus for Reunion.

It is not the first teaching award for Petersen, who joined the Kellogg faculty in 1994. The Glen Vasel Professor of Finance is a seven-time winner of the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award, the 2000 recipient of the L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, and a 2008 winner of the Executive MBA Program Outstanding Teaching Award.

But Petersen noted that the alumni honor is unique because it recognizes professors whose teaching has stood the test of time.

'Whether you were in the classroom three years ago or 30 years ago, one of the best tests of whether we did a good job is, do you remember and use the concepts, and are they valuable?' Petersen said as he accepted the award. 'If you remember us as faculty on top of it, we are eternally grateful.'

Petersen is also the chair of the Kellogg Finance Department and director of the Heizer Center for Private Equity and Venture Capital.

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