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Lansford Honored for Excellence in Teaching

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has presented Benjamin Lansford, clinical assistant professor of accounting and director of the Integrated Master of Accounting program, with this year’s Fred Brand Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
June 26, 2013

Benjamin Lansford
Benjamin Lansford

The Penn State Smeal College of Business has presented Benjamin Lansford, clinical assistant professor of accounting and director of the Integrated Master of Accounting program, with this year’s Fred Brand Jr. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Lansford came to Smeal in 2010 after serving on the faculty of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina, an MBA in finance from the University of Pittsburgh, and a doctorate in accounting from Penn State.

Faculty are nominated for the Brand Award by their academic departments. Students then offer their support of the nominees, with a selection committee of past honorees and student representatives selecting the recipients.

The award is named in honor of 1932 Penn State graduate Fred Brand Jr. Brand was a successful insurance executive who spent much of this career with Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Company. He died in 1998.

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