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Bolton named as 2020-21 recipient of Penn State Smeal Faculty RISE Above Award

July 8, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Smeal College of Business Director of Honor and Integrity Michelle Darnell has announced that Lisa Bolton has been selected as the 2020-21 academic year recipient of the Faculty RISE Above Award. 

Bolton is a professor of marketing and a Frank and Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow. 

The RISE Above Award honors faculty members for their commitment to advancing Smeal’s goals of promoting honor and integrity. The commitment can be demonstrated through any combination of teaching, research or service-related activities. 

“I’m honored to receive the RISE Above honor and integrity award. I feel very fortunate to have parents who raised me with strong values — so in a lot of ways I think this award is really for them. One of the things they taught me is that the little things do matter and can add up to say a lot about who we are as a person, and I strive to follow their example,” Bolton said. 

“I also think it’s easier to do the right thing when you’re surrounded by other people who do the same — so I’m grateful to work in a community like Smeal. Thanks to the wonderful staff, students and alumni who have supported me over the years and who make Smeal such a great place to work!” 

Bolton’s work related to honor and integrity was reviewed by a selection committee and ultimately recognized as exemplary and deserving of recognition. 

“Commitment to honor and integrity plays a critical role in Smeal’s efforts to be one of the very best business schools in the world. Faculty are integral in achieving our related goals through their contributions to extraordinary education, impactful research and service,” Darnell said. 

Past winners of the Faculty RISE Above Award include:

  • 2020: Charlene Zeitsma, associate professor of management and organization and Dean’s Research Fellow
  • 2019: Nancy McClure, instructor, accounting
  • 2018: Jen Eury, assistant clinical professor, management and organization
  • 2017: David Cather, clinical professor, risk management
  • 2016: Ron Johnson, senior instructor, management and organization
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