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Practice Makes Perfect

College of Business adds new Professor of Practice position

LCB with the UOAA

The Lundquist College of Business’ Professor of Practice program, which has already brought former Patagonia and Revolution Living CEO Michael Crooke to the UO, has added a new position thanks to a gift from Shirley ’53 and James Rippey ’53.

The search for the new Finance and Securities Analysis Center Professor of Practice will commence fall 2015.

“As we build on the success of our Avamere Professor of Practice Michael Crooke, we look to enhance our offerings to include professors of practice for each of our four centers of excellence,” said Lundquist College of Business Dean Kees de Kluyver. “This is an auspicious next step, and we are incredibly thankful for the Rippeys’ dedication to bolstering the academy with unmatched, real-world talent.”

The professorship brings accomplished, high-profile industry, government, or academic leaders to campus. Professor of Practice Crooke was the first such appointment at the UO serves in the position at our Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship. Crooke tapped his network to recruit speakers to share their expertise and illustrate core concepts in his Oregon Advanced Strategy course, which has been extremely well received by both students and industry leaders.

Along with their generous gift in support of a professor of practice, the Rippeys also established the James F. and Shirley J. Rippey Graduate Fellowship Fund, providing support for MBA students in perpetuity.