Trinity University Names Two Endowed Chairs in Business Administration

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Susie P. Gonzalez
susie.gonzalez@trinity.edu
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Aug. 29, 2012

Trinity University Names Two Endowed Chairs in Business Administration


Professors will focus on corporate finance and accounting programs


SAN ANTONIO - A husband and wife known for excellence in teaching have joined the Trinity University department of business administration as endowed chairs in the areas of corporate finance and accounting.

L. Paige Fields has been named the Dick and Peggy Prassel Professor of Business Administration and will teach corporate finance and guide Trinity's Student Managed Fund, which represents $3 million of the University's endowment. Michael Wilkins is the new Jesse H. Jones Professor of Business Administration and will teach undergraduate financial accounting as well as graduate courses in business ethics and accounting theory.

Both professors recently held distinguished faculty positions at Texas A&M University. Fields is stepping into the professorship held by Phil Cooley, who retired in May. Wilkins is taking the post previously occupied by Bob Jensen, who retired in 2006.

Fields received her doctorate from the University of South Carolina and her bachelor's and master's degrees from Louisiana State University.  Before joining the Trinity faculty she taught at the University of Kentucky, the University of Arizona, and Texas A&M University. Fields has published widely in the areas of corporate governance, capital structure, banking, and insurance. She received numerous awards for teaching excellence while at Texas A&M, including the Academy of Finance Teaching Excellence Award and two Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Awards. She also was twice named a Mays Faculty Fellow for Teaching Innovation.

Experiential education is important to Fields, and she incorporates self-developed case materials into her classes so that students can tackle "real world" problems.  In her classes, students experience the joy and frustration that come from hands-on learning. Fields adds, "It is important for students to learn that there are times when there are only reasonable assumptions rather than 'right' answers."  

Wilkins received his doctorate from the University of Arizona and his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kentucky. He was most recently the PricewaterhouseCoopers Teaching Excellence Professor of Accounting at Texas A&M, where he published extensively in the fields of auditing and capital markets. He received numerous awards for excellence in teaching during his 17 years at Texas A&M, including the Mays Business School Faculty Fellowship for Teaching Innovation, the Academic Inspiration Award, and the Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award.

"Accounting has broad application across all areas of business," he said. "Virtually all of Trinity's graduate students in Accounting have job offers in hand a full year before they finish the program. That is a claim that not many disciplines can make, particularly in this economy."