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Peecher named academic director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society


August 19, 2014

Mark E. Peecher was named academic director of the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society this summer. He holds the Deloitte Professorship in Accountancy at College of Business, specializing in behavioral auditing and financial accounting research, and has a courtesy appointment with the College of Law. 

“The Center sought a partner with a strong academic research reputation to intensify outreach to faculty at the University,” said Gretchen Winter, executive director of the Center. “Mark is that person, and I’m thrilled to work with him.”

As academic director, Mark will help increase faculty engagement with the aim of recognizing and boosting faculty high quality research related to professional responsibility, speaking opportunities, and interprofessional collaboration across the University, as well as the attraction and retention of outstanding faculty. He’ll also help position the College of Business as the founding thought leader and academic hub of professional responsibility and its role in organizational decision making.

“Mark has achieved a sustained record of excellence in research, teaching, and service at the University,” Joe Mahoney, professor of business administration and Caterpillar Chair of Business, remarked. “His knowledge of financial-statement auditing, behavioral, and psychological accounting research makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Center. He’s the right person for this strategic priority of the College of Business.”

Larry DeBrock, Josef and Margot Lakonishok Endowed Dean of the College of Business, added, “As a professor, Mark makes an incredibly positive impact on the College through innovative teaching, graduate mentoring, and student engagement. I’m certain that he’ll make a powerful impact in his new role at the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society as well.”

After earning three accountancy degrees from Illinois, Mark joined the faculty at the University of Washington before returning to his alma mater. In the American Accounting Association, Mark has served as the Audit Section’s president and currently is serving on the Pathways Commission. His business-press writings have appeared on and in The Wall Street Journal, and his academic articles have appeared in Accounting, Organizations and SocietyAuditing: A Journal of Practice and TheoryContemporary Accounting Research; International Journal of AuditingJournal of Accounting Research; Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes; and The Accounting Review. He has presented his work at numerous venues, has served as an editor for Accounting, Organizations, and Society; and is serving as an editor at The Accounting Review. Mark enjoys teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. He particularly likes supervising doctoral students, four of whom have won outstanding dissertation awards.

Congratulations to Mark on this exciting new role!

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