Lansford honored for excellence in teaching

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- 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 master of business administration 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 Co. He died in 1998.

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Last Updated September 10, 2013