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FAU Names Kenan Evren Chair  in Turkish Studies Professorship for 2009

                BOCA RATON, FL (May 11, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Barry Kaye College of Business has appointed Dr. A. Coskun Samli, a research professor of marketing and international business, to the Kenan Evren Chair in Turkish Studies Professorship for the Summer 2009 semester for the second consecutive year.     

As part of the fellowship, Samli will teach a graduate course, MAR6933, Adapting Organizations to Changing Markets. As part of the course there are six marketing graduate lectures that also are open to the general public. The lectures include: “Developing a Dynamic Marketing Strategy” on May 12; “Chaotic Pressures” on May 19; “Constructing a Learning Organization” on May 26; “The Drive to Innovate” on June 2; “Entrepreneurship: Domestic and International” on June 9; and “Research Explorations” on June 16. All lectures will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Fleming Hall, Room 211, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. Each lecture will cover areas in proactive behavior, market driven management, strategic planning, ambidextrous management, improvisation and entrepreneurship.

            “This important collaboration will provide faculty with stimulating research opportunities and students with invaluable academic experiences,” said J. Dennis Coates, dean of the College of Business.

            Samli received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and did post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago, New York University and the University of California – Los Angeles. A Fulbright distinguished lecturer, Samli has been a consultant to hundreds of firms, and published more than 250 scholarly articles and 20 books. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Academy of Marketing Science, and is the past president and Research Fellow of the International Society for Quality of Life Studies (ISQOLS). Samli also received the prestigious Harold Berkman Service Award from the Academy of Marketing Science in 2008.

            With generous support from the government of the Republic of Turkey, initial private funding for the Chair was obtained by Suheyla Gencsoy in 2002. Gencsoy died April 2008. She was an FAU Foundation Board member and president of the Fort Lauderdale based Turkish American Business, Education and Cultural Development Committee (TABEC). This position, valued at $1 million with state matching gifts, will help link FAU to one of the fastest growing super-economies in Mediterranean Southern Europe. It will also promote cooperation between Florida and Turkish businesses, while enhancing development in both regions and building solid friendships through mutually beneficial trade exchanges and investments.

            The Kenan Evren Chair, to be filled on a rotating basis, will serve the College of Business and its department of management, entrepreneurship and international business by introducing students to Turkey, its history and culture, and its vital role in the modern world. The distinguished Chair holder will engage in programs and activities that focus on international economic and business practices, particularly as they apply to the business communities of South Florida and Turkey.

            For more information about the Kenan Evren Chair in Turkish Studies Professorship, contact Dr. Neuman Pollack at 561-297-1316 or . To attend Dr. A. Coskun Samli’s graduate lectures, contact FAU’s department of marketing at 561-297-3036.


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