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FAU Names Kenan Evren Chair in Turkish Studies Professorship for 2010

               BOCA RATON, FL (April 16, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s 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 2010 semester for the third consecutive year.    

As part of the fellowship, Samli will teach a graduate course titled, “Globalization from the Bottom Up.” There are six graduate lectures as part of this course, including “Globalization, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” on Tuesday, May 11; “Exercises in Evaluating Market Opportunities,” on Thursday, May 20; “Exercises in Identifying Entrepreneurial Characteristics,” on Thursday, May 27; “Entrepreneurial Opportunities, Personal Characteristics,” on Tuesday, June 8;  “Partnerships, Alliances and Networks,” on Tuesday, June 15; and “Entrepreneurship in Ataturk’s Turkey and Today,” on Thursday, June 17.  All lectures will take place from 6:30 to 9:40 p.m. in FAU’s College of Education, Room 124, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

            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. Currently, Samli is a research professor of marketing and international business at the Coggin College of Business at the University of North Florida.

            With generous support from the government of the Republic of Turkey, initial private funding for the chair was obtained by Suheyla Gencsoy in 2002. She was an FAU Foundation board member and president of the Fort Lauderdale-based Turkish American Business, Education and Cultural Development Committee (TABEC). Gencsoy died in April 2008.  This endowment, valued at $1 million with state matching gifts, helps link FAU to one of the fastest growing super-economies in Mediterranean Southern Europe. It also promotes 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, filled on a rotating basis, serves 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 engages 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 Kim Gramm at 561-297-3628 or  


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