A gift from Michael Mikhail, Dean of the University of Illinois Chicago College of Business Administration, aims to inspire and empower the college’s faculty and recognize the influence they have in shaping business knowledge and leadership.
The Mikhail Professorship will support an academic who has achieved success in research and demonstrated excellence in teaching and service.
It also contributes directly to IGNITE: The Campaign for UIC Business, which aims to redefine business education. Faculty funding is a key campaign priority for the college, the impact of which is a heightened academic profile and improved student success, according to Mikhail, who has previously supported scholarships and other college and university priorities aimed at student success.
“The Mikhail Professorship will attract and recognize the highest caliber of faculty scholars while promoting faculty diversity, which contributes to the well-rounded business education and career readiness we offer our UIC business students,” said Mikhail, who is also a professor of accounting. “It directly supports my vision, values and goals for the college and is a testament to my commitment to the bright future of UIC Business.”
Since Mikhail’s arrival in 2012, 65 percent of the college tenure system’s teaching staff have been hired. The Mikhail Professorship contributes to the years of investment in faculty and research excellence that have played a significant role in the college’s rise in rankings and student academic and professional achievement. According to US News & World Report, UIC Business has been ranked the #1 undergraduate business program in Chicago for seven of the last nine years (2013-2021).
“Almost ten years ago, Dean Mikhail joined UIC Business to guide us into the future and set us on a course to achieve the promise of our potential,” said Michael Kirschenheiter, UIC Professor and Head of Accounting. “Through his leadership, UIC Business has embarked on an ambitious journey that has enhanced our research profile, enhanced student experiences and strengthened our ties to the Chicago business community. His generous gift of a professorship is another sign of his passion and support for the UIC community.”
At the UIC College of Business Administration, specialist faculty provide hands-on training to meet the challenges of today’s business environment. UIC Business leverages a world-renowned research faculty, a strong connection to the Chicago business community and a 37,000-strong alumni network to provide a proven business education to more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students. Degree options include eight bachelor’s degrees, six specialized master’s degrees, an MBA, an online MBA and a PhD program.