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September 2009

Release Date: Sept. 14, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Makes First Endowed Chair Appointment in College of Business

Dr. Detelin S. Elenkov, professor of international management at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, has been appointed as the first holder of the Norris Family Chair in International Business at Angelo State University.

Elenkov, who will arrive at ASU in January, will be a faculty member in the College of Business. He has been involved in international business since 1984, both in industry and academia. His industry experience includes two years (1984-86) as country manager for Honeywell International Inc. in Sofia, Bulgaria, followed by two years as regional manager in Zurich, Switzerland.

After taking time out to earn his Ph.D. in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Elenkov began his teaching career as a visiting assistant professor at the Institute for Strategic Studies in Sofia. Since then, he has taught international business, management and leadership at Adelphi University (N.Y.), University of Maryland-Princess Anne, University of Memphis, New York Institute of Technology, Sofia University and University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

A prolific researcher and writer, Elenkov has produced more than 130 publications, including research papers, professional journal articles and two books, “Strategic Management of the Firm: An Integrative Approach” and “Total Quality Management: The New Frontier of Modern Management.” His research interests include strategic leadership, cross-cultural leadership, innovation, international comparative management, environmental scanning and multiple intelligences. In 2005, he had the top-ranked article in the Journal of Management’s “The Top 50 Most Frequently Read Articles.”

“Dr. Elenkov will bring a wealth of experience to our international business program here at ASU,” said Dr. Corbett Gaulden, dean of the College of Business. “Obviously, he will add to the vibrancy of our very successful study abroad programs, but will also enable us to penetrate other markets and develop other kinds of relationships with universities all over the world. Overall, his expertise will add immensely to what we are already doing in the College of Business.”

As a recognized expert in his field, Elenkov is a popular figure at academic and professional conferences, where he has presented papers at more than 50 events in the U.S. and around the world and chaired nearly 30 conferences or conference sessions. He was ranked as the second-most prolific contributor to academic research in Central and Eastern Europe from 1986-2004 by the Journal of International Business Studies.

Elenkov is also a peer reviewer for about a dozen professional publications and serves on the editorial board of nine others, including the International Journal of Business Strategy, International Journal of Effective Management, Journal of International Finance and Economics and Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

In addition to his teaching and research duties, Elenkov is vice president of the International Academy of Business and Economics (IABE) and serves on numerous committees at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, including the Chancellor’s Study Abroad Program Taskforce, Chancellor’s Taskforce on Diversity and Internationalization, and the Taskforce on Internationalizing College of Business Administration Undergraduate Curriculum.

The Norris Family Chair in International Business was established as Angelo State’s first-ever endowed chair in December 2007 through a $1 million donation from the Lloyd Norris Family of San Angelo. An endowed chair is the most prestigious academic appointment available for university faculty.

“The endowment by the Norris Family is a high-profile statement of solidarity between ASU and the community around us,” Gaulden said. “We are very grateful for that. The endowment has allowed us to acquire the services of an outstanding international scholar in the person of Dr. Elenkov.”

Lloyd Norris, Class of 1973, is a former chairman of the board for Town & Country Food Stores and a past president of the ASU Alumni Association. He also played a key role in Angelo State’s transition to the Texas Tech University System. He and his wife, Sheri, have two daughters, Angela and Chancey, who are both ASU graduates.

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