Wilson succeeds the inaugural Sweeney professor, Stanley Dmohowski, who retired from full-time teaching in 1996 after 51 years. Dmohowski was appointed to the chair in 1983.
CSOM Dean John J. Neuhauser said Wilson's arrival represents a coup for the school, and a sign of Boston College's commitment to strengthening its graduate business programs.
"One of Boston College's major initiatives is to increase the recognition of its MBA program," Neuhauser said. "Peter is going to have a large role in that."
Neuhauser said Wilson will be "a very key member" of the small group of faculty who will teach all students enrolled in the MBA program.
"Stanley Dmohowski was thought of as a great teacher, so our sense was that we should fill the Sweeney Chair with someone who is a great teacher," said Neuhauser. "Peter Wilson takes teaching very seriously. He runs eight-hour review sessions for graduate students on Saturdays and the amount of preparation he puts into a class is very impressive."
Wilson said he plans to help reshape the MBA program's core accounting course over the next three years and help it achieve "a good blend between technical proficiency and real-world application."
Prior to his arrival at CSOM this fall, Wilson taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where he earned Teacher of the Year honors for 1994-95 as a visiting associate professor of management. He was named an associate professor of management in 1996. Wilson was an associate professor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration from 1989-94.
At the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where Wilson was an assistant professor from 1985-89, he garnered the school's Distinguished Teaching and Rookie Teacher Awards.
Wilson's principal fields of interest are taxes and economic behavior, accounting and capital markets. A key area of his research is the study of how tax policy affects corporate decisions to locate in the United States or abroad.
Wilson studied industrial administration at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his master's degree in 1982 and his doctorate in 1985. He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics education in 1968 and a master's degree in mathematics in 1970 at Florida Atlantic University.
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