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Inaugural Accenture and Cotter chairs appointed

page break lineKay Lemon and Mary Ann Glynn

At two recent events, Katherine (Kay) Lemon, professor of marketing, and Mary Ann Glynn, professor of organization studies and research director of the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics (right), were appointed inaugural holders of two endowed chairs: the Accenture Professorship and the Joseph F. Cotter Professorship, respectively.

The Accenture Professorship recognizes a faculty member for high performance in teaching and research. Lemon’s main areas of research—customer management, customer equity, and the dynamics of customer-firm relationships—along with marketing strategy, are the subject of the undergraduate and graduate courses she teaches.

The Accenture Professorship was established by 16 alumni, parents, and friends of Boston College who serve as partners at the Accenture firm: David L. Anderson, Jonathan F. Besse, Steven R. Burns, Woodruff W. Driggs II, Timothy M. Finnegan, Thomas K. Fox, Patrick J. Hogan, William F. Kelly, Robert T. Martin, Matthew V.T. Ray, George P. Shaw, Richard Siber, Gregg M. Sweeney, Sajid Usman, Peter T. Vanderslice, and Patricia H. Walker. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company that serves businesses and governments.

The Joseph F. Cotter Professorship honors a faculty member noted for teaching and research in the areas of organizational studies, leadership and ethics, or accounting. Glynn’s research on identity, symbolism, and organizational leadership integrates cognitive processes, such as learning, creativity, and intelligence, and cultural influences, including social norms, institutional arrangements, and status affiliations.

The chair was established by Robert F. ’73 and Elizabeth Ferriter ’73, M.Ed. ’74 Cotter in honor of Bob’s father, Joseph. Joseph Francis Cotter ’49 started his career as an accountant for Price Waterhouse in New York City and retired as executive vice president and director of worldwide development after a 17-year tenure at the Boston-based Sheraton Corporation. He is a former vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, having served as a trustee from 1972 to 1979 and a trustee associate thereafter, and a past president of the BC Alumni Association. In 1986, he received the William V. McKenney Award, Boston College’s highest alumni award of excellence.

To learn more about endowing a professorship, contact Christina Toro at 617-552-3452 or