Prof. Brian Green appointed to professorship endowed in honor of Richard Czarnecki
February 27, 2008
DEARBORN / Feb. 27, 2008---Accounting Prof. Brian Green has been appointed to the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Management’s first endowed collegiate professorship, named in honor of Professor Emeritus Richard Czarnecki.
“I hope to be able to live up to the legacy of teaching excellence that Dick Czarnecki exemplified,” Green said. Green’s appointment for a three-year term as the Richard E. Czarnecki Collegiate Professor was approved by the U-M Regents at their January meeting.
“I am really taken aback by the outpouring of generosity from my former students that allowed us to create the professorship,” Czarnecki said. “And I am thrilled to see Brian Green be the first one appointed to the position. He’s been a great colleague and friend, as well as a first-rate scholar.”
Czarnecki, who was professor of accounting and finance at UM-Dearborn for 30 years, retired in 1997. He lives in Dearborn Heights with his wife, Dolores.
“Dick Czarnecki has been beloved and respected by three decades of UM-Dearborn students,” Green said. “Not only have his former students achieved great success, they have upheld the core values he instilled in them, namely the idea of public service and trust.”
The collegiate professorship was established through contributions to an endowment fund that has raised more than $500,000 in gifts from individuals, corporations and foundations. The U-M Regents approved the naming of the professorship last year.
Supporters of the fund will join with UM-Dearborn faculty, administrators and alumni to celebrate the establishment of the professorship with Czarnecki and Green at a reception and dinner on campus on Feb. 29.
In addition to his teaching and service on campus, Czarnecki has been highly influential in the accounting profession in Michigan and at the national level. He was appointed to the Michigan Board of Accountancy by both Democrat and Republican governors, and he served four years on the board of directors of the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
Czarnecki received the Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants an unprecedented four times, and received the Lifetime Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the group in 1997.
“This professorship is a tribute to a distinguished educator and administrator who has been an inspiration to students and faculty throughout his long career,” according to School of Management Dean Kim Schatzel. “Prof. Czarnecki made outstanding contributions to the accounting profession and the funds supporting this endowment were contributed by many companies and individuals who recognized his dedication, love and support of his students.”
Green, who joined the UM-Dearborn faculty in 1992, teaches auditing and accounting, and has published research on management fraud detection as well as on ways to assess effective teaching. He received UM-Dearborn’s Distinguished Faculty Research Award, and has held numerous leadership positions at the state, regional and national levels with the American Accounting Association.
“One of the goals of the Czarnecki Professorship is to recognize a faculty member who is a distinguished teacher as well as someone who embodies Dick Czarnecki’s core values,” Schatzel said. “Brian Green has an outstanding record of teaching and service to the accounting profession. This appointment honors both of these great teachers and scholars.”