Prof. Jooh Lee Honored with Campbell Endowed Chair


Professor of management and entrepreneurship recognized for scholarship, classroom dedication and service to Rowan University and the community.

Jooh Lee, a professor of management and entrepreneurship at Rowan since 1988, has been named the John B. Campbell Professorial Chair for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

Prof. Lee is a prolific researcher who has published more than 100 scholarly articles including more than 50 publications in refereed journals and received dozens of professional accolades since joining Rowan's faculty. The endowed chair recognizes his scholarship, his classroom accomplishments and his service to the university and community.

"This is a very significant honor," said Prof. Lee, who earned his Master's degree at Colorado State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Mississippi. "It's a recognition of my work not only as a teacher but as a researcher."

The endowed chair was funded through a $1 million gift from Ann C. “Buffy” Campbell in memory of her husband, the late president and chairman of Mannington Mills flooring company of Salem.

Prof. Lee's many areas of published research have investigated, among other things, the links between quality management, corporate reputation and research and development. His current research focuses largely on sustainability and corporate social responsibility and their relationship to a healthy bottom line.

"The question is, how does being a socially responsible corporation affect performance in the marketplace?" Prof. Lee said.

Prof. Lee, who teaches both undergraduate and graduate level coursework including Operations Management and Managerial Decision Making Tools, said the endowed chair will enable him to temporarily shorten his classroom hours so he may increase time spent on research and developing lessons.

There are two endowed chairs within the Rohrer College of Business – the John B. Campbell Professorial Chair and the William G. Rohrer Professorial Chair.

Living memorials, the endowed chairs honor Mr. Campbell and Mr. Rohrer, a Haddon Township mayor, banker and philanthropist. Steven E. Phelan, a professor of business strategy and entrepreneurship, presently holds the William G. Rohrer endowed chair.

Rohrer College of Business Dean Niranjan Pati said Prof. Lee, who succeeds Prof. Gulser Meric as the Campbell endowed chair, embodies the professorial attributes—excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service for which the chair was created.

"Professor Lee is a well rounded professor who loves to teach and learn, he disseminates knowledge through peer-reviewed research, and is a great colleague," Dean Pati said. "His diligence as a teacher and researcher speaks for itself and we are all very pleased to share in his most recent honor."