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Wake Forest professor wins Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Economics and Business

May 9, 2008

Jon Duchac, Merrill Lynch Professor of Accounting and director of the Enterprise Risk Management Program at Wake Forest University’s Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, has won a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Economics and Business from the Fulbright Scholar Program. 

He is the first member of the Wake Forest faculty to be awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair.

The Distinguished Chairs Program is considered one of the Fulbright Program’s most prestigious and selective programs.  Of the 40 scholars chosen as chairs to serve as visiting lecturers or researchers at leading higher education institutions, only two or three are chosen from the field of business. 

This fall, Duchac will conduct research and teach two courses and a doctoral seminar at the famed Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration in Austria.  It is considered the largest university focusing on business and economics in Europe and is known for producing the developers of the basic theories of capitalism. 

He will also travel to universities throughout the region on behalf of the Fulbright Commission.  On his way to Vienna, he will spend two weeks at the University of Iceland giving a lecture series for graduate students on international accounting and risk management.

Duchac has taught in Wake Forest’s accountancy and risk management programs for 15 years.  He has served as a consultant for a number of companies on such issues as accounting for derivatives, structured financial transactions and risk management strategies. 

During the fellowship, Duchac hopes to find ways to connect the Fulbright Program to Flow House, Wake Forest’s residential study house in Vienna, and explore possible partnerships with the two universities.  “At the end of the semester, I’m hoping to be able to conduct an international conference that brings together Wake Forest, the Vienna University of Economics and Business and the Fulbright Commission,” Duchac said.

The Fulbright Scholar Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.  The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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