Calloway School names Harrison Kemper Professor of Business

By Maggie Barrett
March 1, 2006

J. Kline Harrison, associate dean and professor of management at Wake Forest University's Calloway School of Business and Accountancy, has been named the school's first Kemper Professor of Business.

J. Kline Harrison

The professorship is funded by a $129,500 grant from the James S. Kemper Foundation, located in Chicago. The foundation is a private institution whose mission is to promote liberal arts education as preparation for life and work, especially in administration and business.

"We are very impressed with Wake Forest's dedication to bringing liberal arts and business education together," said Thomas Hellie, president of the Kemper Foundation. "Wake Forest and a few other institutions are really breaking ground in this area."

In keeping with the foundation's mission, the purpose of the professorship is to support a faculty member of the Calloway School who specializes in a subject or an area in which business and liberal arts intersect. Jack Wilkerson, dean of the Calloway School, says Harrison is the perfect match.

"He teaches organizational behavior and management, which lends itself readily to the liberal arts, as it draws from subjects such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and political science," Wilkerson said.

Harrison also teaches a seminar in global trade and management, required for students enrolled in the interdisciplinary global trade and commerce studies minor. The minor, open to students enrolled in the Calloway School and in the Undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences, is offered through the university's Center for International Studies. Harrison was heavily involved in creating the minor and in developing the curriculum for it.

Harrison has taught other courses at Wake Forest that bring business and liberal arts together, including human resource management and a first-year seminar on leadership in the arts and literature.

Wake Forest offers other programs that combine business and liberal arts, including interdisciplinary minors in entrepreneurship and social enterprise, international studies, and health policy and administration.

Hellie said Wake Forest and the Calloway School interest the foundation due to Wilkerson's vision of undergraduate business education incorporating the liberal arts, the university's implementation and expansion of programs that bring business and liberal arts together, and the quality of Wake Forest students.

"Liberal arts students learn how to learn," Hellie said. "That skill, above any technical skill, is the most important skill a person can have in today's workforce."