August 14, 2002
Samuel C. Certo, professor of management and former dean of the Crummer School, has been appointed the first holder of the Steinmetz Chair of Management at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. The Steinmetz Chair is one of four endowed chairs at the Crummer School.
Rollins College President Rita Bornstein appointed Certo to the chair. "Sam is an outstanding teacher and prolific author," she said, "and it is a pleasure to recognize his contributions to his students, his profession and Rollins with an endowed professorship."
Orlando businessman Charles Steinmetz, a longtime leader in the pest control industry, and his wife, Lynn, established the Steinmetz Chair in Management to recruit or retain a nationally recognized scholar for the management program at the Crummer School. Steinmetz has been a member of the Crummer Board of Overseers since 1991 and has supported many projects at the School, including the construction of the Bush Executive Education Center.
Certo earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Cincinnati, and his MBA and doctorate from Ohio University. Prior to joining the Crummer faculty in 1986, he taught at Ohio University, the University of Hawaii and Indiana State University. During his career, Certo has published in professional journals such as Academy of Management Review, Journal of Experiential Learning and Simulation, and Training. He has also published over 25 books. Modern Management (9th edition), his most widely accepted text published by Prentice Hall, has been a best seller for over 20 years. Certo also recently co-authored the successful trade book Digital Dimensioning: Finding the eBusiness in Your Business. Certo is a recognized pioneer and leader in publishing on the Internet, making The Strategic Management Process available online to his students. His books have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Romanian for distribution throughout the world.
As a former dean of the Crummer School, Certo spearheaded the Global Business Student Summit and the establishment of international student internships that serve as the foundation of Crummer's present international focus. The Academy of Management has recognized his contribution with the Excellence of Leadership Award. He sits on the boards of Federal Trust Bank, Websolvers, Inc., and Strategic Story Studios. Certo's management consulting experience includes CBS, Red Lobster Restaurants and Harcourt, Inc.
"I am extremely honored and personally excited to be the first recipient of the Steinmetz Chair of Management. With all of the truly outstanding professors at the Crummer Graduate School, I feel very fortunate to have been selected," said Certo. "As the Steinmetz Professor of Management, I can only hope to relate to students the keen business acumen and high moral and ethical standards that have made Charles Steinmetz a world-class entrepreneur and manager."