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Longtime TU business professors retire

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The Collins College of Business bids a fond farewell to three longtime professors who retired this spring with a combined 108 years of service: Professor of Finance Richard Burgess, Professor of Finance J. Markham Collins and Associate Professor of Finance Larry Johnson. “Each of these professors has contributed significantly to the establishment and growth of several key programs within the Collins College of Business,” said Dean Gale Sullenberger. “They have made a tremendous difference in the lives and careers of countless students, and we will certainly miss their presence on campus.”

Richard Burgess joined the TU faculty in 1980 and served as assistant dean and director of graduate business programs, as well as director of the School of Finance, Operations Management and International Business. Burgess has received considerable recognition for his teaching including winning the College of Business Outstanding Teaching Award numerous times and The University of Tulsa Outstanding Teaching Award in May 2006. He was a visiting professor of finance at the University of Auckland in New Zealand and Scholar in Resident at the Swiss Bank Corporation in Basel, Switzerland and S.T.A. Salmann Trust in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

Mark Collins joined the TU faculty in 1979 and served as director of the International Business Program for 10 years. He was acting dean in 1993 and 1994. He also served as associate dean and director of graduate business programs. Collins was a Fulbright Scholar to Eszterhazy Karoly College in Hungary in 2008. He was a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong, the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the University of Siegen in Germany. He also served on the board of Friends of Finance. Collins promoted study abroad opportunities for students, and he was one of the cofounders of the prestigious TU Global Scholars Program. He received grant funding in excess of $650,000.

Larry Johnson joined the TU faculty in 1984. His area of specialization is analytical techniques as they apply to derivative investments, options, futures contracts, and real options such as business expansions, contractions and acquisitions. Johnson was instrumental in establishing sophisticated analytical techniques for the Collins College of Business’s finance program. He incorporated risk analysis into the college’s undergraduate and graduate programs with a focus on derivative securities. Many business alumni with successful careers in the financial industry owe their expertise to Johnson.