The highest honor given annually to a business faculty member active in the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) is the Richard C. Chewning Award. The 2012 award recipient Dr. Kent Saunders, professor of finance and economics at the Falls School of Business at Anderson University, was presented the award at the closing banquet of the CBFA conference at Trinity Western University in Vancouver on June 28.
The AU Falls School of Business (FSB) holds the distinction of being the only university with three recipients of the Chewning award since its inception. Dr. Ken Armstrong, professor emeritus and former dean of the FSB received the award in 2002, DBA director and professor of management Dr. Doyle Lucas in 2009, and now Saunders in 2012.
Saunders earned his Ph.D. in applied economics from Clemson University in 1995. He has taught at Clemson University, Cumberland University, Le Moyne College, and at Anderson University since 2001. Dr. Saunders has served in numerous consulting positions, including as a staff member for the National Council on Economic Education Skills in Evaluation Workshops. He has refereed publications in journals such as the Journal of Corporate Finance, Advances in Financial Education, Journal of Education for Business, Journal of Financial Education, and the Journal of Applied Finance. Saunders is a member of several professional and honorary associations, including the Financial Education Association and the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business.
The Chewning Award was established by the Christian Business Faculty Association (CBFA) to perpetuate the passion and commitment of integrating personal faith and business as modeled by Dr. Richard C. Chewning, faculty emeritus at Baylor University.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.