Meindl Named Charmichael Professor In UB School of Management

Release Date: April 25, 1997 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- James R. Meindl, professor of organization and human resources, has been named the Donald S. Charmichael Professor of Organization and Human Resources in the University at Buffalo School of Management for a five year-term. The position is endowed by Delaware North Companies, Inc. of Buffalo.

A member of the School of Management faculty since 1981, Meindl is the author and editor of numerous articles, chapters and books on the behavioral aspects of organizing and managing. He is internationally recognized for his research on the "romance of leadership," an analysis of charisma and other forms of popular leadership.

Meindl teaches organizational behavior and leadership in the MBA, Singapore Executive MBA and doctoral programs at the management school. He is director of the school's Center for International Leadership, endowed by Marine Midland Bank, which fosters educational initiatives in the areas of international business leadership for Western New York and international executives.

In 1996, Meindl was awarded the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of the highest honors bestowed by state university system, and in 1995 he was presented the management school's Outstanding Contribution to Teaching Award. He has served on the editorial boards of the leading journals of his field, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly and Leadership Quarterly. He is the program chairperson for the organizational behavior division of the Academy of Management, the leading professional association for management faculty.

In naming Meindl to the position, Frederick W. Winter, dean of the UB School of Management, cited Meindl's "versatile and gifted teaching skills," contributions to numerous management school committees, and Buffalo-area pro bono consulting work.

"Professor Meindl's scholarly work and dedication to the teaching profession have contributed greatly to the School of Management's national reputation and have earned him the respect and admiration of students and colleagues alike," said Winter.

A resident of Buffalo, Meindl received his doctorate and master's degree in social psychology from the University of Waterloo and was a post-doctoral fellow in organizational behavior at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He earned bachelor's degrees in psychology and sociology from the University of Rochester.

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