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Two Marshall Professors Receive USC Mellon Mentoring Awards
Award Captures Professors' Commitment to Undergraduate and Graduate Education
April 20, 2011 • by News at Marshall

Warren Bennis, University Professor, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and a professor of management and organization at USC Marshall, has received the USC Mellon Mentoring Award for his work with undergraduate students. Mark Young, the George Bozanic and Holman G. Hurt Chair in Sports Entertainment Business and a professor of accounting, received the Mellon Mentoring Award for his work with graduate students.

The Mellon Awards, presented in ceremonies April 19 at the University Club, recognize faculty members who provide counsel to promote academic and professional success and help create a vital and engaged academic community in their school and at USC.

Bennis is one of the world's foremost experts on leadership. A lecturer, consultant and writer, Bennis has been an advisor to four U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic, On Becoming a Leader. He chairs the advisory board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. The Financial Times called Bennis "the professor who established leadership as a respectable academic field" and BusinessWeek named him one of the 10 most influential thought leaders in business in 2007.

Bennis is an active scholar and teacher and has co-taught a highly popular course with former USC President Steven B. Sample on the theory and practice of leadership to juniors and seniors, which will be offered again this fall. Bennis also received the 2009 inaugural FrED Leadership Award from the Future of Executive Leadership for his outstanding contributions to the fields of leadership and executive development.

Mark Young studies management control system design in organizations and has conducted research in the automobile, airline, hi-tech and entertainment industries. His book with Dr. Drew Pinsky, The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America, was a New York Times bestseller. Young is a co-winner of the Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award and the Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award, twice. A Distinguished Fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC, he has won several teaching awards.

"Warren Bennis and Mark Young are invaluable teachers and mentors at USC Marshall," said Marshall Dean James G. Ellis. "These awards reflect their unwavering commitment to educating the next generation of leaders."

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.