New chair at the Jones School supports undergraduate business education

The Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business is pleased to announce a new chair funded by alumnus Keith Anderson ’83, former chief investment officer of Soros Fund Management and founder and current chairman at Anderson Global Macro. The Keith Anderson Professorship in Business was established to further support undergraduate business education at Rice University. Stephen A. Zeff, a member of the Rice University accounting faculty since 1978, will hold the chair.

“The establishment of this endowed chair simply reflects my appreciation for what Rice University has given me through the years,” said Keith Anderson. “The growth in the enrollment for undergraduate business courses and increased engagement of Jones School faculty with undergraduate population has been extremely positive for Rice University.”

Bill Glick, dean of the Jones School and H. Joe Nelson III Professor of Management, agreed. “Keith Anderson’s gift is instrumental in serving the undergraduates at Rice, and it honors Professor Zeff’s years of service to both undergraduate and graduate students at the university, having taught financial accounting to Rice undergraduate students for well over 30 years.”

Zeff holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado, and MBA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary doctorates from the Turku School of Economics in Finland; the University of Waterloo in Canada; and Universidad de Alcalá in Spain. In 1973 and 2001, Zeff received the Hourglass Award from the Academy of Accounting Historians, thus becoming one of the few two-time recipients of the award. In 2008, the academy gave him the Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award, and in 2002, he was inducted as the 70th member of the Accounting Hall of Fame at The Ohio State University. Zeff is a past editor of The Accounting Review and a past president of the American Accounting Association. Undergraduate business education has always been important to Dr. Zeff, who served as director of the managerial studies major for all undergraduates from 1982 to 1999, and Pre-business Adviser in the Office of Student Affairs from 1983-2000.

Undergraduate business education was a key priority for the Jones School during the Centennial Campaign. Because of the high demand from Rice undergraduates, enrollment in undergraduate business courses has grown exponentially since the fall of 2007. Roughly one third of the most recent graduating class of Rice undergraduates took one or more undergraduate business courses at the Jones School.

Anderson has served on the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Investors Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. He currently serves on the board of Rice University, the council of overseers at the Jones School, and is a member of The Economic Club of New York. Anderson earned a B.S. in economics and finance from Nichols College in 1981, and an MBA from Rice University in 1983.