The Purdue University North Central MBA 2013 graduates recently presented their Outstanding Faculty Award to William Back, who teaches the class Legal and Social Foundations of Business. Back has been teaching with the MBA program since 2007.
“We are thrilled to have a dedicated professional like Bill Back as one of our MBA instructors,” said Dr. Cynthia Roberts, dean of the PNC College of Business. “He has always been known to engage students in lively conversation and challenge them to think critically,”
Back admitted that he was pleasantly surprised that the graduating students selected him as their outstanding faculty member.
“One never expects such an honor, but it is truly meaningful to me because it comes from the most knowledgeable judges, the students,” he said. “Teaching in the MBA program is a very satisfying experience in that it allows me to teach future business leaders in critical thinking and to help prepare them to run successful businesses that will contribute to society and to their future successes.”
“I have enjoyed teaching in the MBA program with its well-educated, highly motivated and hardworking students who enjoy the challenges of learning how to manage the complex and continually changing business world,” he continued. “I believe the course I have with the students, ‘The Legal and Social Foundations of Business’ is a critical component of their knowledge base as the law and social environment is ever changing and business leaders must successfully adapt to and deal with these changes throughout their careers.”
Back started his career as an administrator at PNC in 1969. He became vice chancellor for Administration in 1976 and served in that position until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2008. He entered his voluntary early partial retirement as a faculty member on Jan, 1 2009. He continues to be an active faculty member in the PNC undergraduate Business degree program and has taught undergraduate business law since 1976.
“Bill has long been a valued member of our PNC campus community,” said Dr. James B. Dworkin , PNC chancellor. “This award confirms the invaluable contributions that he has made in enriching the lives of his students. We were fortunate to have Mr. Back in a key administrative position and we are pleased that he has continued to teach our PNC students.”
Back continues to teach as a member of the PNC faculty this academic year.
Roberts explained, “Our MBA faculty includes 16 professors with advanced degrees who are able to combine current theory with real world experience. They all take pride in preparing their students to advance in the competitive global economy by developing leadership, strategic thinking, and teamwork skills.”