College of Commerce and Business Administration

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

414 Wohlers Hall, 1206 South Sixth Street

Champaign IL 61820                                                                     For release January 15, 2002



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Gentry honored with lifetime achievement award


James Gentry, professor of finance and IBE Distinguished Professor of Finance, was recently selected as the recipient of the first Midwest Finance Association Life-Time Achievement Award. Established this year, the Life-Time Achievement award recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the association. Elizabeth Cooperman, MFA president and associate professor of finance at the University of Colorado at Denver, notified Gentry of the honor. The MFA Board also voted unanimously to rename the CFO Breakfast, held at the MFA annual meeting, to the James Gentry Distinguished Financial Executive Presentation.

In 2001, Gentry was named a University of Illinois Distinguished Teacher/Scholar. He is well known for his case study research and his teaching. He retires from the faculty at the end of this academic year.

The Midwest Finance Association ( works to develop and disseminate information on the finance discipline to its members, who are academicians and practitioners. MFA fulfills it mission through annual professional meetings and sponsorship of the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance.

Nationally recognized as one of the leading business schools, the College of Commerce and Business Administration ( has outstanding programs in accounting, business, economics, and finance. The college enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduates, 700 MBA and master's students, and 175 doctoral candidates from all 50 states and more than 30 countries worldwide.