FLORENCE---M. Barry O’Brien of Florence has been selected the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor for the 2000-2001 year at Francis Marion University.
Announced at a campus dinner Thursday night (April 19), this award has been given since the 1975-76 school year and is based upon a faculty member’s contributions to teaching, professional service and scholarly activities.
The award, named in honor of the former chairman of the FMU Board of Trustees, is the highest honor to be bestowed upon a faculty member. It will be presented at FMU’s spring commencement Saturday, May 5. The award carries a $3,000 cash prize, sponsored by the FMU Foundation.
As a result of his selection, O’Brien will be the Francis Marion University nominee for the Governor's Professor of the Year Award competition next fall.
“Barry O’Brien is respected by students and colleagues alike,” said Fred Carter, FMU president. “He takes a personal interest in each student, and he is respected by his colleagues for his dedication to the teaching profession.”
“He is an outstanding faculty member as reflected in his exemplary teaching, his strong commitment to research, and his service to the college and community.” Carter also praised O’Brien for his role in developing the university’s international exchange programs.
An associate professor of economics, O’Brien has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1988. He currently is director of the master of business administration program in the School of Business. He has taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he also served as chairman of the Department of Business Administration. He also has been a visiting professor at Clemson University.
A native of Philadelphia, O’Brien earned a bachelor’s degree from UNC Pembroke and a doctorate in economics from the University of South Carolina.
O’Brien has written numerous articles and presented papers at scholarly meetings. He is a reviewer for Studies in Economic Analysis and the Southeastern Institute of Management Sciences. He is a member of the Southeastern Economics Association, Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Society in Economics, Southern Economics Association and is faculty adviser to the Economics Society.
Active in the international education program at FMU, O’Brien has served on a number of university committees and as a member of the Faculty Senate.
As a consultant, he has done professional work for many businesses and organizations throughout the state, and he conducted the feasibility study for Florence minor league ice hockey in 1995.
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