Norman Maclean Faculty Award
Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, Chicago Booth
Marvin Zonis is regarded as a true leader who inspires students and colleagues alike to think out of their comfort zones and not follow consensus as a safer option. He has taught and inspired generations of students in the College, the Department of Political Science, the Committee on International Relations, the Committee on Human Development and at ChicagoBooth. He was the first professor at Chicago Booth to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business, and students credit his “Politics in Interdependent Economies” course as one of the most salient ways to understanding today’s emerging markets. A leading authority on the Middle East and former director of the University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Zonis has spent the last 50 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. Zonis is credited by his students for teaching them how to think, not what to think. As one student puts it, “he demonstrates the nexus between rational, analytic approaches and emotional, personality-driven actions and impact.” More important, Zonis is seen by his students as a philosopher friend who leaves people entertained, enlightened and inspired after every encounter.
2013 Alumni Awards Ceremony
The 72nd annual Alumni Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Rockefeller Chapel.
Visit the Alumni Weekend website to register.