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Press Release


March 19, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – The Robert O. Anderson Schools of Management Foundation Board has selected this year’s honoree for the Faculty Leadership Award. Suleiman “Sul” Kassicieh, a professor in the Management of Technology (MOT) program and chair for the department of Finance, International and Technology Management, was named this year’s outstanding faculty member based on his service to the community, and teaching and research excellence.

Kassicieh will be recognized alongside the three outstanding Anderson Schools’ alumni being inducted into the Hall of Fame – Maria Griego-Raby, owner of Contract Associates; William F. Riordan, Attorney-at-Law and former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court; and Robert S. Carr, formerly the Audit and Review Managing Director for global consumer business at Citigroup, who will be honored posthumously.

“The Foundation Board is pleased to provide this recognition to an outstanding faculty member,” said Kim Nunley, a local partner with Arthur Andersen and chair for the ASM Foundation Board’s faculty relations committee. “We know that the excellent faculty at The Anderson Schools make a real difference in the professional development of New Mexicans. We are particularly pleased to be recognizing Sul this year for his exceptional service in the critical area of economic development.”

Kassicieh, who earned his PhD at The University of Iowa after completing his BBA and MBA at UNM, has become internationally-known in technology management. He has been a professor at UNM since 1981, earning status as a Presidential Lecturer, Regents’ Distinguished Professor and he currently holds the Albert Franklin Black Professorship in Entrepreneurship. His scholarship includes hundreds of presentations and scholarly articles in the area of technology management.

In the last several years, Kassicieh has been a leading force in bringing The Anderson Schools to the community. He served as the impetus for two international meetings coming to the area last year, provided leadership to the Next Generation Economy Initiative, and served as the University’s voice at the State of New Mexico Economic Development Summit and New Mexico First Town Hall on Economic Development. Through the MOT program, Kassicieh has supervised the development of over 75 business and marketing plans for technology startups in the region, providing students with real-life experience and businesses like Wavefront Sciences and Emcore with the tools to succeed.

Kassicieh will be recognized with the three outstanding alumni at the annual Hall of Fame Dinner, scheduled for April 26 at the Albuquerque Marriott. Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. Corporate Table sponsorships are $1000 and include a table for eight and an invitation to the private honoree’s reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.; non-profit organization sponsorships are available for $600, with the same benefits; the cost for individual tickets is $75. For reservations call the Anderson Schools of Management Development Office at 277-0880 or email

This event is The Schools’ largest friend- and fund-raiser, benefiting the Dean’s Fund. Last year’s dinner raised more than $35,000 for The Schools, with funds supporting student scholarships, faculty research and career placement activities.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.