College of Business and Innovation

COBI’s Longenecker recognized as top ten business professor in global competition

Dr. Clint Longenecker, Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Business Excellence in the College of Business and Innovation at The University of Toledo, finished as one of the top ten vote getters in The Economist Intelligence Unit Business Professor of the Year. As a result he is on the long list for the award and may be one of four finalists invited to London for a live global teach-off.

Longenecker was one of two professors from the United States among the top ten vote getters, besting nominees from other prestigious business schools including Harvard, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Cornell, Pennsylvania (Wharton), Virginia (Darden), Northwestern and Stanford, among others.

“It is wonderful recognition for the UT College of Business and Innovation to be represented in the top ten, especially given the global competition,” Longenecker said. “Our students and faculty know this is a great institution, and now other business schools and organizations around the world have an opportunity to learn more about what we do and how well we do it.”

“This was a very competitive process against some of the best business school professors in the world, and I am very appreciative that our university, students, and alumni base were actively engaged in the selection process. I want to thank all those who participated in the process and let people know that this has been a very humbling and rewarding experience. I feel very fortunate and honored to be eligible for the teach-off in London on a world stage to spread the word about COBI and The University of Toledo,” he said.

The award, presented by The Economist and sponsored by Hult International Business School, was created to find and recognize the best business professor in the world. Longenecker was nominated by some of his former students. Go to and click on Clint’s photo to read comments posted by some of his students.

Longenecker, a graduate of UT and former Rocket football player, has been a faculty member here for more than 30 years. During his career, he has received more than 40 awards for his outstanding leadership, teaching, research and service.  

For the teach-off, four professors will be flown to London where they will present a short lecture to a live classroom audience and online. The presentation will be on a topic of their choice, and at the end viewers will vote and the winner, who will receive the title of EIU Business Professor of the Year as well as $100,000, will be announced live. 

Last Updated: 6/24/19