First Professor Emeritus in Business
At the fall session of convocation Dr Robert Sexty was officially honoured with the distinction professor emeritus, becoming the first recipient from the Faculty of Business Administration.
Dr. Sexty, who retired in fall 2007, has been an active member of the Faculty of Business at Memorial for over 35 years. He has won numerous awards, including the Dean’s Service Award in 1992 and the Dean’s Teaching Award in 1997. He has repeatedly won the favourite professor award from the graduating commerce class and in 2002 he was recognized by the National Post and PricewaterhouseCoopers with the Leader in Management Education award.
Dr. Sexty has long been an advocate for social responsibility. In 1975, he offered Business and Society, one of the first undergraduate business ethics courses in Canada. In 1978, he developed Social Responsibility Management, the first required business ethics course in a Canadian MBA program.
Dr. Sexty’s research interests include strategic management, Canadian business and society, and business ethics. He has authored and co-authored many books and articles, most recently the 2008 textbook Canadian Business and Society: Ethics and Responsibilities. Dr. Sexty also consults in the area of strategic planning and management for business, government and non-profit organizations.
Throughout his career he has served on many university committees and belonged to of a number of community groups. The Administrative Sciences Association of Canada, the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency and Junior Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador Business Hall of Fame are just a few groups that have benefited from his involvement.
In 2007 a scholarship was created in his honour. The Dr. Robert W. Sexty Scholarship for Social Responsibility recognizes students for their commitment to social responsibility.
Dr. Gary Gorman, dean of the Faculty of Business Administration, said this is an outstanding achievement. “This recognition is well deserved in light of Dr. Sexty’s career accomplishments and contribution to the faculty. Dr. Sexty is an excellent choice for the first professor emeritus from the Faculty of Business Administration.”