A leading MBS academic in market-based accounting has been honoured as a Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences.
Professor Andrew Stark, Coutts Professor of Accounting and Finance, is one of 34 newly appointed Fellows whom the Academy said had all made a “substantial contribution to wider social science in a variety of contexts”, including in higher education, government, funding councils, charitable foundations and think tanks. Said Prof Stark:
“Being invited to be a Fellow is undoubtedly a great honour and would not have been possible without the support of many people. In particular, the support and patience of my family has been overwhelmingly invaluable. In academic life I have gained and learnt from numerous colleagues. In this respect, I would particularly mention Professor Gerry Lawson, my PhD supervisor at MBS, and Professor Larry Gordon (University of Maryland), both of whom acted as extremely patient mentors in the early years of my career. The importance of having good mentors as one builds a career in academia cannot be underestimated.”
Prof Stark first came to MBS in 1996 after having held faculty positions at Yale School of Management (visiting), and the universities of Essex, Ulster, Maryland and Manchester. At MBS he has served as the director of the full-time MBA programme, and also been head of the division of Accounting and Finance.
He has previously received the British Accounting Association Distinguished Academic Award, and is currently one of the editors of the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. His current primary research interests concern the relationship between accounting numbers and share prices.
Among other new Fellows are Lord Richard Best, a leading light in housing studies and policy; and Rt Hon David Willetts MP, until recently the Minister of State for Universities and Science. The Academy has around 1000 individual Fellows, who are distinguished scholars and practitioners from academia and the public and private sectors.