Ashland University Finance Professor Receives Best Paper Award

11/1/12 ASHLAND, Ohio – A paper written by Dr. Hongxia Wang, assistant professor of finance at Ashland University, and her co-authors was selected as the 2012 Best Paper in Corporate by the Southern Finance Association (SFA). The title of the paper is “Do busy directors and CEOs shirk their responsibilities? Evidence from mergers and acquisitions.”

Dr. Wang and her co-authors, Dr. Bradley W. Benson of Ball State University, Dr. Wallace N. Davidson III of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Dr. Travis Davidson of Ohio University, will receive the award at the annual SFA banquet on Nov. 16. The authors will receive a $1,000 cash prize in addition to the award.

The SFA is a well-recognized organization in finance. Each year, the SFA program committee reviews all papers submitted to the annual meeting and selects a paper deserving of special recognition in each of the areas of corporate, financial institutions, international finance and investments.

“We are truly honored to be recognized by this highly ranked finance association. The recognition has gone beyond the award itself. It is a driving force that keeps on leading us to better research and teaching,” Dr. Wang said.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###