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Marquette investment professor wins inaugural Brennan Master Teacher Award

Honor bestowed courtesy of a nearly $1 million gift from the Edward Brennan family

By - Apr 28th, 2016 09:59 am
David Krause. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

David Krause. Photo courtesy of Marquette University.

MILWAUKEE — Dr. David Krause, director of the Marquette University College of Business Administration’s nationally recognized Applied Investment Management program, has been honored with the first-ever Edward A. Brennan Master Teacher Award. The award was founded this spring through a nearly $1 million award from the family of the late Edward Brennan, former chairman, president and CEO of Sears.

Krause, who joined Marquette in 2004 and was instrumental in building the AIM program, will carry the title of Brennan Master Teacher for three years, a distinction that rewards and encourages excellence in teaching — it also includes an annual salary supplement.

In presenting the award, Keyes Dean of Business Administration Dr. Brian Till pointed to the individual attention Krause gives his students, mentoring them beyond the classroom — something that has led to the AIM program’s nearly 100-percent job placement rate.

“What Dr. Krause does is connect our students with the business community, bringing in finance professionals from around the country to work with our students in and out of class,” he said. “As a teacher, he embodies the excellence this award is designed to recognize.”

Till also highlighted praise from Krause’s students. One wrote, “Dr. Krause is the epitome of a servant leader for his students. He knows each of them on a very personal level, and cares about their education and their life.”

“Thank you for this honor. I truly appreciate receiving the Brennan Master Teaching award,” Krause said. “As I shared with the faculty upon receiving the award, there are many worthy colleagues in the college who deserve recognition for their commitment in the classroom. I am honored and will work hard to help younger faculty refine their instructional skills.”

Krause added that he was moved by Edward Brennan’s story and said, “I have taken the opportunity to research the career of Edward Brennan, and I admire his lifelong commitment to Marquette’s mission of serving others.”

About the Brennan Master Teacher Award
The Edward A. Brennan Master Teacher Award was founded by Donald Brennan to honor his late father. Donald, a 1982 graduate of the College of Business Administration, is the former chief merchandising officer and senior executive vice president at Kohl’s Corp.

Overseen by the college’s Faculty Teaching Committee, the Brennan Master Teacher award honors faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding talent and dedication to teaching, and represents an investment in the recipient’s originality, insight and mastery of the craft of teaching.

One new Brennan Master Teacher will be named every year for a three-year term.

About Edward A. Brennan
A Chicago native, Edward Brennan was a 1956 graduate of the College of Business Administration. Following his storied career with Sears, Edward served on the boards of 3M, Exelon, Morgan Stanley, Allstate and McDonalds, and was named executive chairman of American Airlines.

Additionally, Edward served as chairman of the Marquette Board of Trustees and was instrumental in recruiting former president Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J.

About the AIM program
One of the nation’s top undergraduate programs in applied investment management, AIM was the first undergraduate program to be recognized as a Chartered Financial Analyst Program Partner. Students in the program study the core body of knowledge covered in the CFA Level I exam — preparing them to take the test upon graduation. The pass rate for AIM students on the CFA exam has averaged around 70 percent, while the average global pass rate is only 42 percent. Further, AIM has had a near-perfect career placement record since its inception in 2005.

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