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Amy W. Ray joins Bentley College as Trustee Professor in the Department of Accountancy

October 1, 2000


WALTHAM, Mass.- Amy W. Ray joined Bentley College as Trustee Professor in the Department of Accountancy. Candidates for the posts are sought within the college's traditional business or business-related programs, to foster the innovative integration of information technology in teaching and research.

Ray comes to Bentley from the University of Tennessee, where she served as associate professor of accounting information systems and taught in the MBA, Physician's Executive MBA, and Master of Accountancy programs. She was one of the primary architects of the Physician's Executive MBA- a successful international distance education program for medical doctors- as well as instrumental in the cross-curricular integration of the Master of Accountancy and traditional MBA programs. Her teaching experience spans electronic commerce, object-oriented analysis and design, expert systems, network security, and accounting information systems; she speaks regularly on distance education in the professional fields.

"One of my research and teaching strengths is understanding the many dimensions of electronic commerce, and one of my experiential strengths is my curriculum development efforts to successfully integrate traditional and distance education methods for graduate and executive-level education," Ray explains. "I'm continually looking for new ways to integrate online learning with face-to-face teaching."

Many leading scholarly journals have featured Ray's research on the behavioral and managerial implications of information technology, including the Journal of Management Information Systems, Information and Management, Journal of Accountancy and Journal of Information Systems. Outside the classroom, Ray is involved in a number of national committee efforts. She recently chaired the Information Systems section of the American Accounting Association (AAA), and served as a member of the AAA/American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Technology Toolkit Project Team, and as a leader of the Information Systems Group at the AAA/Arthur Andersen New Faculty Consortium. She will chair the AAA/Ernst & Young E-Business Conference Content Team through 2001.

Ray earned a BS in accounting from West Virginia Wesleyan College, and an MS and PhD in accounting from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. She resides in South Natick, Mass.

The Trustee Professorships were created in 1997 by the Bentley College Board of Trustees and President Joseph G. Morone to promote cross-curricular program development and explore the impact of information technology on global business.

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