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Bentley University Accounting Professor James Hunton Receives $25,000 Mee Family Prize

September 6, 2011

Jim Hunton and his wife, Betty; Bentley Provost Mike Page; Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson; Michael and Judy Mee

Bentley University presented the $25,000 Mee Family Prize and medal to James Hunton, Darald and Juliet Libby Professor of Accounting at the university’s convocation ceremony on August 30. Established by a generous gift by Michael (1966 alumnus) and Judy Mee, the new annual award highlights a lifetime of scholarly work demonstrated by a distinguished faculty member.

“During his nine years at Bentley, Jim has had a profound, positive influence on the welfare of Bentley’s students, success of his fellow colleagues, and international standing of the university,” Bentley President Gloria Cordes Larson.

Hunton was named one of the top-ranked researchers among his academic peers, according to a recently released study, Individual Accounting Faculty Research Rankings By Topical Area and Methodology, by researchers from Brigham Young and Utah State universities.  Known for blending theory and practice into meaningful and relevant work, his recent research focuses on improving corporate and social responsibility, particularly situations where auditors, managers and directors are biased toward self-interest that could potentially harm investors and society in general, with a goal to help develop policies and procedures to minimize deleterious effects.

Hunton’s work encompasses the domains of accounting, finance, management, information systems and psychology, with an underlying theme of behavioral experimentation. He has held a number of leadership posts in the American Accounting Association and is founding editor of Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, editor for The Accounting Review, and associate editor for Decision Sciences

Also active on the international front, Hunton works with PhD students and faculty at the Rotterdam School of Management in The Netherlands, where he is a research professor, and at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He has published more than 130 articles, co-written three text books; and delivered countless presentations and speeches across the globe. 

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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