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For Immediate Release

DALLAS  •  Ray F. Attner, business management professor, was selected as a “Piper Professor of 2006” by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation of San Antonio for superior teaching at the college level. Only 15 professors at state of Texas colleges and universities are selected annually for recognition as “Piper Professors.” Attner has twice been honored by his colleagues as Brookhaven College’s Excellence in Teaching Award winner in 1981 and 2005.

The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, founded in 1950, has selected outstanding professors from two- and four-year, public and private, colleges and universities every year since 1958 with a certificate of merit, a gold pin and $5,000 honorarium. Nominations for awards are requested annually from all accredited institutions of higher learning in the State of Texas and reviewed by an impartial selection committee from the academic community.

"I am so honored and humbled to be selected," said Professor Attner. "I have difficulty expressing my joy at the honor. For longer than I can remember, my ultimate goal has always been student learning. The fruition of my professional career has been watching my students walk across the stage a graduation. This award is now the culmination of all my efforts," he said.

“We are very proud of Ray and of the commitment he shows each day to his students, his teaching and to the college,” said Sharon L. Blackman, Ed.D., Brookhaven College president. “Professor Attner takes student success personally and it's his first priority. His students know he will challenge them in the classroom, support them when they need additional help and, if needed, walk them through the process of finding the college services that they need to succeed.”

With extraordinary talent as an instructor and a leader, Attner has served Brookhaven College and the Dallas County Community College District for more than 34 years. His selection as a Piper Professor is a testament to his reputation as an outstanding teacher, author and college leader, and a mentor for students, administrators and faculty.

As a founding faculty member at Brookhaven College in 1978, over the years, Attner has served as the faculty dean of the Business Studies Division, director of the Marketing and Management Center, acting vice president of instruction, acting director of marketing for distance learning and acting executive dean of Workforce and Continuing Education. Currently, Attner is a professor of business and management and president of the Brookhaven College Faculty Association.

Among his accomplishments, Attner has twice been selected as Brookhaven College’s Excellence in Teaching Award winner, authored four college textbooks, and served as the faculty content specialist in the production of three different video-based distance learning courses that are used internationally. He has served as the Faculty Association President four times, has chaired or co-chaired the last three Brookhaven College presidential search committees, and chaired the college’s compliance team for the re-accreditation visit by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Attner holds a Bachelor of Science in marketing from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Business Administration from Northeast Louisiana State University. His professional affiliations include the Texas Community College Teachers Association and the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce.



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