Vijay Govindarajan and Ken French Awarded 2015 Overseers’ Medals

A highlight of Investiture was the recognition of two of Tuck’s most eminent professors.

Among the many highlights of this year’s Tuck Investiture was the recognition of two of Tuck’s—and the world’s—most eminent professors.

Vijay Govindarajan, the Coxe Distinguished Professor of Management, and Ken French, the Roth Distinguished Professor of Finance, each received the Overseers’ Medal, one of the most distinguished honors the Tuck School of Business bestows.

Presented by Dean Paul Danos and Board of Overseers Chairman Christopher J. Williams T’84, each medal came with an accompanying tribute to each honoree. Below are excerpts from both citations, as well as a link to the full text.

Vijay Govindarajan
“Professor Vijay Govindarajan, affectionately known as VG, is one of the world’s most respected and influential scholars of strategy and management. He has written best-selling books, coined business terms commonly used today, advised countless leaders of Fortune 500 companies, and taught and inspired thousands of students from the undergraduate level to senior executives. For the past 30 years, Tuck has been VG’s home base for all this work, and the school has benefited immeasurably in both its stature among business schools and its global reputation as a place where thought leaders thrive.” Read the citation.

Ken French

“Professor Ken French is a luminary in the field of finance who raises the intellectual standard of the entire school. Moreover, he is a gifted teacher who demands clarity of thought from his students and genuinely cares about their learning. In this way, Professor French is the embodiment of Tuck’s ideal scholar/teacher. He has also been extraordinarily generous to Tuck with his time and resources, and for that Tuck is exceedingly fortunate and grateful.” Read the citation.

Congratulations to Vijay Govindarajan and Ken French from the entire Tuck community!