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Citadel News Service

For Release
October 10, 2002

The Citadel names professor to Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Chair

          Alvin W. Katz, clinical professor of business administration at The Citadel, has been named to the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Chair in Management Innovation.

          Named for Alvah Chapman, Class of 1942, retired chairman and chief executive officer of the newspaper publisher Knight-Ridder Inc., the Alvah Chapman Chair was created in 1989 to bring business executives with management experience to The Citadel to teach and to foster networking in the local business community.

          Katz has been a member of The Citadel faculty since 1996. He holds a bachelor of science in business from The Citadel and a master of science from Georgia Tech. He is the former president and chief operating officer of Ellmans Inc., a jewelry chain in the greater Atlanta area. He is also founding president of Next Level, a consulting company known in the Charleston community for coaching individuals to improve their skills and developing organizations to improve their processes.

          "He has extensive experience in leading a very successful company, has dedicated his services to The Citadel for six years and is a remarkably innovative teacher," said Earl Walker, dean of the School of Business. "He has helped cadets develop leadership and salesmanship skills and been a liaison between faculty and staff and business leaders in the greater Charleston community. We are privileged to have him!"

          As the Chapman chair holder, Katz will provide a real-world perspective in teaching and develop and coordinate business enrichment opportunities for members of The Citadel community.

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