The L. W. "Bill" Lane Professorship in Family Business Management

Ambassador and Mrs. L. W. "Bill" Lane, Jr., contributed funds in 1993 to establish an endowed professorship in family business management. Named for Ambassador Lane, who passed away in 2010, the professorship serves OSU's Family Business Program, which is part of the College of Business and provides information and training to family-owned and operated businesses.

Ambassador Lane, who was U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 1985 to 1989, previously served as chair of Lane Publishing Co. of Menlo Park, Calif., the original publisher of Sunset magazine and books. The company was owned by the Lane family until it was acquired by Time Warner in 1990.

In 1991, Ambassador Lane was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in the Family Business Program, and his gift supports the continuation of that tradition. The Lane Professorship provides support for a Distinguished Lecture Series, which brings visiting experts to campus to share their experience with family business students. These guest lecturers have included: George Weyerhaeuser, Jr., Ken and Joan Austin, Payson Cha, Robert "Mac" MacTarnahan, Dr. Jean Mater, Richard D. Boyd, George H. Hume, Senator Mark O. Hatfield, Patricia C. Smullin, Loran Stewart, Franco and Fabrizio Torrini, Junki Yoshida, and John Shelk.

 

Sherri Noxel

Sherri NoxelAfter a year as interim director and three years as associate director, Sherri Noxel was named director of the Austin Family Business Program and holder of the A.E. Coleman Chair in Family Business in 2011. She also was appointed the Lane Professor in Family Business Management.

Before her arrival at OSU, Noxel served as director of assessment for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and director of information and research for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida and her doctorate in higher education leadership from The Ohio State University.

 

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