Poldoian receives Finnie award at Olin Business School

Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis has named David Poldoian as the recipient of the 2010 William C. and Glenda L. Finnie Adjunct Faculty Fund Award.

“This award recognizes exceptional adjunct faculty whose enthusiasm, teaching, and business experience combine to inspire and energize our students,” said Olin’s dean Mahendra Gupta, the Geraldine J. and Robert L. Virgil professor of accounting and management.

The award was created in 2009 by Bill Finnie and his wife Glenda who provided a generous endowment gift to recognize Olin’s adjunct professors. “We are grateful to Bill and Glenda for their continuing enthusiasm and support,” said Gupta in making the announcement.

Polodian has taught Introduction to Entrepreneurship since he began his adjunct work at Olin in 2004. During that time, Olin students have voted to honor him with the Reid Teaching Award three times.

Polodian received his BA in 1975 from Tufts University and his MBA in 1977 from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He joined Corinthian Colleges in 2004, as president and chief operating officer of its Online Learning Division and was named executive vice president and chief business development officer in 2008. Previously, Polodian served as vice president and partner at Bain and Co., president and COO of Eagle Snacks and senior strategy advisor at Anheuser-Busch.

Bill Finnie has taught strategic consulting, business strategy and marketing strategy to second-year MBA students since 1978, and was voted PMBA teacher of the year in 1996.

Finnie received his BS in applied math and computer science in 1966 from Washington University and his PhD in 1970 from the University of Pennsylvania. He had a long and distinguished career with Anheuser-Busch from 1965 to 1991 and is currently a business strategy consultant, author and columnist. Glenda Finnie has pursued a career teaching mathematics. She received her BA in math in 1966 from Washington University and her MS in 1971 from the University of Pennsylvania.