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RMU Marketing Professor Earns Distinguished Educator Award 

Pittsburgh -- Robert Morris University business Professor Dean Manna, head of the Department of Marketing, has been honored with the Distinguished Educator Award at the American Marketing Association of Pittsburgh’s third annual Marketer of the Year celebration.

The award honors local, leading, and legendary marketing educators, who have made a long-term significant impact in promoting the marketing discipline in an enthusiastic and ethical manner throughout western Pennsylvania. This year’s master of ceremonies was Bill Flanagan, executive vice president of corporate relations for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development.

“Dean Manna is one of the most invested professors I've had at Robert Morris University, just because he seems to have such a personal investment in seeing what his students are capable of becoming,” said Michael Church, a student in Manna’s Sales Strategies and Techniques course.

Manna earned his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Pittsburgh, an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.S.B.A. from Gannon University. He began at RMU as an instructor in 1974 and has been the head of the Marketing Department in the School of Business since 2004. His teaching specialty is professional selling, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and he has taught marketing and management courses in Greece to business executives from the sport management industry. His research focuses on emotional intelligence and its effects on productivity and morale in the public and private sectors.

Manna holds the rank of university professor,RMU's highest academic designation.

“My goal as an educator has always been to provide as many opportunities as possible for students to succeed – to be prepared for their public and private lives,” said Manna, a university professor. “If you can create a solid foundation with students that includes a good self-esteem, provide them with insights on how to adapt to change, show them how to deal with setbacks, learn from their mistakes, and show them the importance of communicating proactively through effective listening, then you will have a graduate who will have developed the skills necessary to deal with our complex and ever-changing world.”

The American Marketing Association of Pittsburgh opens its competition to any company, agency, non-profit, individual, or government organization that developed, implemented, and sufficiently completed a marketing program in western Pennsylvania in 2009. Manna has been involved in the AMA for over 35 years now and was the past president of the Pittsburgh Marketing Association.