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Kenn B. Tacchino Named Boettner Endowed Professor in Financial Planning

tacchino professorshipKenn Beam Tacchino, professor of taxation and financial planning at Widener University, has been appointed the Boettner Endowed Professor in Financial Planning for the terms Spring 2016 through Spring 2019. This appointment is in addition to Tacchino’s tenured faculty appointment with Widener University’s School of Business Administration. It may be renewed for a three-year term at the end of the Spring 2019 term.

The professorship is supported by the Boettner Endowment, funded by the late Philadelphia insurance executive Joseph Emery Boettner. Boettner served the Widener community as a member of the Board of Trustees and a benefactor, establishing funding to support coursework and research related to financial issues that are significant to older Americans.

“This professorship is a tremendous honor for me, especially since it bears Joseph Boettner’s name,” said Tacchino. “He was very much focused on examining how the aging process interacts with wealth span, which is where my research and teaching have been focused. While I am still working out the details of my newly announced professorship, I know my work will continue to support the body of knowledge around financial gerontology.”

“This honor is bestowed on Kenn due to his ongoing record of excellence in teaching, in service to the university and to the business school, in active research and scholarly achievement and successful collaborations with business,” said Dr. Catherine Morgan, interim dean of the School of Business Administration.

Tacchino is a three-time winner of the Widener University School of Business Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award. He served for more than two decades as director of the Master of Taxation and Financial Planning Program. Currently, he serves as chair for the Department of Economics, Finance and Taxation, for which he has established a successful mentor program that connects his students to area employers. He helped develop the finance major and its required internship program and often calls upon his industry contacts to directly place students in both internships and jobs.

Tacchino has also won the School of Business Distinguished Research Professor Award. He helps disseminate the latest research in the financial planning industry as editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals, a position he has held since 2001. He reaches consumers directly with retirement advice through “RetireMentors,” a monthly column he writes for MarketWatch on the Wall Street Journal website. As a former faculty member and a consultant to The American College, Tacchino has also contributed to two textbooks, which have been used at more than 250 institutions of higher education nationwide.

Tacchino is a resident of Broomall, Pennsylvania. He received his J.D. from Western New England University and his LL.M. from Widener.

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Photo Caption: Pictured from left to right are Widener University Senior Vice President and Provost Stephen C. Wilhite, President Julie E. Wollman, Kenn Tacchino and Senior Vice President for University Advancement Linda S. Durant.