Hard work and dedication are paying off for thirtysomething management professor James Summers who was just named one of the “World’s Best 40 Under 40 MBA Professors” by Poets & Quants, the go-to website for prospective MBA students and authority on all-things MBA.

More than 2,000 faculty were nominated from top universities across the globe. Candidates were chosen based on their research acumen and teaching prowess.

Of those nominated, Summers was a favorite of the selection committee.

“Summers was an easy pick for this year’s list,” said Nathan Allen, writer for Poets & Quants. “An adept researcher, Summers also received nearly 50 glowing reviews from faculty, administrators, students and alumni from the Ivy College of Business.”

Summers, the Max S. Wortman, Jr. Professor of Management, joined the Ivy College of Business in 2012. Since that time, he has worked to create an inclusive classroom atmosphere that provides students with broadly applicable knowledge.

“Our programs would not be as successful without Jim,” said Jackie Rees Ulmer, Union Pacific Professor of Information Systems and associate dean for professional masters programs. “He is not only one of our most popular professors, but he also serves as the faculty director of our full-time and professional MBA programs. He is an accomplished researcher and an all-around great colleague.”

Similar sentiments were expressed by all of the students and colleagues who submitted feedback for the nomination process.

Danny Beyer (‘16 MBA) wrote, “Jim was a pivotal component of my entire MBA experience.  He set the foundation for the program and his general compassion and mentorship extended beyond just his classes.  I am proud to have been one of Jim’s students and am honored to call him a friend.  I can’t think of a more deserving individual for this prestigious award.”

Sid Ramsey (‘95 MBA), vice president of strategic business development for UnityPoint Health, added,” What is impressive about Jim is his enthusiasm and passion for teaching, research and preparing his students for the practical, real-life world of business.  He is always looking to make things better, whether it is in the classroom or with the graduate program overall. He’s an asset to Iowa State University, the Ivy College of Business and a gift to his students.

Summers holds an MBA from Missouri State University and a doctorate in organizational behavior and human resource management from Florida State University. He attributes much of his success to mentors he’s had throughout his career.

“I feel truly honored and humbled,” Summers said. “I owe an overwhelming debt of gratitude to the students, alumni, faculty and administration of the Ivy College of Business.