University of Utah professor Robert R. Sterling was one of the advisors who helped Business Month magazine select America's five best-managed companies for 1988, school officials said.

Sterling, Kendall D. Garff Professor of Business Enterprise, served on the 22-member panel with the deans of 10 of the nation's leading business schools, other management experts and top investment professionals.A highly honored accounting theoretician, he is the author of more than a dozen books on his profession. Sterling served as founding dean of the business school at Rice University from 1976 to 1980. He has been a Senior Fellow with the Financial Accounting Standards Board since 1981.

From 1967 to 1974, Sterling held several positions at the University of Kansas School of Business, including service on the five-member Chancellor's Task Force that reorganized the University. He also taught at Yale University, State University of New York, University of Southern California, University of Florida and University of Denver.

Sterling was the Accounting Research International Association's first president, a post he held from 1976 to 1979. He has been a consultant to numerous private companies and is is a double winner of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Gold Medal.