It is with bittersweet feelings that I step down as director of the School of Accountancy and MIS. The opportunity at Loyola is, of course, appealing, but leaving the school means leaving what is simply the finest accounting alumni organization in the country and likely the world. I do not say that lightly: I have been on a dozen AACSB accreditation visits to a range of accounting programs both public and private, here and abroad. No one anywhere has an organization like L&Q that gives more support in the form of providing scholarships, mentoring students, supporting student groups, and putting on high-level professional affairs for the business community than L&Q does.
I have been blessed to work with a series of fine presidents of L&Q: Dave Berek, Jenny Ciszewski, Ed Fellin, Jim Robbs and Mike Whelan. I owe them a debt of gratitude. Their leadership led directly to the raising of literally millions of dollars of support for our students and faculty. And they would be the first to acknowledge that they stand on the shoulders of giants – the members of the founding committee of L&Q. I also thank the members of the Executive Committee both past and present who did and do so much to advance the mission of the school.
Although I am moving up the road a mile and a half, I will still be a proud member of L&Q as an alumnus, a donor and a friend of the school. I will see you at L&Q events and will always be willing to help L&Q in any way I can.
God bless you all,