Alumnus Repays Career Guidance with Major Gift

Brent Wood's contribution to help build accountancy school of tomorrow

OXFORD, Miss. – Brent Wood’s recent gift to the University of Mississippi will help shape new construction for the institution that launched his successful 26-year career in accounting. “I went to Ole Miss without a specific major in mind,” said Wood, chief financial officer with EastGroup Properties who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancyRead the story …

Morris Stocks Named Best College Professor in 2022 Best of Oxford

Professor and administrator recognized as caring educator and mentor

OXFORD, Miss. – Morris Stocks has been named Best College Professor in The Oxford Eagle’s 2022 Best of Oxford, as determined by a vote of the newspaper’s readers. Stocks is a longtime professor and Don Jones Chair of Accountancy in the University of Mississippi‘s Patterson School of Accountancy. Noel Wilkin, UM vice chancellor and executiveRead the story …

Haleys Support Accountancy’s New Home

Naming of terrace at school's planned building will honor couple

OXFORD, Miss. – “Connective tissue” is one of the reasons Colleen and Chris Haley, of Jacksonville, Florida, have made a major gift to the new home of the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. Many of Chris Haley’s family members graduated from Ole Miss, where he also earned Bachelor of Accountancy andRead the story …

A Vision for the Future of Accountancy

Giving vehicle helps alumnus support school building fund

OXFORD, Miss. – Olen and Janet Akers, of Dunwoody, Georgia, are supporting the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi while enjoying income from their investment. With the residual of a Charitable Remainder Unitrust, the donors are establishing the Olen S. and Janet T. Akers Patterson School of Accountancy Endowment. The CRUT wasRead the story …

Helping Build the Accountancy School of Tomorrow

Hardy gift honors educational foundation donor received at UM

OXFORD, Miss. – When Larry Hardy graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1969 with a master’s degree in accountancy, he knew he wanted to provide a similarly excellent education for others by making a positive impact on his alma mater. With $50,000 to the Patterson School of Accountancy Building Fund, his most recent of many giftsRead the story …

Accounting for the Future

Wade gift helps build accountancy school of tomorrow

OXFORD, Miss. – Lifelong Disney World fan Donna Dukes Wade knows the amusement park considers itself the happiest place on Earth, but don’t tell Mickey that the University of Mississippi makes her a little bit happier. Wade, of Oxford and part-time resident of Naples, Florida, was a die-hard Rebel fan long before she graduated inRead the story …

Courtyard to be Named for Burns Family

Major support provided to School of Accountancy’s new home

OXFORD, Miss. – The courtyard of the University of Mississippi‘s new Patterson School of Accountancy home is to be named for the Burns family to honor the longtime donors’ $1 million gift toward building construction. Sheryl and Roland Burns, of Frisco, Texas, made the gift to recognize Roland, a 1982 graduate of the school, andRead the story …

Deloitte, Foundation Endow $1.5M UM Accountancy Chair

Gift helps attract, retain top faculty to renowned program

OXFORD, Miss. – Professional services firm Deloitte and its foundation are expanding support of the University of Mississippi Patterson School of Accountancy with a gift of $1.5 million to establish the Deloitte Foundation Chair of Accountancy. The new chair is funded by contributions from Deloitte partners, principals, managing directors and employees who are UM graduates,Read the story …

A $4 Billion Firm Gets Its Start at Insight Park

UM alumnus Jon Scala's business venture has grown into powerhouse company

OXFORD, Miss. – A University of Mississippi graduate has nurtured the small health care auditing company he bought and based at UM’s Insight Park in 2014 to a valuation of $4.1 billion. Through a series of strategic acquisitions and strong growth, a company that started with 40 employees has grown to employ what will beRead the story …

Alumnus Pledges $250K to New Accountancy Building

Doug Self's gift will 'create opportunities for others' at the school

OXFORD, Miss. – A Giving Day pledge of $250,000 brings the University of Mississippi‘s Patterson School of Accountancy one step closer to construction of its planned 110,000-square-foot building overlooking the Grove in heart of campus. Doug Self, a 1985 UM accountancy graduate, made the gift as part of Giving Day, a social media-heavy fundraising eventRead the story …