Albers is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. As of July 2014, less than five percent of the world’s business schools and less than one third of U.S. business schools have achieved business accreditation from AACSB.
Dave Tinius has been a member of our faculty since 1971 and retired at the end of this academic year. Dave was a Professor of Accounting and instrumental in the founding and building of our accounting program. The program has come a long way while Dave has been at SU, where today it is ranked as a Top 20 program by
US News and World Report
Dave served as department chair for 18 years between 1977 and 2003, so no one has had more to do with the advancement of the program than Dave Tinius.
Dave is responsible for many of the distinguishing features of our Department of Accounting. He founded our Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) chapter back in the 1970's, and today it has received Gold Chapter Awards for the last four years (awards that go to a few of the top chapters in the nation). BAP is the accounting academic honorary, and Dave not only was critical to the development of our campus chapter, but in the 1980's he was highly active in BAP at the national level, serving on the Board of Directors and as BAP National President. It was a critical time in the history of BAP, as there was a move to make BAP more dominated by the major accounting firms as opposed to a balance between academe and industry. Fortunately, for thousands of accounting students, the latter approach prevailed and the distinctive professional formation that BAP promotes continues to this day.
Dave was also critical in establishing the Accounting Awards Banquet, which recognizes our outstanding accounting students and just celebrated its 43
year, making it one of the longest on-going traditions at SU (see my blog on My 30
for more information on this tradition!).
Dave was also involved in the founding of the Accounting Associates, which then because the Department of Accounting's advisory board. The board has been a vital source of support for the department for many years, and the department would not be where it is today without the assistance of the board.
Other important accomplishments over the years included the founding of our Volunteers in Tax Assistance (VITA) program and our Master of Professional Accounting (MPAC) program. The former assists hundreds of low income households with their federal income tax filing and garners them several hundred thousand dollars in tax benefits and savings. The latter is one of our Top 20 programs!
And then there is the Pacioli Society. This was an initiative to recognize the 500
anniversary of Luca Pacioli's publication of a treatise on double-entry bookkeeping. This was an extraordinary undertaking led by Dave and colleagues Bill Weis and Chauncey Burke. The Society produced a video, held international symposia in Italy, and published a new translation of the treatise, among other things, but perhaps the Society's proudest moment was the appearance of its story on the front page of the
Wall Street Journal
, later to be included in the anthology, "Dressing for Dinner in the Naked City and Other Tales" from
The Wall Street Journal's
"Middle Column." It also spawned a series of study tours to Pacioli's birthplace, Sansepolcro, Italy, which took place every summer for many years.
On June 30
we held a gathering to honor Dave's many contributions to Seattle University and the legacy he has created through his work with our students and alumni. Family, friends, alumni, and colleagues gathered at the La Spiga restaurant, with the Italian theme an appropriate reminder of Sansepolcro.
A number of colleagues stepped forward to offer commentary at Dave's expense. Barb Yates, Professor Emerita of Economics, fellow department chair, and frequent collaborator on the Sansepolcro trips, noted Dave's persistence and determination, his attention to detail, his "suave" way of proceeding, and his ability to not only dream big, but to make those big dreams happen.
Bill Weis, once an accounting professor working with Dave in the Department of Accounting, but now Professor of Management, filled in some of the history, including Dave's impact on BAP at the national level, as well as important details about the Pacioli Society. In particular, he assured the audience that when the impending anniversary was discovered by Bill, and the brainstorming got going, it was all in good fun and not meant to be serious. Except Dave took it seriously, would not let go of it, dragged everyone into it, and the rest is history! Bill finished out by naming Dave the "Pacioli of the Seattle University accounting program!"
Others spoke of Dave's integrity and honesty, his leadership ability and critical role in building up the accounting department, and his care for others.
Throughout the evening the name of John Moga kept coming up. John, a SU accounting alum and Managing Partner for Arthur Andersen in Seattle for many years, is a longtime supporter of our accounting program. He provide critical support to our fledgling program, including convincing Fr. Bill Sullivan, SU president at the time, that it would be ok for the department to receive financial support from the accounting community. If Dave was the academic leader of our accounting program, John Moga was the equally important professional community leader!
Thank you, Dave Tinius, for everything you have done for Seattle University and the Albers School, especially for your critical role in building up our outstanding accounting program!
This year was the 13
year of the Albers Executive Speaker Series. The series brings top business leaders from the Puget Sound and elsewhere to campus to speak to SU students.
This year is also the 35
anniversary of the
Puget Sound Business Journal
. To mark the occasion, the
identified the 35 most influential business leaders in the Puget Sound over the last 35 years.
While the speaker series does not go back 35 years, it is interesting to see how the two lists overlap. It turns out that fourteen of the business leaders identified by the
have also participated in the speaker series. This includes Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz (#4 on the
list), Costco's Jeff Brotman and Jim Sinegal (#7), former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (#9), and Bellevue real estate developer Kemper Freeman (#10).
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at the Albers Executive Speaker Series:
Just about every speaker has proven to be a good role model
for Albers students and a leader you want to expose students to! One exception to that would be Kerry
Killinger, former CEO of WAMU, who was #13 on the Journal list. Remember the list is identifying influential
leaders, not necessarily admirable leaders or leaders who did not lose their
way. Killinger spoke in May, 2003, long
before the demise of WAMU and arguably before the organization started to stray
from a sustainable path.
Some people on the Journal list have spoken more than once –
that would include Howard Schultz, Jim Sinegal, former Alaska Air CEO Bill Ayer
(#16), Phyllis Campbell (once as CEO of the Seattle Foundation and once as Vice
Chair with JP Morgan) (#20), and #32 Sally Jewell (as REI CEO). Alan Mulally (#15), who recently retired as
CEO of Ford Motor Company, is scheduled for his second visit in October. The first time he spoke he was CEO of Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. Schedule for
April, 2016 for the first time is Richard Barton (#11), founder of Expedia and
Others that we have been fortunate to have in the series
include PACCAR’s Mark Pigott (#23), Tomio Moriguchi from Uwajimaya (#24), and wireless
guru John Stanton (#29).
I often tell students and parents that Seattle is a great
town for a business school to be in.
What more proof do you need than the Albers Executive Speaker Series and
the great business leaders our students get to hear from!
The 2015 Commencement of Seattle University took place on June 14
. Among the 1700 university graduates were 284 undergraduate and 247 graduate students from the Albers School. The latter group included our first Bridge MBA class, which we launched in September, 2013. Our faculty and staff are very proud of all these students and have high expectations for them. We know they will go out to live the Albers mission --
be exceptional values-driven business leaders committed to the Common Good!
In the undergraduate commencement ceremony, Mark K. Shriver was the honorary degree recipient. Shriver is president of Save the Children Action Network, which works to end child and maternal mortality globally and to improve access to early childhood education in the US. In his remarks to the graduates, Shriver drew upon life of his father, R. Sargent Shriver, and talked about leading a life built around love, faith, and hope.
In the graduate ceremony, the honorary degree recipient was Killian Noe, founder of Recovery Café. Recovery Café serves people recovering from experiences with addiction, mental illness, and homelessness. In her remarks, she reminded graduates of the importance of identifying their gifts and understanding what the gifts of others are, then collaborating to make the best use of everyone's talents. Second, she reminded that shortcomings are ok, and God often has a way of making good use of them if we are open to it. Third, she observed that while we have come a long way, there is still a lot of discrimination and privilege in our society, so there is plenty of work to do "to level the playing field."
We have some really exceptional students in the Albers School, and two received special recognition at graduation. Kim Pugilese received the Paul A. Volpe Award, which goes to the undergraduate student with the strongest academic record. Volpe was the founding dean of the Albers School and served from 1947 to 1966.
Chang "Crystal" Yu received the Jerry A. Viscione Award, which goes to the graduate student with the highest level of academic achievement. Crystal graduated with her Master of Professional Accounting degree. Viscione was dean of the Albers School from 1988 to 1997.
Congratulations to all our graduates in the Class of 2015! We are very proud of you!
John Dienhart, the Frank Shrontz Endowed Chair in Professional Ethics, is retiring from Seattle University at the end of this academic year. John has been on our faculty since 1999, and prior to that spent 20 years on the faculty of St. Cloud State University.
As the Shrontz chair, John has done much to cement and promote the commitment to business ethics of the Albers School. He launched the Albers Business Ethics Initiative, which evolved into our Center for Business Ethics. He has organized and hosted international conferences on our campus, developed many ethics workshops for the business community, and overseen the evolution of Albers Ethics Week. He has also served as director of the Northwest Ethics Network and frequently providing expert commentary to the press on business ethics topics.
Of course, John has also been very successful in the classroom, teaching many of our graduate business students over the last 15 years. He is also highly regarded among his academic peers around the country. He is past president of the Society for Business Ethics and served as a fellow of the Ethics Resource Center. John has also published four books, a number of articles, and made many presentations on ethics and leadership in business.
On June 13
we held a dinner to recognize John's many contributions to the Albers School and Seattle University, with his family and a number of colleagues in attendance. Several of our faculty thanked John for being a mentor and wise colleague. They appreciated his ability to listen to their concerns and to always see the positive in a situation. They also lauded him as a voice of reason in important discussions that have taken place in the Albers School. They also thanked him for his courage, not afraid to say something difficult that needed to be said, and always finding a respectful way to say it.
When it came time for John to speak, he recalled that when he first
entered his doctoral program at the University of Illinois, he received a
letter from the department stating, "we have found you to be deficient
in ethics." It was not referring to a character flaw, but the fact that
in his undergraduate philosophy training he had somehow missed taking
an ethics class. Now, as a graduate student he had to take that ethics
class, and as they say, "the rest is history." Intending to focus on
analytical philosophy, he switched to ethics, and lucky for us! A good
business ethicist is hard to find!
Among the attendees, we were fortunate to have Frank Shrontz, former CEO of Boeing and the namesake of our ethics endowed chair (which was funded by Boeing). Frank has been very supportive of John's work, making financial contributions to support the Albers Business Ethics Initiative as well as the Center for Business Ethics. We are blessed to have the support of someone so universally respected as Frank, who serves as a great role model for our students and alumni.
Thank you, John, for everything you have done for Seattle University and the Albers School, and especially for you work with our students and alumni!
Annual Accounting Awards Banquet took place on May 29
. Nineteen scholarship awards and eighteen other awards were presented to our accounting students. The awards recognized academic excellence, leadership demonstrated in Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), service as accounting tutors, and service in the Volunteers in Tax Assistance program.
This was Bruce Koch's last year to preside at the banquet as Department Chair. Bruce is handing the gavel (literally, that is what he did!) to Chips Chipalkatti, who starts as department chair on July 1. Bruce has done a terrific job leading the department over the last seven years, and many significant improvements and innovations have occurred on his watch. These include new programs in valuation and internal audit, increased recognition in national rankings, and consistent national recognition for our BAP chapter.
Like an outgoing President handing out Presidential Pardons, Bruce decided to bestow four Chair Awards this year, all well deserved. One went to advisory board member and adjunct professor Dave Duffendach, one to incoming department chair Chips Chipalkatti, one to Department Chief Operating Officer Jani Medieros (aka department administrative assistant), and one to retiring faculty member Dave Tinius.
Of course, Dave (aka "Tinman") is a legendary figure in the department and the Albers School, having served as a faculty member at SU since 1971. In addition to serving as department chair for many years himself, he founded the Accounting Awards Banquet. At 43 years it is one of the longest standing traditions at SU! He also established our Beta Alpha Psi chapter at that time and even served as President of the national Beta Alpha Psi organization, a huge honor and responsibility.
Much of the evening was spent reviewing the 44 year history of Dave at SU and the accounting department, since they are so intertwined. Suffice it to say, much has changed since the 1970's as the department has developed into the outstanding program it is today. Dave had much to do with that, as did the other department chairs along the way - Bill Weis, Susan Weihrich, and Bruce. Chips is sure to continue that tradition.
Dave is such a revered figure among alumni that we were able to establish an endowed Professorship in his name thanks to their contributions! Today, Chips is the holder of the David E. Tinius Endowed Professorship in Accounting.
version of the Accounting Award Banquet was a great event. It allowed us to celebrate the achievements of our accounting students, to honor a legendary faculty member, and to reflect on the storied history of our Department of Accounting!
Leo Simpson, our Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, is retiring from Seattle University at the end of this academic year. Leo is closing out eight years at SU and an amazing
as a university professor at four different institutions - SU, Western Kentucky, Eastern Washington, and North Dakota.
Leo is a pioneer and legend in entrepreneurship education. While entrepreneurs have been around for thousands of years, entrepreneurship as an academic discipline is very young, not getting any real traction until the late 1960's and early 1970's. Do the math and you will see that is when Leo was starting his teaching career!
As a teacher, Leo has won teaching awards at three different universities and instructed thousands of students in the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation, policy, and operations. He has proven to be successful at the undergraduate and graduate levels and he frequently employs a project based method in this courses. His students have garnered many awards at national competitions hosted by the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE), the National Small Business Institute, and ENACTUS (formerly Students in Free Enterprise). These awards speak to the quality of Leo's work with countless students over the years. Leo is a very student focused instructor, and students have always appreciated the personal attention they receive and the support he is willing to provide them.
During his time at SU, Leo has served as faculty advisor for the ENACTUS program, with several of his teams achieving top rankings and awards in regional and national competitions. He has also spearheaded our effort to establish a minor in entrepreneurship and then to promote that across the SU campus.
Among his colleagues in entrepreneurship education, Leo is highly regarded and known for his significant contributions to the field. He has received numerous awards and has been recognized by professional organizations as a mentor, fellow, and certified business trainer. For nearly 25 years he served on the National Small Business Institute Board of Directors and he has also served on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Small Business Institute. In recognition of his career long contributions to ENACTUS, he received the Jack Kahl Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in 2014.
On May 21
, we hosted a dinner to recognize Leo for his many contributions and accomplishments in higher education and at SU. Two themes that emerged were that Leo is a
inspirational and caring teacher
. Colleagues who were present talked about the support and encouragement they received from Leo in their work, and former students talked about how Leo focused on their success and inspired them to do things they did not know they were capable of doing. They noted the important role Leo played in their professional formation.
A few people observed that they thought Leo's "listening skills" had improved while at SU. :} Perhaps at first he came thinking he had all the answers, but soon learned he could benefit from the input of a few others every once in a while. It was also suggested that when Leo first arrived at Albers, he did not really see the point or value of advisory boards (We're big on advisory boards at Albers - we have 11 and soon will have 12!). It did not take him too long to discover the value of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Advisory Board, however, which he has been unabashed in taking advantage of in recent years! :}
Leo, thank you for everything you have contributed to SU over the last eight years and thank you for your 46 years of service to entrepreneurship education! You have had an amazing impact on thousands of students, and that is quite a legacy to have established!
Leo Simpson engaged in one of his favorite activities outside of teaching entrepreneurship!
Fred DeKay is retiring at the end of this academic year. Fred is a Professor of Economics and has been a full-time member of our faculty since 1980. Fred served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean between 1988 and 2000. Fred was also the faculty advisor for Beta Gamma Sigma from 2002 until this year. BGS is the academic honorary for business schools with AACSB accreditation. Every year Fred guided the chapter to Premier status!
On May 19
, we had a dinner to recognize Fred's many accomplishments and contributions to Albers and SU. Those in attendance noted that Fred is unflappable. They said they had never witnessed Fred get angry at others or himself. As David Arnesen put it, "20/20 is Fred's blood pressure!" That is quite a statement considering the twelve years he served in the Dean's Office where he surely fielded plenty of complaints!
Fred's time in the dean's office certainly benefitted the current dean. Having been on both sides of the table and frequently seeing that issues are often not black or white, Fred always remained subtle and understated when telling you that something was a bad idea. Few in higher education take that approach!
Fred also has the reputation of being a "good citizen." He has always been willing to do more than his fair share of the extra work we always ask faculty to do. He's the one who is happy to come in on Saturdays and Sundays for the admissions events!
A few colleagues expressed their displeasure with Fred's prowess on the basketball court and golf course. They think he's too good for his own good, although they do look forward to playing more golf with him in retirement.
What I will always remember Fred for is that he spent a long time in the Dean's Office (twelve years), where he was not doing much teaching or scholarship. When he returned to the faculty full-time, he not only had to figure out how to restore his teaching effectiveness, he also went about determining what he needed to do to be promoted to Full Professor in the way of establishing a research agenda. Both are very hard to do after you stop doing them, but Fred stuck with it and did both and he was promoted to Full Professor in 2012. That does not happen very often and serves as a great example to his colleagues!
Speaking of teaching, Fred is frequently the economics professor who alumni remember from their days at Albers, and Fred has proven he is an effective teacher at all levels - undergraduate, graduate, and executive education. Marilyn Gist noted that Fred was especially popular with our EMBA students and had a knack for figuring out exactly what they needed to know about the Dismal Science!
One other thing I will miss about Fred is that Johns Hopkins graduation gown he would wear at BGS award ceremonies and at graduation! Fred earned his PhD at Johns Hopkins and the robe is a stunning gold in color! Those ceremonies will now never be the same!
Having been a member of the SU faculty since 1980, Fred has seen some remarkable changes at SU as the university has progressed to become one of the top comprehensive universities in the West. That only happened with a lot of Fred Dekay's on campus - good citizens who were good at what they did. Thank you, Fred, for all you have done for this university!
For more on Fred DeKay, you can check out the article in the latest
(Winter/Spring, 2015; p. 10):
Fred DeKay hiking at Spider Gap in the Cascades: