Drs. Gary and Mary V. Moore Johnson made a $10,000 gift to establish the scholarship. Their gift will be matched with an additional $10,000 match through a University matching gift program.
The matching gift program is part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for a $1-for-$1 match. The goal of the Campaign is to raise $40 million for student scholarships, academic programs and renovations that benefit students both today and tomorrow.
The renewable Gary G. Johnson Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to a student with a minimum 3.75 grade point average in accounting courses and an overall minimum grade point average of 3.5. The recipient of this scholarship will be a U.S. citizen as well as a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University with a declared major in accounting with at least 12 credit hours in accounting completed. The student must also be an active member of Beta Alpha Psi and planning a career as a certified public accountant. The recipient will be a student in the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. First preference is for a student with a leadership position in Beta Alpha Psi, a native of Missouri, planning to work in auditing, and certified in Microsoft EXCEL. The Department of Accounting will select the recipient.
Dr. Gary G. Johnson has been a faculty member at Southeast since 1982. Since 2006, he has served as associate dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business. He holds the rank of professor in accounting. His principal areas of teaching and research are forensic accounting, auditing, information system and international accounting.
He has been recognized three times for the college’s most prestigious award: twice as faculty fellow in teaching and once as faculty fellow in research.
In 1998, Johnson was recognized by the Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) as Accounting Educator of the Year. During his tenure at Southeast, Johnson has served his department, college and University on numerous committees and task forces. He has authored more than 40 journal publications and is co-author of an accounting textbook.
In addition to his accomplishments as an educator, administrator and researcher, Johnson holds the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Government Financial Manager. Johnson served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Missouri Society of CPAs in 2004, becoming only the second educator selected to that position in the 98-year history of the Society. The MSCPA is the principal professional organization for CPAs in Missouri with more than 8,000 members. From 2002 through 2004 Johnson served as one of two Missouri representatives on the Governing Council of the American Institute of CPAs, the national organization for CPAs with a membership of 850,000.
Johnson has represented the college in overseas assignments to The Netherlands, Denmark, China and Uruguay. He is also the past president of two academic accounting organizations, the North American Accounting Society and the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators.
Johnson is married to Dr. Mary V. Moore Johnson, who holds a juris doctor and a Master of Business Administration, and is a retired professor of business law at Southeast.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.