Drs. Gary and Mary Johnson of Jackson, Mo., made a $10,000 gift to endow the fellowship.
The fund will recognize, support, recruit and retain exceptionally meritorious faculty members in accounting who have demonstrated or demonstrate the potential for significant accomplishments in teaching, scholarly activities and service to the accounting profession.
Any regular, full-time accounting faculty member (tenured, tenure track or continuing) in the Department of Accounting in Southeast’s Donald L. Harrison College of Business who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) will be eligible. Membership in the Missouri Society of CPAs (MSCPA) is required, and American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) members are desired. Preference will be given to an accounting faculty member who is actively involved in the MSCPA or the AICPA and/or provides strong evidence of ties to the practicing accounting community. Recipients will use the fellowship funds for professional development through travel, research or purchase of materials, hardware or software supporting teaching and scholarly endeavors.
Dr. Gary Johnson has been a faculty member at Southeast since 1982, serving as associate dean of the Harrison College of Business since 2006. He holds the rank of professor in accounting. His principal areas of teaching and research are forensic accounting, auditing, information systems 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, he was recognized by the 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 more than 40 journal publications and is co-author of an accounting textbook. In addition to his accomplishments as an educator, administrator and researcher, he holds the following certifications: Certified Public Accountant (1984), Certified Management Accountant (1985) and Certified Government Financial Manager (1997). Johnson served as chairman of the MSCPA board of directors 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.
Johnson has represented the college in overseas assignments to The Netherlands, Denmark, China and Uruguay. He also is past president of two academic accounting organizations: the North American Accounting Society (2003-2004) and the Missouri Association of Accounting Educators (1995-1996). Johnson is married to Dr. Mary Moore Johnson, JD, MBA, professor of business law at Southeast.