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Outstanding Alumni

A process of recognizing our department's outstanding alums was started in 1983. Our department's many efforts and achievements are supported by our alums. The Accountancy alums were selected based on:

  1. Their many professional achievements, and

  2. Their continued support for our department through sustained efforts to recruit our students; making presentations to our student organizations and classes; advising the department in designing new and innovative curriculum; providing financial support for scholarships, professorships and other needs; and representing our Department of Accountancy within their firms and in their professional efforts.

The names of our Outstanding Accountancy Alumni are presented along with the professional positions they held at the time of their selection.

1983-1984
Dennis R. Mogenson
Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP

1984-1985
Lloyd A. Byerhof
Partner, KPMG, LLP

1985-1986
Gerald J. Kuhn
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

1986-1987
Eileen P. Scudder
Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

1987-1988
Gaylen N. Larson
CFO, Household International

1988-1989
Peter Jokiel
VP & CFO, CNA Insurance Companies

Mural (Joe) J. Josephson
Partner, KPMG, LLP

1989-1990
Kenneth W. Banet
Partner, Grant Thornton, LLP

William Cernugel
VP & Controller, Alberto-Culver Co.

1990-1991
Ronald L. Merriman
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Charles L. Wallace
Vice President, Ameritech

1991-1992
Dean T. DuCray
President & CEO, Technical Oil Tool Corp.

Sharon M. Peterson
VP & Controller, Lake Shore National Bank

1992-1993
Herb Eldean
Entrepreneur, Eldean Marina & Yacht Sales

Roger R. Nelson
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

1993-1994
Patrick (Rick) Disney
Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP

Robert C. Johnson
President, National Bank & Trust of Sycamore

1994-1995
Thomas G. Merritt
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

1995-1996
Robert Der
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Laurence P. Wagener
Controller, Panduit Corp.

1996-1997
Kenneth B. Louderback
Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP

James R. White
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Square D Company

1997-1998
David J. Fatina
President, Financial Network Alliance of Household Int'l, Inc.

Gary Lee Longman
Partner, KPMG, LLP

1998-1999
Michael A. Cullen
President, National Bank & Trust of Sycamore

David L. Holman
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

1999-2000
Robert T. Singleton, Jr.
Partner, KPMG, LLP

William E. Tayler
Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

2000-2001
Craig Funkhouser
Partner, Crowe Chizek

James A. Hendricks
Emeritus Professor, NIU

Michael S. Joseph
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

2001-2002
Ronald A. Ballschmiede
Partner, Arthur Andersen, LLP

John R. Owings
Sr. VP & Director of Finance, Motorola

2002-2003
Ernest Iannotta
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Michael G. Strachan
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

2003-2004
Donald M. Coglianese
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Monica Sabo
Partner, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

2004-2005
Howard Blumstein
Partner, BDO Seidman, LLP

Gary L. Burge
CFO, Huron Consulting Group

Michael D. Giese
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

2005-2006
Michael R. Brown
Director of Financial Compliance and Internal Controls, Baxter International

Joseph A. DeSplinter
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Adam S. Regelbrugge
Partner, Deloitte

2006-2007
Dean Stieber
Partner, KPMG (Chicago)

Sally Webber
HSBC Professor of Accountancy, NIU

Steve Young
Managing Director, Huron Consulting

2007-2008
Ronald D. Kropp
Senior Vice President and CFO, Illinios Tool Works

Jeffrey N. Markert
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Jay Oprins
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

2008-2009
Greg Bergmann
Partner, Deloitte, LLP

Lance Smith
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Ralph Wiechert
Vice President and Director of Corporate Finance, Motorola

2009-2010
Stephen T. Hajdukovic
Partner, KPMG, LLP

Christine M. Cole
Senior VP and CFO, McDonald's USA

Russell P. Smyth
President and CEO, H&R Block

David J. Templin
Group CFO, Caterpillar

2010-2011
Michael R. Brown
Director of Financial Compliance and Internal Controls, Baxter International

Joseph A. DeSplinter
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Adam S. Regelbrugge
Partner, Deloitte

2011-2012
Patrick J. Burke
Chairman and CEO,
HSBC Finance

Erica O'Malley
Partner, Grant Thornton

Matthew A. Sapp
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Richard A. Thompson
Partner, Sikich, LLP

2012-2013
Kevin W. Cleary
Managing Partner,
Fort Dearborn Partners

Melvin L. Flowers
Corporate VP, Internal Audit, Microsoft

Joseph M. Steger
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

John F. Wonak
Managing Partner,
Sea Level Advisory Group

2013-2014
John Hepp
Partner, Grant Thornton

John H. Kemnitz
Partner, KPMG, LLP

William M. LeRoy
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

Marc L. Werner
CEO, Nature's Sleep

Elizabeth J. Young
CFO, Perspectives Charter Schools


Young Alum Award

In addition to the Outstanding Accountancy Alumni, the department also has a Young Alum Award. In 1995, a Young Alum Award was added in order to recognize recent alumni who are achieving professional successes, and who are providing essential support for many activities of our department.

1995-1996
Lorrie Zogg-Stork
CFO, Duff & Phelps, LLC

1997-1998
Jody Lyn Taylor
Controller, Racing Champions, Inc.

1998-1999
Julie Hansberry
Controller, Elco Textron Company

1999-2000
Mark A. Kramer
Director of Finance-National Account Solutions, Alliant Food Service

2001-2002
Lance J. Smith
Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP

2002-2003
Jeffrey J. Johnson
FASB Professional Fellow

2003-2004
James F. Wong
President, Garelli, Wong & Associates

2004-2005
Julie B. Sassano
National Director-Campus Recruiting Operations, KPMG, LLP

2005-2006
Matthew E. Garling
Senior Manager, Protiviti

2006-2007
Robert V. McGann
Group CFO - Leveraged Credit, Guggenheim Partners

2010-2011
Ryan J. Hayman
VP, HSBC

2012-13
Aaron D. Forsberg
Financial Analyst, John Deere & Co.


Honorary Alum Award

In 2008, a Honorary Alumn Award was added in order to recognize individuals who have had a significant impact on the Department of Accountancy with their time and/or support, as well as a successful professional career.

2008-2009
Donald Kieso
Emeritius, NIU Accountancy Department KPMG Peat Marwick Professor

George Krull
Partner, Grant Thornton

Rawley Thomas
President, Life Cycle Returns Technology

2009-2010
John H. Engstrom
KPMG Professor Emeritus, NIU

Richard J. Anderson
Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

2010-2011
Harry Wright
NIU COB Professor Emeritus

2011-2012
Patrick R. Delaney
NIU Accountancy Professor and Chair Emeritus

John R. Simon
NIU Accountancy Professor Emerius

2012-2013
Kapila K. Anand
Partner, KPMG, LLP

2013-2014
Barry L. Shaw
Partner, Wolf & Co.