Auburn’s College of Business receives endowment for professorship

AUBURN – The Auburn University College of Business has received a gift from Wendy S. Wilson of Huntsville to establish a professorship endowment in honor of her first accounting professor, and current associate dean of undergraduate programs, Gary Waters. The endowment, in response to President Gogue’s charge to create 81 new professorships campus-wide for existing faculty with exceptional merit, is the second to be secured by the College of Business in two months and the first to be fully funded.

The professorship will be called the Wilson Family Endowed Professorship until Waters retires from the College of Business, and then will be renamed the Dr. Gary Waters professorship. The dean of the College of Business will award the endowment to a professor who exhibits a strong commitment to students and provides a high quality of instruction, research and service. To make the endowment one of distinction, the university will match endowment earnings up to $7,500 in perpetuity.

“There are many people who have had great influence on my life and career and I am very pleased to honor them with this endowed professorship,” said Wilson.

A 1988 graduate of Auburn with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy, Wilson is the owner, president and CEO of Aero Thermo Technology Incorporated. The company is an engineering, advisory and assistance firm with offices nationwide, providing support t o the U.S. Department of Defense since 1989. Wilson’s responsibilities include formulating company business strategy and articulating her strategic vision to the company’s directors of advanced programs, space and missile programs and engineering services. Prior to joining AT2, Wilson was a staff accountant/auditor for Deloitte & Touche in Atlanta where she inspected corporate financial records and conducted client field audits.

Wilson was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Auburn University Foundation and was selected to participate in the Lowder Visiting Executive in Residence Program in the College of Business last year.

“Wendy’s generous gift in these tough economic times is tangible proof of the Auburn Spirit,” said Paul Bobrowski, dean of the College of Business. “We are extremely grateful to Wendy for this professorship.”

The College of Business at Auburn University is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools. Less than one-third of U.S. business schools and only 15 percent of business schools worldwide meet the rigorous standards of AACSB International accreditation. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.

(Contributed by Dina Roberts.)

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