Honoring Roger Young
Professor Roger Young left a tremendous legacy at Ohio Northern University. And his legacy will endure through The Roger D. Young Endowed Professorship in Accounting.
The Roger D. Young Endowed Professorship in Accounting
To honor Roger Young, accounting professor emeritus, and perpetuate his legacy of teaching excellence.
What is an endowed professorship?
A prestigious faculty appointment for an exceptional teacher-scholar in the accounting field.
How will the college benefit?
An endowed professorship will elevate the reputation of the college and accommodate growth in the signature program of accounting.
How will students benefit?
Highly qualified and respected professors mentor and motivate students, expose them to new opportunities and ideas, and engage them in cutting-edge research and experiential learning.
How can I help?
The college needs to raise $1.5 million to fully endow the accounting professorship. Any donation, large or small, can help the college reach its goal. If you have any questions about how you can support the professorship, please contact Dacy Wilcox, director of development, at 419-772-4022 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dicke College of Business Administration recently established this professorship to honor the accounting professor emeritus who inspired countless ONU students over a period of more than three decades.
“Professor Young was truly a master teacher,” says Dr. Jim Fenton, dean of the College of Business Administration. “He consistently delivered high-quality teaching in what, for most students, is considered a tough subject.”
The Roger D. Young Endowed Professorship in Accounting is the college’s first endowed professorship in accounting. The college needs to raise $1.5 million to fully endow the fund.
An endowed professorship fosters teaching excellence, explains Fenton. It’s a prestigious faculty appointment with a supplement to support teaching, research and professional development needs. The supplement does not cover salary but offers an incentive above and beyond salary to enable the college to recruit a talented teacher-scholar.
“We want a person to fill the endowed professorship who, first and foremost, is an exceptional teacher and, second, has a record of publishing excellent research,” says Fenton.
Young joined the ONU faculty in 1964 and retired in 1998. He didn’t stay retired long; he missed the interaction with students. After eight years at Bluffton University, he returned to ONU as a visiting professor emeritus in 2008.
During his tenure at ONU, Young garnered numerous teaching awards and won ONU’s first “Professor of the Year” contest in 1975. He also served in a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of financial affairs from 1989 to 1993 and again from 2011 to 2012.
Young earned the respect of his students and colleagues through his impeccable character and actions. His students were his top priority, as evidenced by these words, which he typed on the top of every course syllabus: “There is nothing more important in my academic life than your success in this class.”
Possessing a witty and easygoing personality, Young accomplished the seemingly impossible: He made accounting fun. He delivered lectures peppered with amusing observations, once becoming so animated talking about FIFO and LIFO accounting techniques that he lost his balance and toppled off a platform into the lap of a young lady sitting in the front row.
“He was more than a professor; he was a dear friend,” says Jeffrey Mills, BA ’72, pastor at Parkside Church in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. “He was kind, patient and gentle and exhibited a tremendous warmth and sense of humor.”
Mills recalls how Young welcomed him into his home for tutoring sessions when he missed several classes because of an athletic injury. “His actions outside the classroom provided just as powerful an example as his actions inside the classroom,” he says. “He turned students not only into competent accountants, but also into contributing human beings.”
Joanne (Griffin) Lipski, ACIT ’71, BSBA ’72, ACIT ’12, a certified public accountant and member of ONU’s board of trustees, has never forgotten one piece of wisdom Young shared with her. He told her that 50 percent of her success in life would hinge on how well she could get along with people. “ONU is a teaching institution, and professor Young is the ultimate teaching professor,” she says. “Having professors like him is what sets ONU apart.”