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Inside Iowa State
Mar. 06, 1998

Faculty gift endows chair in accounting

by Steve Sullivan

A $300,000 deferred gift from Roger Murphy, associate professor of accounting, has established the Roger P. Murphy Endowed Teaching Professorship in Accounting in the College of Business.

"The emphasis of this gift is on undergraduate teaching as opposed to research," said Murphy. "The professorship is designed to attract and support an outstanding undergraduate educator in accounting for the College of Business."

Murphy joined the business faculty in 1969. His research interests include not-for-profit and governmental accounting. Murphy received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins.

Murphy's gift is part of "The Drive from Within," the university component of Iowa State's capital campaign, Campaign Destiny: To Become the Best.

The Drive from Within has a goal of $10 million and currently is at $8,750,839.

"The generosity of current and retired faculty and staff is exciting," said Labh Hira, associate dean for the College of Business and co-chair of The Drive from Within. "Roger's gift exemplifies his dedication to students. Through this legacy, he will continue to make a tremendous difference in the quality of undergraduate education at Iowa State University far into the future."

Hira co-chairs the drive with his wife, Tahira Hira, professor of human development and family studies and interim associate vice provost for extension; and George and Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet, retired faculty members.

Alumni and friends may contribute to the Murphy professorship by sending contributions to the ISU Foundation.

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