The University has received a $100,000 gift from alumnus John Becic, who graduated in 1952 with a degree in accounting. With his gift, the University has established the John Becic Distinguished Professorship in Accounting within the Pamplin School of Business. Accounting professor Ellen Lippman has been appointed the inaugural holder of the new professorship. In addition, a portion of his gift will provide support for recent and future upgrades of Joe Etzel Field and the University’s baseball program.
Becic has been a strong supporter of the University and its athletic programs, especially baseball. While a student of the University, he was a pitcher for the Pilots baseball team. He had a career in accounting mostly in the Medford area. John and his wife Inez have four daughters and 13 grandchildren and currently live in the Portland area.
The Becic professorship will provide for such activities as a weekly accounting mentoring forum and a professional speaker series to develop awareness of career opportunities and create relationships among students, alumni, and local management professionals. Other plans call for a comprehensive leadership development program offered by the Franz Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation.
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