The Shirley E. Droschkey Professorship

Shirley DroschkeyA 1946 business alumna, Shirley Droschkey designated part of her estate to Oregon State University to create an endowed professorship in accounting.

After graduating from OSU, Shirley became a bookkeeper for a local logging firm in her hometown of Cove in Eastern Oregon. Later she took a job teaching business classes at Cove High School, where she served as teacher and principal for 14 years. She also raised champion race horses, winning awards in five states. She passed away in 2011. Her late husband, William R. Droschkey, worked as a pharmacist in Cove. The couple's estate also benefited his alma mater, the University of Utah College of Pharmacy.

Funds from the Shirley E. Droschkey Professorship help to recruit and retain accounting faculty who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.


Roger Graham, Jr.

In 2014 professor of accounting Roger Graham became the Shirley E. Droschkey Professor. An OSU faculty member since 1990, he teaches at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels, and directs Oregon State's accounting doctoral program and Accountancy MBA program. His primary focus is financial accounting but he also has interest in tax accounting and managerial accounting.

Among his other involvements, Graham is a member of the governor-appointed Oregon Board of Accountancy and editor of the journal Advances in Accounting. Before starting his academic career, he owned and operated a construction company and worked as an accountant. He earned a bachelor's degree from Colorado State, an MBA from the University of Montana, and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Oregon. He is a Montana CPA – inactive.

"Understanding complex accounting issues really interests me," Graham said. "Accounting is like a social science. It is always changing and it affects us in many different ways."

 

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