The Mary Ellen Phillips Professorship in Financial Accounting

Mary Ellen PhillipsIn 2007, Thomas W. Toomey of Evergreen, Colo., made a gift to establish an endowed professorship and expand an endowed scholarship in honor of his former accounting professor, Mary Ellen Phillips.

Phillips, who died in February 2008, taught at OSU for more than 20 years and mentored many students who went on to become business leaders, including Toomey, the president and chief executive officer of UDR, Inc., an S&P 400 company that owns and manages more than 43,000 apartment homes in targeted markets in the United States. Toomey credited Phillips with giving him the educational foundation that helped him succeed in his career.

"Since graduating from OSU, I often reflect upon the insight and professionalism that Mary Ellen bestowed upon all her students," said Toomey, '82. "It is my family's hope that this gift will assure that OSU accounting scholars continue to find the same quality education that Mary Ellen gave me."

Phillips was a pioneer in the public accounting field. She entered the profession in 1956 when the ratio of men to women was 65 to 1, and she was one of the first 1,000 women in the country to become a CPA. As an OSU business faculty member from 1973 to 1994, Phillips had a substantial impact on many students and helped shape the university's accounting department.

The endowed professorship is designed to support an OSU accounting faculty member who will build on Phillips' legacy of education and research.


Jared Moore

Jared MooreDr. Jared Moore became the inaugural holder of the Mary Ellen Phillips Professorship in 2008. An award-winning educator, Dr. Moore teaches junior and senior level courses taken by all accounting majors.

In one class, he even uses a teaching method—originally called the "Never Lose Company"—that Phillips developed more than 20 years ago in which students act as the accounting department for a fictional company for an entire accounting cycle. "It really drives home material covered in the class," Dr. Moore said. "The project has been a staple of the course ever since Mary Ellen Phillips created it."

Dr. Moore was also one of three faculty advisers who helped a team of OSU accounting students take first place in the Berntson Porter-University of Washington MPAcc Tax Competition in 2008.

His research focuses on corporate taxation and financial accounting. He worked in the private sector as a CPA for seven years and holds a master's degree in taxation and a doctorate in business administration from Arizona State University.

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