Dr. Paul W. Parkison

Honoring a Beloved Mentor


Paul W. Parkison, '58 MA '61, left a
legacy of alumni who have established
careers of significance in the business
world. In honor of his remarkable career
and lasting impact on Ball State and its
alumni, the university is embarking on 
a $3 million fundraising campaign to
rename the Department of Accounting
to the 
Paul W. Parkison Department
of Accounting.                                                                                                               

Recognizing Paul W. Parkison

Parkison’s name is synonymous with accounting at Ball State. He served as a member of the department for 35 years, 29 as chairperson. His accomplishments earned him numerous awards and recognitions, including the Sagamore of the Wabash, the first educator to receive the  Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana CPA Society, the Ball State University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award and Benny Award, the Miller College of Business Hall of Fame, and Ball State’s President’s Medal of Distinction (2014).

Impact of Your Gift 

Acclaiming Parkison’s student-centered and professionally-connected instruction and his leadership of the department, Ball State is continuing his legacy. The department will develop a master’s program with an emphasis on developing future education-oriented accounting faculty. You can further the Miller College tradition as a student-centered business school and help strengthen Parkison’s values of outstanding teaching, mentoring, and engagement with the profession. Increasing and promoting professional connections will also be a high priority, accomplished by the establishment of an Executive Professor in Residence. In his own words as he accepted the Miller College Hall of Fame induction in 2006, “Nothing you do for a young person is ever wasted. If your life has been blessed with what other persons have done for you … pay it forward to the next generation.” 

Favorite memories and well wishes for Dr. Parkison can be directed to bsualumni@bsu.edu.

Make a Gift

For your opportunity to contribute to the Paul W. Parkison Legacy Campaign, visit Ball State's online giving site and designate Special Funds and Projects, Paul W. Parkison Legacy Campaign Fund

To contribute over the phone or discuss how your gift can make a lasting impact, please call:

        Brenda Davis or Kelsey Dumoulin Kelly
Ball State University Foundation 
765-285-2549 or toll-free 888-I-GO-4-BSU 
   - or -      Mark Myring, Chairperson
 Department of Accounting
 765-285-5100

Gifts can also be mailed to: 
          Ball State University Foundation | P.O. Box 672 | Muncie, IN 47308-0672

"This is the opportunity to honor a man who has given selflessly to the university, the accounting profession, his students, and his peers. He invested his entire career in growing the accounting department at Ball State into the highly recognized program it has become. There is not a greater honor we can bestow upon him than affixing his name to the program." 
Anthony W. Smith, '68, Paul W. Parkison Legacy Campaign Chair
   Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors
   Retired Partner, Director of SASA Capital Markets Center, Ernst & Young, São Paulo, Brazil