Hall of Fame Inductee
Miller College of Business Department of Accounting
BS Business Education,
1958; MA, 1961
In 1966—a year after Ball State earned its designation as a university and created its College of Business—Paul Parkison returned to his alma mater as a professor in the accounting department. Six years later he began his 29-year tenure as department chair, playing a leading role in growing the department, building its reputation, and helping the college achieve accreditation.
Under Parkison's leadership the accounting department grew from six to 18 faculty members and Ball State became the first public university in the state to achieve separate AACSB accreditation for its accounting program. In addition, he led the faculty and staff fundraising during Ball State's Wings of the Future capital campaign to surpass its $1 million goal in 1992, as well as the effort to endow a distinguished professorship in accounting.
Over the years, Parkison has earned recognition for leadership in many professional and volunteer arenas, including the Distinguished Service Award from the Indiana CPA Society (the first educator to receive this award); the Sagamore of the Wabash by the State of Indiana; and the Ball State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award and Benny Award.