Honoring Roger Young

Business college establishes endowed professorship in honor of Roger Young

​The Dicke College of Business Administration recently established The Roger D. Young Endowed Professorship in Accounting to honor the accounting professor emeritus who inspired countless ONU students over a period of more than three decades.

​An endowed professorship fosters teaching excellence, explains Fenton. It’s a prestigious faculty appointment with a supplement to support teaching, research and professional development needs. The supplement does not cover salary but offers an incentive above and beyond salary to enable the college to recruit a talented teacher-scholar.

​Young joined the ONU faculty in 1964 and retired in 1998. He didn’t stay retired long; he missed the interaction with students. After eight years at Bluffton University, he returned to ONU as a visiting professor emeritus in 2008.

​During his tenure at ONU, Young garnered numerous teaching awards and won ONU’s first “Professor of the Year” contest in 1975. He also served in a variety of leadership roles, including vice president of financial affairs from 1989 to 1993 and again from 2011 to 2012.

​Young earned the respect of his students and colleagues through his impeccable character and actions. His students were his top priority, as evidenced the words he typed on the top of every course syllabus: “There is nothing more important in my academic life than your success in this class.”

The college needs to raise $1.5 million to fully endow the accounting professorship. Any donation, large or small, can help the college reach its goal. If you would like to honor Roger Young and foster teaching excellence in the Dicke College of Business Administration, please contact Dacy Wilcox, director of development, at 419-772-4022 or d-wilcox.1@onu.edu