When you think of accounting at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, one man immediately comes to mind. Therefore it’s only fitting that Dave Ganz, assistant professor emeritus of accounting and associate dean emeritus, becomes the first inductee into the College of Business Administration’s newly created Accounting Hall of Fame.
Ganz will be inducted as the inaugural member during the UMSL Department of Accounting Celebration of Success Oct. 26 at Edward Jones in Des Peres, Mo. Also that evening, more than 30 recipients of accounting scholarships will be recognized.
“I am very honored to be the initial inductee into the UMSL College of Business Administration’s Accounting Hall of Fame. Alumni members of the college’s Accounting Advisory Board inaugurated this recognition; and I can think of no greater honor than to be chosen by them to receive this significant recognition. It is a wonderful feeling,” said Ganz of University City, Mo.
Ganz, respectfully referred to by many of his peers in the college as “Mr. UMSL,” has impacted thousands of accounting students over the past 40 years. He began as an accounting instructor in 1966, during the university’s infancy. He, along with his colleagues, helped create and establish the department and college, and turn them into the nationally accredited and recognized academic units they are today.
Tom Migneron, a principal at Edward Jones and 1982 accounting alumnus, serves on the Accounting Advisory Board. Migneron said inducting Ganz into the Accounting Hall of Fame is just a small way to show the impact he’s had on accounting and UMSL.
“Dave has left such a lasting impression on his students, not only through his enthusiasm as an instructor, but through keeping in contact with so many of the accounting alumni,” Migneron said. “His contributions to both the university and to the St. Louis area are significant, so it’s only appropriate that he is the first inductee to the hall of fame.”
Ganz earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Saint Louis University. Since joining the faculty at UMSL, he’s served as dean of student affairs, coordinator of the accounting program and associate dean and director of undergraduate studies in the College of Business Administration. After retiring in 2002, he stayed on part-time as alumni coordinator for the college.
“Many of our accounting alumni have done quite well, holding major positions with some of the largest of companies,” he said. “It is humbling to think that my colleagues and I have had some small role to play in providing these alumni with some of the tools necessary for their major successes.”
During his post-graduate studies, Ganz conducted research on the development of the CPA profession in Missouri. His research efforts served as partial background for the monograph published by the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants as part of its 75th anniversary celebration. In appreciation and recognition of his contribution, the MSCPA Board of Directors voted to bestow honorary membership on him in 1983.
Ganz said he’s seen many changes in the field of accounting over the last 40 years, primarily in response to users’ needs.
“The accounting profession has changed considerably in the past half century,” he said. “Technology and an increasingly global perspective have significantly fueled many of these major changes. The challenge for our accounting program has been to keep abreast of these changes and revise our curriculum accordingly. I believe we have been able to successfully do so.”
The UMSL Department of Accounting Celebration of Success will be an annual awards program honoring scholarship recipients. In addition, each year UMSL accounting alumni, professors and supporters who have distinguished themselves in the field of accounting will be inducted into the UMSL Accounting Hall of Fame. Edward Jones is located at 12555 Manchester Road. Networking will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the program will start at 6:30 p.m.