CONTACT: FLOYD AKINS
Senior Director of Development
Henry B. Tippie College of Business
UI Foundation News
500 Levitt Center for University Advancement
Iowa City IA 52242
Phone: (319) 335-3305 or (800) 648-6973
Release: July 31, 2000
$10,000 contribution creates the Byron R. Ross Teaching Assistant Award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Friends and colleagues of Byron R. Ross have honored
the highly regarded Iowa City businessman and former University of Iowa educator
by creating the Byron R. Ross Teaching Assistant Award. The $10,000 endowment
fund will provide a $500 annual award to a teaching assistant in the UI department
of accounting who has demonstrated outstanding dedication and performance
in classroom teaching.
"This award provides an incentive for our graduate students to excel
as teachers and go the extra mile to help their students," said accounting
department chair Dan Collins. "It's an especially appropriate way to
honor Byron Ross. As an accounting instructor, he often brought insights from
his business experience into the classroom. Students also appreciated his
willingness to provide career counseling outside of the classroom."
Throughout his career, Ross, of North Liberty, Iowa, has been active in
the business and education communities of Iowa City. A Braddyville, Iowa,
native, Ross served three years in the U.S. Army before pursuing a goal to
teach high school business. He received a B.S. degree in education from Northwest
Missouri State University in 1952 and then enrolled in the master's program
at the University of Iowa. In 1953, a year before completing his degree, he
accepted a position with the accounting firm now known as McGladrey &
Pullen, where he was a partner for 27 years.
Ross retired from the firm in 1984 and returned to the University of Iowa,
where he completed his master's degree in accounting in 1986 and became an
adjunct professor from 1987 to 1995. He taught various courses, including
financial, managerial, and tax accounting to both graduate and undergraduate
His many awards include "Boss of the Year" from three different
organizations; Sertoma's Service to Mankind Award; the Chester A. Phillips
Award, given annually to honor an outstanding UI business faculty member;
the Outstanding University of Iowa Accounting Alumnus Award; and the Beta
Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Member Award. Ross has served as president and
a member of the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce and on the boards of numerous
other civic and charitable organizations. He has also supported a number of
UI programs, including the accounting department, UI athletics, and Hancher
In 1998 Ross was appointed to the 18-member Iowa Small Business Development
Centers advisory committee. From 1987 to 1995 he was the faculty advisor to
Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary accounting fraternity.
Collins expects the fund and subsequent award amounts to grow through additional
gifts from Ross's many former students, colleagues, and friends. "Byron
is well known and respected in the Iowa City community," he said. "This
award in his name supports excellence in classroom teaching, and we believe
others will want to honor Byron by contributing to a cause he has championed."
Those interested in supporting the Byron R. Ross Teaching Assistant Award
may direct their gifts to the University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550,
Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550.
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to
all areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends
to generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.