Gift creates accounting chair at UNT

A $1.5 million commitment from University of North Texas alumnus Don Millican and his wife Donna Millican has established the Don and Donna Millican Endowed Chair in Accounting at the UNT College of Business.

Millican, chief financial officer at Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. in Tulsa, Okla., is a 1974 graduate of UNT.

“UNT gave me an outstanding foundation on which I have been blessed to build a successful career,” said Millican. “I attribute that foundation to the excellent teaching and the strong work ethic culture that continues to exist at UNT. I believe it is the mission of UNT, and particularly the College of Business and the Department of Accounting, to give students an educational platform that will truly change the trajectory of their lives.”

The gift allowed the College of Business to conduct a national search for a qualified chairman for the Department of Accounting.

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Ananth Seetharaman, the inaugural holder of the chair and a professor, joined UNT on Aug. 15 after serving as the Ernst & Young Distinguished Professor and chairman of the Department of Accounting at Saint Louis University. Under his leadership there, the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs gained national prominence, with rankings in the top 25 nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

Seetharaman holds a doctoral degree and two master’s degrees from Georgia State University. An award-winning teacher, his primary interests are in income taxation and managerial accounting, and he has taught at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Additionally, Seetharaman’s research has appeared in a number of high-level publications, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics and Accounting Horizons.