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College of Business

Patrick O'Shaughnessy

Patrick R. O'Shaughnessy, MBA CPA
Deceased November 29, 2013

Emeritus Professor 2000
Department of Accounting

Ellensburg

O'Shaughnessy Roast and Toast, 2011

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CWU honors Patrick O'Shaughnessy with Endowed Professorship

In honor of Patrick O'Shaughnessy's commitment to teaching and preparing students to enter the accounting profession, CWU's College of Business (formerly school of business and economics) has created an endowed professorship in his name. The P.R. O'Shaughnessy Executive Professor of Accounting is being funded through $250,000 in donations, matched by an equal sum from the state. It will provide an endowed source of funding for distinguished professors to continue the CWU accounting tradition.

Dr. Roy Savoian, dean of the CWU College of Business, notes the endowment is an important recognition of O'Shaughnessy's contributions to the high academic quality that has become synonymous with Central's accounting program. "More significantly, it provides tangible acknowledgement of the O'Shaughnessy legacy and the role Pat played in the successes enjoyed by many CWU accounting alumni," Savoian said. "Pat's dedication to the accounting program and commitment to its students will continue through the endowment."

Mark W. Pearson, a 1973 CWU graduate, now a partner with Ernst & Young at its Cleveland headquarters, helped create the endowment because of the undergraduate education he received at Central. "I've been successful beyond anything I ever imagined when I first walked into Central as a student," Pearson said. Pearson further noted: "I'm not so sure my career would have been so successful if it hadn't been for Pat's program. He brought a life experience to what it's like to be in the trenches, what you need to know and, more importantly, an appreciation for the hard work it takes."

In 1982, O'Shaughnessy was named CWU Distinguished Teaching Professor. He retired in 1999. The O'Shaughnessys live on 12 acres near the Tucannon River between Pomeroy and Dayton.