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LSU E. J. Ourso College Names Tommy Phillips New Chair of Accounting

06/17/2013 11:18 AM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has announced it has named Tommy Phillips chair of the Department of Accounting. Phillips has served as the director of the School of Accountancy at Louisiana Tech University since 1995. His appointment is effective July 1.

“This is great news for the college,” said E. J. Ourso College Dean Richard D. White Jr. “Dr. Phillips has been a respected member of the Louisiana Tech faculty for nearly 30 years. 

He will be a tremendous asset for our students and for our outreach with the business community.”
According to Phillips, one of his goals for the department is to be more visibly involved with the accounting profession and other business professionals.

“In academia, it is sometimes easy for us to focus too inwardly and not spend enough time interacting with the professional business world,” Phillips said. “I believe the relationships that we forge with business professionals improve what we ultimately deliver in our classrooms, and I also believe that LSU can, in turn, offer a great deal to the business community.”

Phillips expects the Department of Accounting’s research to be recognized internationally in the academic community as it has been in the past and for the department to provide practical applications and solutions for the business world.

“The LSU Department of Accounting should be known as a world-class leader in accounting education,” Phillips said. “Of course, we want our graduates to excel in their careers with no boundaries as to what they are able to achieve.”

Phillips has several connections to LSU, and this is indeed a homecoming of sorts for him. He earned his M.S. in accounting from LSU in 1977, after earning his B.S. in accounting from the then University of Southwestern Louisiana. Phillips eldest son earned his master’s degree in accounting from LSU a few years ago and his youngest son is now at LSU following suit. The new chair’s wife even took most of her accounting courses at LSU.

“Coming to LSU is an opportunity for me to return to a university that changed my life many years ago,” Phillips said. “I taught my first accounting course at LSU when I was 22 years old.  This challenge eventually led me to change my career to accounting education. Previously, I was totally focused on a career in public accounting. While I enjoyed what time I spent in public accounting, I had found my true passion in teaching at LSU, and I soon returned to school to pursue my Ph.D., all because of the opportunity that LSU had afforded me. It seems rather fitting for me to continue my career at the university that had such a major impact on my life. Simply said, LSU lit a fire in me that has never gone out.”

Prior to his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Phillips served as an assistant professor at LSU-Shreveport and as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University. A certified public accountant, Phillips is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants. His articles have been published in many industry and professional journals, including the Journal of Accountancy and the CPA Journal. Phillips has also been published in scholarly accounting journals such as The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations & Society and Behavioral Research in Accounting.

The Department of Accounting at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business strives for excellence in teaching, research and service to the accounting profession. With a mission of producing graduates at all levels who excel in their pursuits, the department offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students for careers in various fields, including industry, auditing, finance, government and academia.

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E. J. Ourso College of Business