Deloitte Foundation Classroom Unveiled

November 15, 2019

Tommy Phillips speaking at classroom unveiling

Dept. chair, Tommy Phillips, speaking at classroom unveiling

BATON ROUGE –  To honor the contributions of Deloitte employees and the Deloitte Foundation, the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business recently unveiled the new Deloitte Foundation Classroom in the Business Education Complex.

The naming is a result of a grassroots fundraising initiative involving more than 200 individual donors and a generous employer match of their contributions in support of the construction of the Business Education Complex.

The Deloitte Foundation and Deloitte employees have a profound impact on the E. J. Ourso College of Business.

“The Department of Accounting values its relationship with Deloitte and its employees,” said Tommy Phillips, chair of the Department of Accounting. “Naming a classroom is significant and is just one way that Deloitte and the Deloitte Foundation support the department and the college. Looking beyond philanthropy, our alumni base within Deloitte continues to grow; I attribute that to the work that the company does to connect with students throughout their time in the college.”

Deloitte employees also play active roles as volunteers. Over the years, this has included service on the Dean’s Advisory Council and the Department of Accounting Advisory Board. Deloitte employees have spoken to classes and student organizations, conducted mock interviews, and helped prepare student teams for various Deloitte-sponsored case competitions.

The naming of this classroom was made possible by donations from our passionate alumni at the firm and the support of the Deloitte Foundation,” said Patrick Brandau, New Orleans managing partner.  “We are excited to be the first professional services firm to support the college through a classroom naming and are looking forward to our next initiative beginning this fall.”

About the E. J. Ourso College of Business

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business