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Eddie Richardson named chairman of accounting and finance department

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

SPARTANBURG, SC – Dr. Wm. Eddie Richardson has been named chairman of the accounting and finance department at Wofford College.

Richardson, associate professor of finance, received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in business education (M.B.E.) from Middle Tennessee State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Belmont College.

Richardson has been published in “International Education.” He also has participated in numerous seminars and conferences on a variety of topics, including accounting, finance and international studies. He has presented papers and conducted professional development seminars for International Management
Accountants and National Associated Certified Public Accounting Firms. In 1997, Richardson was awarded a grant from Institute for International Education of Students to study the European Union in western Europe.

In 2003, Richardson was appointed delegate to a conference conducted by the Denmark International Studies Program in Copenhagen, Denmark; and conducted an accounting/finance review course for Milliken & Co.

Richardson took over the chairmanship from Dr. James E. Proctor, professor of finance, who now manages Wofford’s new Success Initiative Scholars, a pilot learning community that reinforces traditional liberal arts concepts through intellectual explorations and experiences. The program combines explorations and projects that reinforce critical thinking, communications, creativity and conceptualizing. During the fall semester, the students will participate in the “explorations,” designed to guide them to higher levels of self knowledge, understanding of others, and planning for future transitions. These explorations pave the way for complementary experiences in the form of team projects.

Dr. Stephen C. Perry is a new professor of finance in the department. He is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, received his MBA from Harvard University, and his Ph.D. from George Washington University.

Wofford students can major in accounting, finance and intercultural studies for business, a collaboration with the departments of foreign language and economics.