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Creighton Professor Receives Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, Alumna Recognized

Creighton University Professor Thomas J. Purcell, J.D., Ph.D., CPA, received the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award from Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary organization, at its annual meeting on Aug. 3, in Maryland. The award recognizes faculty advisors who contribute to the professional growth and development of business financial information students. McGladrey LLP, the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services, sponsors the Award.

Purcell has been a full-time faculty member in the accounting department of Creighton’s College of Business since 1979 and has served as the faculty advisor for more than 20 years. He also served as a regional director and on the board for Beta Alpha Psi. He has provided significant service to the Nebraska Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs, as well as to numerous local non-profit organizations. He also teaches continuing education programs and has published numerous articles.

Purcell said the award is really about the chapter working together efficiently, “I have been blessed with having students that want to make the chapter work, and have been fortunate to have an accounting department that encourages that success. I could not have achieved this personal recognition without the support the department, the College of Business, and Creighton University have provided over the last three decades.”

At the same meeting, Mary Pat McCarthy, a 1977 Creighton accounting graduate, received the Business Information Professional of the Year Award in recognition of her tireless efforts to improve the accounting profession. The Creighton chapter nominated McCarthy, who recently retired as vice chair of KPMG. McCarthy was one of Purcell's first accounting students when he taught part-time for the department in 1973.

In 2002, McCarthy was named Creighton University’s College of Business Alumni of the Year. Directorship Magazine recognized heras one of the Top 100 Most Influential People on Corporate Governance and in the Boardroom four years in a row from 2008 to 2011.

Beta Alpha Psi was founded in 1919 as an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. There are currently 300 chapters on college and university campuses. The Andersen Foundation established the Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 1969 in memory of Richard E. Claire.