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AFIS selects Jessica Johnson Frazier as 2009 distinguished alum

l-r: Matthew Jarboe and Jessica Frazier

EKU's Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems is pleased to announce that Dr. Jessica Johnson Frazier has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2009.

Dr. Frazier was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 3, 2009, at the annual College of Business and Technology Professional Skills Conference senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Dr. Frazier is an accounting faculty emerita and retired Chair of the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems. After earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Eastern, she returned to EKU as a member of the accounting faculty in 1986, rising to the position of department chair of accounting and later the department of accounting, finance and information systems. She completed her doctorate in business administration at the University of Kentucky in 1990, focusing on the effect of proposed taxation of unmined coal property.

During her more than two decades of service to the University, Dr. Frazier strengthened the bonds with the Richmond community. She was actively involved with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and is a past president of the Richmond Rotary Club. For her many contributions she was named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club Board in June 2000.

The Annual ‘Meeting of the Minds’ conference, for accounting professionals, was conceived and championed by Dr. Frazier. The conference grew into a popular venue for accountants statewide to maintain their certification requirements. She was actively involved with the American Accounting Association in a variety of capacities including president of the southeast section and regional coordinator of the international section.  Her professional involvement included membership in the Institute of Management Accountants.

First and foremost, Dr. Frazier was a consummate educator.  She loved to influence young minds as they took their first management accounting course.  A large number of EKU students would not have succeeded without her active console.  She was a very early adopter of the internet in accounting education and actively supported the integration of Forensic Accounting into the curriculum—before most people even knew what is was.  Her most important contribution though was in bringing many student-oriented educators to EKU as faculty members.  Dr. Frazier’s legacy will include her continuing efforts to discover and employ a number of female colleagues into a profession that for many years was a male domain.  Her significant impact on accounting education stands as a testament to her love for and professional commitment to Eastern Kentucky University.

Dr. Frazier and her mother Dean Johnson, reside in Pineville, North Carolina south of Charlotte; and near her son, Forrest, daughter-in-law Jayne and her grandson Jess.

Congratulations, Dr. Frazier, on being selected as the 2009 Distinguished Alumna representing the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Mr. Matthew Jarboe was selected as the AFIS departmental distinguished senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2008-09 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

Published on April 03, 2009

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