Department of Accounting / John A. Clinkenbeard
The Department of Accounting Scholarship was originally established in 1990. It was renamed in 1999 to honor the contributions of faculty member John A. Clinkenbeard. Mr. Clinkenbeard earned his B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and later earned his A.B.D. He was also a C.P.A. Mr. Clinkenbeard began his career as an educator in 1947 at Syracuse University in New York. He went on to teach at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, and Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, before coming to SVSU in 1969. He was an educator for 50 years and a member of the SVSU faculty for twenty-eight years.
He played an instrumental role in the establishment of the SVSU Accounting Department. Over the time of his service to SVSU, he taught every course in the Accounting curriculum. In 1985, he was honored with the Landee Award for Excellence in Teaching. Upon his retirement in 1997, Mr. Clinkenbeard received Emeritus status. The fund was created by gifts from faculty members and other donors. Mr. Clinkenbeard passed away in September 2006, in Manchester, New Jersey.