Knox Chair Receives Alumni Award

Staff Report

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Dr. Michael Dugan, professor and Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair of Accounting in the James M. Hull College of Business at Augusta University, was recently honored by his alma mater, the University of New Orleans, with the 2020 Accounting Department Outstanding Alumnus Award.

The award is given to alumni who have an outstanding research record, hold high positions at reputable schools, have a record of teaching excellence, are held in high esteem in the profession, in addition to their service record for their university and to their profession.

“Dr. Michael Dugan has had a very long and distinguished career in academia. Through his heavy involvement in research and teaching, he has published numerous high-quality articles in academic and professional journals, and he has influenced thousands of accounting students at several universities,” said Philip Harmelink, PhD, Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting at the University of New Orleans.

Dugan is known academically for his development of bankruptcy prediction models based on research first published in 1989. He has published more than 60 articles in both academic and professional journals. Dugan has won multiple awards throughout his education career, most recently as the recipient of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants’ 2018 Outstanding Accounting Educator Award and the Hull College Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award in 2019.

Dugan is honored to receive the award and thanked his mentors and supporters. “I am very proud of the high-quality undergraduate accounting education that I received at UNO which provided me the requisite foundation for my professional contributions as a teacher and researcher in financial accounting,” he said.

Born in Dallas and raised in New Orleans, Dugan earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from UNO in 1978 and was an assistant professor there from 1982 to 1984. He finished his Master of Accountancy in 1981 and his Doctor of Business Administration in 1982, both at the University of Tennessee.

Dugan came to the Hull College of Business at Augusta University in 2014 as the Peter S. Knox III Distinguished Chair for the Knox School of Accountancy. Prior to that, he taught for four years at the University of Southern Mississippi after serving 25 years at the University of Alabama.