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“We have a shared value in this school to help students become young professionals who give back,” Tripp says. “These [endowed professorship] funds have provided a resource for me to reward them for their commitment of time and energy to all of the extra things that they do.”

John Tripp, School of Accountancy

University teaching is about more than helping students prepare for professional success. It’s also about empowering them to put their skills to work for the greater good.

John Tripp, the John J. Gilbert Endowed Professor in the Daniels College of Business, delights in the enthusiasm his students bring to their studies and to the world outside the classroom. “There are a lot of excellent students in this school who are looking for ways to make a contribution to the community,” says Tripp, a professor in the School of Accountancy. “All I’ve done is to provide them with a structure to flourish.”

Tripp advises the Alpha Zeta Chapter of the Beta Alpha Psi Professional Accounting Society and coaches the Deloitte Tax Case Team. The latter has done so well that it received monetary awards that were then turned into scholarships for accounting students. Tripp also advises DU’s student Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which helps international students, among others, wrestle with the complexities of their tax forms.

“We have a shared value in this school to help students become young professionals who give back,” Tripp says. “These [endowed professorship] funds have provided a resource for me to reward them for their commitment of time and energy to all of the extra things that they do.”

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