University of Southern Mississippi alumni and friends who are employees
of one of the Southeast's top 10 accounting firms are honoring the
contributions of two of their own with a major commitment to the
university's College of Business and Economic Development (CBED)
for its proposed new business building.
Horne CPA Group
President Hugh Parker and Board Chairman Larry Welborn have announced
the funding of the Roy and Mary Evelyn Ward Grand Hall. The gift,
in excess of $150,000, is made possible by the firm and more than
25 employees who are Southern Miss graduates or friends of the Wards
and the university.
A member of
Horne CPA Group since 1966--just four years after founding partner
William F. Horne began the practice--Roy Ward served as president
and chairman of the board from 1977-2000. Under his leadership,
the firm has become the largest accounting firm in Mississippi and
one of the top 10 in the region. He currently serves as chairman
Evelyn and I are completely overwhelmed that Horne CPA Group would
honor us in this way," said Roy Ward. "We know this new
facility will be another avenue for the university to continue attracting
outstanding students to the College of Business and Economic Development.
We are pleased to be a part of this endeavor."
Roy, a native
of Hattiesburg, and Mary Evelyn, a native of Jackson, are both 1962
graduates of Southern Miss. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting
and she earned bachelor's degrees in speech and English and was
named to the 1962 Southern Miss Hall of Fame. Throughout their association
with Horne CPA Group, they have been active in numerous church and
civic organizations including the Rotary Club of Jackson, Mississippi
Symphony Orchestra, Junior Achievement, United Way and First Baptist
Church of Jackson.
The Wards were
most recently honored as the 2004 People of Vision. Roy also is
a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,
the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants and the
Health Care Financial Management Association.
his wife, Mary Evelyn Ward, are outstanding community servants who
give freely of their time, talents and resources," said Parker.
"This commitment to The University of Southern Mississippi
is to honor their impact on so many lives."
Last May, supporters
of the College of Business and Economic Development launched a fund-raising
campaign to finance a new, 100,000-square-foot building. The college
has been in its current location in Joseph Greene Hall since 1968.
Horne CPA Group's gift will be earmarked for the lobby/grand hall
of the new building.
CPA Group is excited about the future at The University of Southern
Mississippi, and we are proud to support the College of Business
and Economic Development," said Welborn. "We believe this
contribution will honor Roy and Mary Evelyn and will challenge future
Southern Miss graduates to follow their example of leadership and
Horne CPA Group
employs more than 200 professionals comprising a total staff of
nearly 300 and serves industries from health care to construction.
Its headquarters are in Jackson, Miss., with nine offices across
the South serving clients in more than 45 states.
extremely grateful to Horne CPA Group for this tremendous gift to
the university," said Southern Miss President Dr. Shelby Thames.
"It is a huge statement of support for the future business
leaders who will come from Southern Miss. We are indeed very proud
of Roy and Mary Evelyn Ward and the distinction that they have brought
to Horne CPA Group and to the community as accomplished alumni of
of Business and Economic Development is one of five degree-granting
colleges at Southern Miss. More than 75 faculty members teach courses
to approximately 2,500 graduate and undergraduate students in 11
different majors in Hattiesburg and on the Gulf Coast.
throughout the business community in Mississippi continue to make
us proud through their accomplishments and success," said Harold
Doty, dean of the CBED. "The example set by alumni at Horne
CPA Group and their commitment to this university will surely help
us be more successful in educating future business students."