$1.7M Adkerson Foundation gift creates online MSU master’s accounting programs, minority fellowships; endows NABA chapter

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Portrait of Richard Adkerson
Richard C. Adkerson (Photo submitted)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The Richard C. Adkerson Family Foundation addresses two significant issues facing the southeastern United States with a gift to its namesake’s alma mater, Mississippi State University.

The more than $1.7 million gift will strengthen accounting education through accessibility by establishing two online graduate-level degree programs for the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy and bring fellowships to African Americans who enroll full time in the programs. Additionally, the gift endows a student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) for underrepresented undergraduate students to engage with professionals in their soon-to-be career fields of accounting, finance and related business professions.

An online Master of Professional Accountancy program and an online Master of Taxation program will now be part of the land-grant institution’s curriculum for the Adkerson School of Accountancy. Adkerson is the longtime CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), the foremost

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