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Long-time business professor named ‘Icon of Education’

March 31, 2014

Ingram’s Magazine recognized Emporia State University’s Dr. John Rich as a 2014 Icon of Education for his commitment in the classroom.

Dr. John RichSince 2009, Ingram’s has honored the region’s top administrators, researchers and classroom instructors with its Icons of Education program. This year, Rich was selected for his dedication to excellence in the School of Business at Emporia State University. Rich has been a faculty member at Emporia State since he accepted an instructor position in 1968. He currently serves as a professor of accounting and the director of Student Affairs and Alumni in the School of Business.

“I found the recognition by Ingram’s to be a great and very pleasant surprise,” Rich said. “I am honored to have been chosen and believe that I represent the many faculty at Emporia State who are deserving of this recognition.  To be included with the past and present recipients of this award is a humbling honor, and one that I will always treasure.”

Dr. Rich’s dedication to the field of accounting and to Emporia State University have earned him a variety of roles over the years. In addition to serving as a professor in the School of Business, Rich has served as department chair, acting assistant vice president of academic affairs, both associate dean and interim dean for the School of Business, faculty athletics representative and in a variety of campus and community-wide committees and leadership positions.

During his time as associate dean, the School of Business achieved AACSB International Accreditation, a mark of distinction held by less than 5 percent of all business schools in the world.

Rich explained, “Earning the accreditation was a 20-year process of continuous improvement which involved many stakeholders. Being a part of the faculty and administrative team that achieved accreditation for our School, I believe, will be the most significant and long-lasting contribution.”

“Dr. Rich has impacted the lives of many with his commitment to students and passion for education,” said Dr. Kristie Ogilvie, dean of the School of Business. “Many of our graduates stay connected with Dr. Rich and are always eager to speak about his influence on their college experience. The School of Business is proud to call Dr. Rich one of our own, and we congratulate him on this recognition in Ingram’s Magazine.”  

Before moving to Emporia 46 years ago, Rich earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Oklahoma State University. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Texas in 1985. In his time at Emporia State, Rich has been awarded the Xi Phi Outstanding Faculty Member in 1974, a University Service Citation in 1994 and the Campus Pride Award in 1996. He has also been an author, co-author and editor of a number of regional and national journal articles.

For more information about Ingram’s and to view the full list of 2014 Icons of Education, please visit For more information on the School of Business at Emporia State University, please contact Jessica Buchholz, director of Student Services and Marketing, at 620-341-5371 or by email at



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