Arkansas State University has named the inaugural chair for a new endowed professorship in accounting. Dr. Steven Muzatko has been appointed to serve as the university’s inaugural H.B. Foster Bowdon Chair of Accounting.
The Bowdon Chair was established by F. O’Neil Griffin, who committed $10 million to A-State. As part of the gift, he specified that an endowed professorship be established to honor H.B. Foster Bowdon, an Arkansas State College faculty member who taught Griffin business and accounting after returning from World War II.
“With this announcement, we bring to life in Steven the kind of real-world connection to students that Mr. Griffin imagined his gift would create,” Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said in a statement. “I know all our endowed chair holders put great value in their positions they hold, but we are extremely pleased to have a faculty member accepting this appointment who has such a keen appreciation of the special mission that we all foresee in this particular chair. Steven’s past strength as a mentor and instructor is evident in the honors he received before he joined us at A-State, and I feel confident that he will represent not only the Griffin endowment but the legacy of the Bowdon family as well.”
Muzatko holds a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a certified public accountant. After shifting away from accounting, he served in chief financial and chief executive officer roles for banking and investment interests.