Saunders College supporters come together to honor Dan Tessoni

A model teacher, mentor, and corporate advisor, Professor Dan Tessoni has wowed Saunders College Accounting and EMBA students for more than 40 years. In April, the college and many of its alumni and friends wowed him by announcing they would establish the Daniel D. Tessoni Endowed Chair in Accounting.

An endowed chair is a very high academic honor, creating a permanent academic position at the university that will focus on a specific area of teaching or research. The Tessoni Endowed Chair will ensure that the Saunders College will always have an accounting professor of Dan Tessoni's caliber.

It's Dan's commitment to his field and his students that inspired many of his former students to make gifts to create this endowed position. "This endowed chair is a testament to Dan's significant contributions and the impact he has made on so many students," explains the college's new dean Jacqueline Mozrall. "This chair will be a reflection of Dan—a dynamic professor who delivers contemporary and applied accounting curricula supported by meaningful experiences with business and industry."

Joseph Lobozzo '95, founder and former CEO of JML Optical Industries Inc., earned his Executive MBA degree from RIT. He is one of many Saunders alumni who supported the Tessoni Endowed Chair, because he remembers the profound effect Professor Tessoni had on him and his classmates from the first day of class. "I remember everything he said that day. He literally blew us away, and all 24 of us, many executives from Xerox at the time, gave him a standing ovation. His passion, experience and heart for teaching excellence touched our lives and literally thousands of others. Dan is one in a million."

Gifts to the Daniel D. Tessoni Endowed Chair not only helped honor Dan's impact as a teacher, but they also helped move the Saunders College closer to the goal for the Saunders Challenge campaign. The campaign is entering its final year with $4 million dollars to go. Each gift is being matched 3:1 by a challenge grant from E. Philip Saunders, namesake for the college.

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