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Dr. William Quilliam

FSC's New Endowed Chair in Accounting Highlights Department's Real-World Training

Mar 25, 2021

Florida Southern College has named Dr. William Quilliam as the inaugural recipient of The Louise Templeton Endowed Chair in Accounting in the Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise.

Dr. Quilliam is an associate professor of accounting, department chair, and Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program director. He came to Florida Southern in 2010, having taught accounting since 1986 at institutions including the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, and the University of South Florida. He teaches financial accounting, cost/managerial accounting, auditing, and accounting information systems.

“With this newly established endowed chair, which honors the work and legacy of revered accounting professor Louise Templeton, the Florida Southern community recognizes the diligence and exceptional character of our business faculty,” said President Anne B. Kerr. “Just as Louise greatly influenced many hundreds of students who entered the field of accountancy during her 25 years as an FSC educator, our talented faculty of today continue to have a remarkable impact on the lives and future careers of FSC’s current accounting students.”

Louise E. Templeton was a revered professor of accounting at Florida Southern for 25 years.

Louise E. Templeton served as a professor of accounting in Florida Southern’s Department of Business Administration from 1954 until her retirement in 1979, receiving the title of Professor of Business Emerita in 1987. Early in her career at FSC, she wrote of “the personal characteristics required by the accounting profession and its members – honesty, integrity, neatness, conciseness, and high moral standards.” She was a trailblazer for women in the profession, and achieved and taught the highest standards of professionalism. Templeton died in 2009.

“As the first member of our distinguished faculty to be appointed as The Louise Templeton Endowed Chair in Accountancy, Dr. Quilliam embodies the highest standards of personal and academic excellence,” said Dr. Brad Hollingshead, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “This appointment is a well-deserved recognition of his commitment to accountancy and to the success of the hard-working scholars who enter this important financial profession.”

Dr. Quilliam is active within the accounting profession, with plans to serve as president of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants' Scholarship Foundation for a one-year term starting on July 1, 2021. He encourages students to become involved with organizations such as FICPA, and makes it a priority to maintain high CPA pass rates. His teaching philosophy prepares students for a lifetime of continual learning through a lively, interactive atmosphere.

“My appointment to this position as an endowed chair is a tremendous honor,” Dr. Quilliam said. “Together with my outstanding colleagues who focus on so many crucial areas of study in Barnett Business, I am extremely enthusiastic about the continuing growth of the program and its mission to make a significant and impactful difference in the lives of our students.”