When Al Oddo retired in June, members of the Niagara University community agreed it would be difficult to imagine a faculty roster that didn't include the accounting professor of 38 years. Now they won't have to, as Niagara's board of trustees unanimously approved Oddo as a professor emeritus of accounting.
"As one of the few people who have known Al since he embarked upon his remarkable career at NU, it brings me great pleasure to see him recognized with this well-deserved honor," said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, president of Niagara University. "Not only has he been an excellent educator for nearly four decades, but he has been a dedicated promoter and outstanding example of one who lives the Catholic and Vincentian mission of Niagara University."
Oddo earned a Bachelor's degree in accounting from Niagara University in 1968. He became a certified public accountant in 1971 and an assistant professor at NU two years later. By 1977, Oddo had acquired an MBA (University at Buffalo) and was named an associate professor at Niagara, a capacity he served in until earning full professorship in 2001. Throughout, he published numerous books, journal articles and business reports, and made countless presentations on accounting, business standards and ethics. Oddo is a member of the New York State Society of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants and the American Accounting Association.
Beyond his duties as a professor, Oddo has acted as dean of the College of Business Administration; chaired the accounting department; mentored junior faculty members; advised Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary organization for financial information students and professionals; and consulted with local companies through the university's Family Business Center. In addition, Oddo has coordinated NU's volunteer income tax assistance program for low-income and elderly residents; and served as director of university mission for many years. He has received Niagara University's Vincentian Mission Award and the College of Business Administration's Excellence in Teaching Award.
In observance of his committed efforts on behalf of the university, the Alfonso Oddo Endowed Scholarship in Accountancy was established in his honor upon his retirement.
"Al was an exceptional educator and mentor to thousands of Niagara University students," stated Dr. Tenpao Lee, interim dean of NU's College of Business Administration. "While we wish him all the best in retirement, he will be missed by everyone here."
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