When it comes to the Mountain State and West Virginia University, you could say Gary LeDonne has come full circle. Growing up in Fairmont, West Virginia, he earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Fairmont State University and then went on to earn his Master of Professional Accountancy (now known as the Master of Accountancy or MAcc) in 1985 at the WVU College of Business and Economics.
After graduation, he stepped out of West Virginia and into a 30-year-long career with one of the Big Four accounting firms, then Ernst & Whinney (which became Ernst & Young and eventually its current name of EY), which took him to many different areas of the country.
Bringing together faculty, staff, students and alumni, the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics celebrated WVU’s 150th Anniversary September 11-15.
The week of events included a gathering for cake and punch, a jumpstart breakfast for students, a giveaway booth at the B&E Career Fair and an ice cream social, all leading up to the main event – the “Tastes From B&E” Tailgate Celebration.
The West Virginia University College of Business and Economics has confirmed the fifth and final inductee into its renowned B&E Roll of Distinguished Alumni during WVU Homecoming Weekend. A total of five WVU business school graduates will be inducted during a ceremony and celebratory luncheon on Friday, October 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown.
Lee Bakalarski, a financial expert in the area of risk advisory and assurance, will be among the new class of inductees. A 1974 accounting graduate of B&E, he lives in Newport, Rhode Island.