After more than 30 years of dedicated service to William Jewell Dr. Jean Hawkins is retiring at the end of this semester. I consider Jean to be a valued colleague and friend and although I am very happy that she will get to enjoy a slower pace of life I am saddened by the loss we will feel in our department over her departure. Jean has taught me over the years many things, but the one thing that I appreciate most about Dr. Hawkins is her dedication to her students and her relentless passion for their learning. Jean goes the extra mile to make sure her students learn and, when possible, love the field of accounting. She has a passion for systems and the way numbers convey information and she wants all to share that joy for accounting that she has. And I am not using the word joy in a trite way as she really can get excited about the field and joy can exude from her when you get her talking about the way numbers are the language of business. I have so enjoyed working with Jean over the years and love her passion and pursuit of knowledge. She has been an inspiration to decades of students and colleagues, and we will miss her greatly. Best wishes, Dr. Hawkins, as you begin this next chapter of your life. May it be filled with joy, peace and knowledge of a job well done.
Sincerely, Dr. Kelli Schutte, Chair of the Department of Business and Leadership