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On Saturday, October 21, Dr. John Coulter, associate dean of the College of Business and professor of Accounting passed away. To honor Dr. Coulter and his passion for teaching and mentoring students, the University is raising funds to support the John M. Coulter Excellence in Accounting Scholarship. Dr. Coulter’s family, friends, colleagues and corporate partners established this scholarship as a way to pay tribute to the man that changed so many students’ lives and careers. This scholarship once fully funded will help an aspiring accountant to afford a Western New England University education and will help to continue Dr. Coulter’s legacy.
For the past 20 years, Dr. Coulter pursued his passion of teaching and mentoring students from all walks of life at Western New England University. Dr. Coulter, of Lee, MA, was an associate professor in the College of Business from September 1, 1997 until June 30, 2006. He was then director of the MSA Program and professor of accounting from July 1, 2006 to July 5, 2008, and became the chair of accounting & Finance, and professor of accounting from July 6, 2008 until June 30, 2017. On July 1, 2017, Dr. Coulter became associate dean in the College of Business and professor of accounting. He traveled all over the country presenting on higher education topics, connecting with his peers and tirelessly working to improve business education for students everywhere. A passionate advocate for his students and the University, Dr. Coulter worked enthusiastically to make sure that all students were offered opportunities to prepare for their dream careers; including organizing the annual Meet the Firms night, spearheading Accounting and Finance Speaker Series lectures, acting as the advisor for Beta Alpha Psi (the accounting honors society), and arranging individual study and problem solving sessions for students interesting in taking the CPA exam. An outspoken voice for the University, he passionately helped to fundraise for the College of Business, including helping out with the annual Mark Coffey Memorial Golf Tournament and helping to coordinate corporate outreach both in dollars and in career recruitment. Thanks to John’s passion, twenty years of Western New England University, College of Business students and graduates have been able to realize their career aspirations.