Ernst & Young Matches Alumni Contributions to UB

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: June 27, 2007

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The worldwide public accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP and its staff members have contributed $34,400 to the University at Buffalo over the past year.

Included in the total amount is a gift of $17,200 from the Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program to the UB School of Management for use by the school's Department of Accounting and Law.

Michael J. Murray, partner in the firm's Buffalo office who helped coordinate the fund-raising effort, presented the gift last month to the School of Management.

The Ernst & Young Matching Gifts Program is just one element of the firm's broad support for higher education. It also provides grants to doctoral candidates concentrating in accounting; sponsors professorships and faculty fellowships, and employs accounting student interns.

"We are most grateful to Ernst & Young contributors and the E&Y matching gifts program for their generosity to us," said Susan Hamlen, chair of the Department of Accounting and Law in the School of Management. "Contributions received directly fund our academic programs, facilities and the activities of our student organizations, and greatly enhance the value of the accounting major, allowing us to maintain our excellent reputation for producing graduates who go on to very successful careers in the accounting profession."

The accounting program in the UB School of Management has been accredited since 1985 by AACSB International -- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The program is one of only 168 programs in the world to achieve this level of recognition.

The Wall Street Journal ranks the UB School of Management 10th in the nation among schools with strong regional recruiting bases. In addition, BusinessWeek ranks the school as one of the country's top 5 business schools for the fastest return on MBA investment, and Forbes cites it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit