Ernst & Young Matches Alumni Contributions to UB

By Jacqueline Ghosen

Release Date: May 19, 2010

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The worldwide public accounting firm of Ernst & Young and its staff members have contributed nearly $50,000 to the University at Buffalo over the past year.

Included in the total amount is a gift of $24,565 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, managing partner in the firm's Buffalo office who helped coordinate the fund-raising effort, and Gary T. Tyka, senior manager in the Buffalo office, presented the gift to the School of Management in May.

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.

"Contributions from our alumni allow us to fund student activities, faculty training and updates to our programs," said Susan Hamlen, chair of the Department of Accounting and Law. "Ernst & Young's alumni and its Matching Gifts Program exemplify the loyal financial support we need to prepare our students for career success. We are very grateful for their generous support."

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 173 programs in the world to achieve this level of recognition.

The UB School of Management is recognized for its emphasis on real-world learning, community and economic impact, and the global perspective of its faculty, students and alumni. The Wall Street Journal has ranked the UB School of Management as one of the nation's top business schools, and Forbes has cited it as one of the best business schools in the U.S. for the return on investment it provides MBA graduates. In addition, the school's part-time MBA program and its undergraduate business program have earned recognition in BusinessWeek. For more information about the UB School of Management, visit