Virginia finance association recognizes accounting professor emeritus Bruce Chase
Radford University professor emeritus of accounting Bruce Chase, Ph.D., CPA, was honored last month by the state’s finance officers at the group’s fall conference in Richmond, Virginia.
Chase, who retired in December 2021 after three decades, has had long partnerships with the Virginia Governor’s Finance Officers Association (VGFOA), which provides educational and professional development opportunities.
In the early 2000s, he and the VGFOA collaborated on a comprehensive certificate program that, over the past 20 years, has helped train nearly 300 government personnel in accounting, administration and budgeting.
Chase also founded Radford University’s Governmental and Nonprofit Assistance Center (GNAC), a self-supporting entity that offers technical assistance and financial education to governmental and not-for-profit agencies; the center also maintains a lengthy alliance with the VGFOA.
At an Oct. 27 meeting, the association presented Chase with a special award “in recognition of dedicated service to Radford University GNAC and support to the VGFOA.”
Chase was on hand to receive the award and spoke, briefly relating the story of the certificate program’s creation and offering gratitude to former VGFOA presidents Larry Clark, Rebecca Owens and John Touhy.
“I want to thank the VGFOA board, over the years, for being so supportive of the program, and the deans at Radford University,” Chase said.
“I taught at Radford University for 30 years, and the thing I'm most proud of is the certificate program,” he said. “What a wonderful thing we have in Virginia to help train and educate our local government officials.”