In October Al Hartgraves will step down as professor of accounting, but like other recent retirees from his department, he won’t cut his ties to Goizueta. As a professor emeritus, he’ll continue to commute to Atlanta one week each semester from his new home in Aiken, SC, to teach a class in the Modular Executive MBA Program.
Hartgraves has held many administrative posts during his 29 years at Goizueta, including acting dean, senior associate dean, assistant dean, and director of MBA programs. He has also served as faculty director of the Emory/LIMAK Austrian General Management Program. He’s conducted executive education programs for Fortune 500 companies such as Lockheed, The Home Depot, and BellSouth, and he served as a consultant on the Enron Bankruptcy Examination. He has published widely, including two textbooks that have gone into multiple editions.
Still, Hartgraves considers his most important professional accomplishment to be his legacy as a teacher, for which his students have honored him with numerous awards. “I’ve enjoyed every day in the classroom,” he says.
Robert Minnear retired as senior lecturer at the end of 2008. He came to Goizueta in 1994 from the Big Four accounting firm then known as Deloitte & Touche, where he served as office managing partner and audit partner.
“I think what I brought to the classroom was the benefit of my 38 years in business and professional accounting,” he says. “In my auditing class, I told war stories that illustrated points in the texts.”
Minnear says he enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of interacting with students and faculty and that he intends to keep his links to Goizueta. “I’m usually on campus once a week.”
One of Minnear’s periodic lunch partners is Professor Emeritus of Accounting Larry Beard, who also retired in 2008. Beard arrived at Goizueta in 1981 following university appointments at Wake Forest, South Carolina, and Maryland, and after working in business in a variety of capacities. His areas of specialty include planning and control, budgeting, and performance evaluation.
Beard joined the accounting department “before the major fundraising and faculty development campaigns began 20 years ago,” observes Grace Pownall, professor of accounting and associate dean and director of doctoral studies. “He and Hartgraves were both instrumental in building the fine accounting faculty currently at the school.”