Red Raider Alumnus Receives Highest Honor from National Tax Group
September 11, 2018 | By: April Chavez
Gary McGill, a Red Raider alumnus, was recently awarded the Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award by the American Taxation Association (ATA).
The prestigious award, which is the highest honor given by ATA, recognizes outstanding faculty for their contributions to the taxation profession, including their work in curriculum development, research, student enRegagement, service to their respective academic institution, and participation in activities that advance the taxation field. The award is named after Professor Ray M. Sommerfeld, the first recipient of the award, who earned a reputation as a pioneer of tax education and provided a lifetime of service to students, colleagues, and the profession of taxation.
"I am honored," McGill said. "Many of the prior recipients of this award were valuable mentors and role models to me. To be recognized in this group is humbling."
McGill, who currently serves as the Associate Dean and Director of the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida Warrington College of Business, received his Ph.D. in accounting from Texas Tech in 1988. He has been with the Fisher School of Accounting for 32 years where he has taught various graduate and undergraduate tax and accounting courses. An expert in numerous areas of taxations, McGill has published countless journal articles, book chapters, and research reports related to taxation.
He strongly believes that his education at Texas Tech helped develop him as an educator.
"The Texas Tech Ph.D. program changed my world view. I arrived with very firm (but narrow) plans for my future. My professors and fellow students opened my eyes to much greater possibilities," said McGill. "Texas Tech gave me the tools, foundational knowledge, and most importantly, the confidence to succeed in a rigorous academic setting."
In 2015 McGill was also honored by the Rawls College of Business for his continued dedication to Texas Tech, receiving the first Distinguished Alumni Faculty Award.
He continues to keep close ties with the Texas Tech community.
"I continue to interact with Texas Tech current faculty and graduates. They are valuable colleagues and I think we all know that we share a special connection because of Texas Tech."
To celebrate McGill's award, Ernst and Young, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms, donated $2,500 in Gary's honor to the "Ernst and Young/Ray Sommerfeld Graduate Tax Scholarship in Honor of Jane O. Burns Endowment" at the Rawls College of Business. The Scholarship helps deserving Rawls students studying in the area of accounting fund their education.
You can learn more about McGill's award from ATA here.