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Thank you, Professor Allen Ford

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Thank you, Professor Allen Ford

For over forty years, Allen Ford has been a mainstay of the accounting program in the School of Business at the University of Kansas. He began his tenure at KU in 1976 and has been a distinguished professor since 1993. From 1984 through 2005, Professor Ford was the only tax professor in the School of Business and worked tirelessly to ensure that classes of accounting students had access to the tax courses they needed to be successful.


Professor Ford has been the recipient of countless awards and honors, including the Outstanding Educator Award in 2016 and the Chancellors Club Career Teaching Award in 2011. In 2015 he received the American Tax Association’s Outstanding Service Award.



Students consistently praise Professor Ford for challenging them to go beyond their comfort zone and for setting the bar high. Professor Ford’s tax accounting classes have been called a “rite of passage,” and he challenges students to go above and beyond in applying their research and critical thinking skills. His tax class is remembered fondly by alumni around the globe.  Before joining KU, Allen received his Ph.D. and master’s at the University of Arkansas. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Centenary College of Louisiana. 




Professor Allen Ford will be entering his well-deserved retirement in May 2019. In honor of his distinguished tenure at the University of Kansas, we invite you to celebrate his legacy by contributing to one of his two funds in the School of Business: the Allen Ford Tax Fellow for faculty support and/or the Allen and Joelle Ford Scholarship in Accounting. Please consider leaving a comment at as we will be sharing those with Allen in the upcoming months.

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