Will O’Hara, accounting lecturer and friend of the Department of Accounting, was awarded The Eyes of Texas Excellence Award for the Spring 2013 semester.
O’Hara earned his BBA in Accounting from the McCombs School of Business (then College of Business administration) in 1968 before starting on a successful 33 year career in retail, world trade and financial services, retiring at the senior executive level. Since 2003, Will has been a part-time lecturer in accounting for the McCombs School of Business.
In 2008, Will and his wife Beverly pledged $16 million to the McCombs School in support of a wide range of strategic goals including scholarships and faculty endowments. Both are dedicated to supporting higher education and helping transform the lives of students. As members of the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas System as well as the President’s Associates and Littlefield Society at The University of Texas at Austin, they work tirelessly to achieve these goals.
A favorite of students and staff alike, “Will O’Hara’s receipt of the coveted Eyes of Texas Excellence Award is simple testimony to what everyone already knows—Will is an excellent teacher, an incredible person, and a man who works tirelessly to improve the institutions he is a part of. He and his wife Beverly are generous supporters of UT and many, many causes beyond the Forty Acres. The Eyes know that Will is one of the good guys.” says Robert Prentice, Director of the Business Honors Program (BHP) at the McCombs School.
The “Eyes of Texas Excellence Award” is given to 10 deserving UT Administrators, faculty or staff members each semester as a way to recognize outstanding contributions to student life at The University of Texas. The Eyes of Texas is an anonymous campus organization dedicated to unselfish devotion to the University. Student members remain anonymous so that their achievements and leadership are reflected in the excellence of UT, rather than in individual recognition.