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KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee alumni from Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the country’s largest public accounting and consulting firms, have established the Crowe Horwath Accounting Excellence Endowment, earnings of which will support scholarships, fellowships, assistantships, technology and other needs in UT Knoxville’s College of Business Administration.

The Crowe Horwath gift is part of the Campaign for Tennessee, the university’s $1 billion fundraising effort.

“Crowe Horwath has a longstanding relationship with the University of Tennessee, so it’s no surprise that a number of us are Vols for life,” said Rebecca Hurt, a senior manager in Crowe and Horwath’s Knoxville office. “The Crowe Horwath Accounting Excellence Fund will help the college continually improve its accounting program, so its graduates can continue becoming leaders in our profession.”

Dan Murphy, Deloitte & Touche Professor in Accounting and head of UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management, said he is especially grateful for the generosity of the Crowe Horwath professionals.

“During these difficult economic times, it is gratifying to know that we have the support of our alumni who enable us to continue providing value to our students,” he said.

The Campaign for Tennessee — the most ambitious effort in the university’s 214-year history — places UT among the ranks of the nation’s largest public and private institutions that have sought this level of private support.

The campaign, which launched its silent phase in 2005, will secure private gifts that, in turn, will contribute substantially to the distinct, but linked, campuses in the UT system. Funds raised through the campaign will directly support the objectives of UT’s strategic plan. Among those objectives are improved student access and success, research and economic development, outreach and globalization.

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