Northern Illinois University Dean Receives Outstanding Dean Award from Beta Alpha Psi

Samantha Simunyu

Published August 11, 2015

Durham, N.C. – The Outstanding Dean Award was presented to Dr. Denise D. Schoenbachler at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, WI on August 6, 2015. The award recognizes deans for their significant contribution in faculty support and/or financial support to helping achieve the goals and objectives of their University’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter.

Schoenbachler has served as dean of the Northern Illinois University’s College of Business for nearly a decade. In her role, she has been exceedingly supportive of the Gamma Pi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, often acknowledging students and the chapter for their accomplishments. This has garnered high esteem from distinguished members of the College of Business network. 

It is also not unusual for her to occasionally attend weekly chapter meetings and to welcome guests from the Chicago professional community. She regularly expresses her gratitude for their participation in chapter activities and involvement with students. 

“I have never seen more commitment by a dean to supporting the accounting students and Beta Alpha Psi than that regularly demonstrated by Denise Schoenbachler,” said Dr. Donald Tidrick, chapter faculty advisor. 

Dean Schoenbachler’s commitment to the chapter was especially demonstrated when she aided the organization in securing Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility, as a speaker at the 2013 Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting. Tidrick attributes Vega’s participation to Schoenbachler’s influential involvement in the effort. Meeting attendees commended Vega’s speech and called it the highlight of the meeting. Furthermore, she traveled to the meeting with the chapter and commented on the enriching experience to the College of Business upon their return.

The Outstanding Dean Award was created in 2011.


About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.