Fleshers Inducted to Hall of Fame

June 17, 2022

    The 2020 Patterson School of Accountancy Hall of Fame inductees were Dr. Dale F. Flesher and Dr. Tonya K. Flesher. Unfortunately, Tonya was unable to attend the Honors Banquet this year, but Dale was present to accept the awards for both. 

Dale Flesher joined the Ole Miss faculty in 1977 after four years at Appalachian State University. He retired from full-time teaching in 2019, after 42 years on the Ole Miss faculty – with the last 26 of those serving as Associate Dean. Dale has also been the holder of the Roland & Sheryl Burns Chair in Accountancy.

In his 54 years in the academy, Dale has authored over 400 articles for more than 130 journals – and is also the author of 52 books. He published many history-related books, including the MSCPA Centennial History (2020), co-authored with Jimmy Davis and Annette Pridgen.

Dale won the University’s 1987 Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award – which recognizes the all-around outstanding faculty member campus-wide. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award from Ole Miss, recognizing him as the top researcher campus-wide.

In 2011, Dale was selected by the AICPA as the nation’s outstanding accounting educator. His wife, Tonya, received the same honor in 2020, making Ole Miss one of only four schools in the nation to have had multiple honorees.

In 2017, he was honored with the SEC Faculty Achievement Award as the top faculty member at Ole Miss. To date, Dale is the only accounting professor that has won this award across the 14 SEC institutions in the many years the award has been given.

Dr. Tonya K. Flesher, a 1979 Ole Miss Ph.D. graduate, is Professor Emerita of Accountancy and was the Arthur Andersen Lecturer at UM. Tonya served as Dean of the UM School of Accountancy from 1987 to 1993. She was the first woman to hold an academic deanship in the 150-year history of the university.

In 2003, she was presented with the University’s most coveted teaching recognition - the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. She was the 1986 recipient of the University’s Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award. Tonya was selected as the 1995 Mississippi Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator Award.

She has authored eight books and over 100 articles in numerous journals and was a contributing author to several editions of taxation textbooks. She remains actively involved in numerous professional and academic organizations. Tonya retired in 2017 after having taught at Ole Miss for 40 years.

Both Dale and Tonya have played a key role in the many successes the Patterson School enjoys today. Both have had a positive impact on the lives and careers of literally thousands of Ole Miss accountancy students and graduates.

Dale and Tonya have a daughter, Felicity, who is a graduate student at UCLA. Their son, Flyn, and his wife, Katie, both lawyers, have two children, Falkner (8-years-old) and Fia (6).

By: Patterson School of Accountancy, The University of Mississippi

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