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FAU Receives Pledge of $50,000 in Memory of Clyde C. Looknanan

Pledge to Provide Educational Opportunities to FAU School of Accounting Ph.D. Students

BOCA RATON, FL (April 10, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s School of Accounting received a generous pledge in the amount of $50,000 from Dr. Veena Looknanan Brown.  The gift, made in memory of Dr. Brown’s father, Clyde C. Looknanan, who was a strong influence in her life and died five years ago today, establishes the Clyde C. Looknanan Fund.  Scholarships from the fund will be awarded to support scholarly research of Ph.D. students within FAU’s School of Accounting.  Preference for these competitive awards will be given to accounting doctoral students working on their dissertations and/or completing experimental research.

“Veena’s pledge to the School of Accounting is a perfect example of the bond that develops between our doctoral students, faculty and the Ph.D. program,” says Dr. Som Bhattacharya, associate dean of the College of Business and former director of the School of Accounting.  “The Ph.D. often marks the crescendo of academic aspirations, and it is made all the more special when we tie the memories of those that most influenced us to embark on the quest for academic excellence to the realization of that goal.  Veena’s pledge will tie the memory of her father to her alma mater forever.”     

Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. from FAU’s School of Accounting in the summer of 2011 and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“Florida Atlantic University has been the cornerstone of my professional development,” said Looknanan Brown.  “Obtaining my undergraduate and graduate degrees, including my doctorate, from FAU provided the foundation necessary for achieving my career objective.  As an appreciation of the guidance and mentoring I received from FAU’s business faculty, I am creating this endowment in my father’s name. It is my intent that this scholarship fund will assist future School of Accounting doctoral students achieve their goals.”

For more information about this scholarship, contact Mark Kohlbeck at 561-297-1363 or .


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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