It is with great sadness that we share the news of our friend and colleague Ken Brown passing away in November. Retired after thirty-eight years with EY and 28 years as an EY partner, Ken joined our faculty in August 2015 as a lecturer in our BBA and MPA taxation track. His wealth of experience and knowledge coupled with the need to share it and educate the next generations of accountants exemplifies the dedication and caring nature of our faculty.

Ken was a recognized expert in finance transformation and outsourcing of tax and accounting processes, Global Governance, Compliance and Ethics, and mergers and acquisitions (including state and local taxes). Ken co-authored a BNA Portfolio on Consolidated Returns and State Combined Reporting, considered the seminal work on this issue.

Ken was also an accomplished athlete and incorporated that competitive spirit and dedication throughout his life, whether it was with a team of co-workers, friends, or students. He played baseball for both his high school and college teams, and considered pitching for Augie Garrido’s Titans in the 1975 College World Series a highlight of his baseball career.

Ken’s EY partners have created an endowment, the Kenneth C. Brown Memorial Scholarship in Accounting, at the University that will fund a scholarship for a graduate student in the Texas MPA program each year. They’ve already raised over $80K but donations can still be made to the scholarship by visiting: