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EU Business Department receives $16,000 donation from Forvis Mazars

Published on Jun 26, 2024 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University’s Business Department recently received a $16,000 donation from Forvis Mazars, LLP, a global accounting firm with an office in downtown Springfield. The Business Department plans to use the gift to renovate its student study room and provide a new student-focused conference room.

Dr. Jeremy Harris, EU Business Dept. chair

“The Business Department is very grateful for this generous gift from Forvis Mazars,” said Dr. Jeremy Harris, department chair. “Not only will the gift improve and enhance the student experience at Evangel, but it will also be a public reminder of the close working relationship we have had, and will continue to have, with Forvis Mazars.”

In 2018, the Business Department opened its BKD Innovative Learning Center, a modern study area for individual and group business and accounting projects.The center was funded by now retired BKD employees who are Evangel alums, primarily Eric Hansen, former chief operating officer, and Mike Burlew, former regional managing partner.

Forvis Mazars is a leading professional services network operating under a single brand with two members: Forvis Mazars, LLP in the United States and Forvis Mazars Group SC, an internationally integrated partnership operating in more than 100 countries and territories. The Springfield office, originally BKD, became FORVIS in 2022 after its merger with DHG, LLP.

“The Business Department at Evangel University provides a solid foundation on which emerging professionals can build their careers,” said Gary Schafer, managing partner at Forvis Mazars. “Building remarkable careers is at the heart of our mission at Forvis Mazars, and we are grateful to be able to support the great work Evangel does investing in the growth of the business leaders of tomorrow.”

About the Business Department

 Evangel’s Business Department, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs, offers degrees in Accounting, Business Analytics, Business Management, Finance, Marketing, and Nonprofit Business & Social Enterprise led by faculty with real-world experience as business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Students experience a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, including managing a more than $1 million portfolio through the Student Investment Club, running a state-of-the-art digital apparel printing company known as “Valor Custom,” and participating in organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the opportunity to be inducted into the Business Department’s honor society Delta Mu Delta.


About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • #1 Best College in Springfield & #2 Best Christian College in Missouri by Niche
  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at