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Previous UM Expertise Evokes Future Success

The brand new four-story house for the Patterson College of Accountancy is being deliberate for on the nook of College Avenue and Grove Loop, overlooking the Grove. Items from alumni Virgil L. ‘Brother’ Sandifer Jr. and his just lately retired enterprise associate, Ben Sayle, are earmarked for the undertaking.

OXFORD, Miss – Sudden tutorial steerage from a College of Mississippi professor and the decades-long success of an accounting agency managed by Ole Miss alumni are among the many elements driving $150,000 in current presents that may assist educators remodel the lives of future college students for generations.

Virgil L. “Brother” Sandifer Jr. and his just lately retired enterprise associate, Ben Sayle, on the Sayle, Sandifer & Johnson LLP agency, have given $50,000 to the Patterson College of Accountancy Constructing Fund.

This reward enhances a current $100,000 reward made to the identical fund by Joe Macione Jr., who was Sayle and Sandifer’s associate of their Greenville-based CPA agency.

“Mr. Macione known as me concerning the new accountancy college constructing that might be constructed within the close to future and instructed me that he was making a present,” Sandifer mentioned. “He added that he can be honored if Mr. Sayle and I might make a present so we might have three rooms – inscribed with our names – positioned adjoining to one another within the new constructing.”

Sayle famous that he and the agency are happy to have the ability to assist the varsity.

Ben Sayle

“I believe it is nice that Sayle, Sanderson & Johnson can take part on this endeavor for the Patterson College of Accounting,” he mentioned.

Mark Wilder, the varsity’s dean, mentioned, “We’re grateful for the beneficiant assist, and it’s great to see longtime enterprise companions Brother, Ben and Joe all have named areas in our new Patterson College constructing.

“Our new constructing might be in some of the high-profile areas on campus. It’s going to assist us tremendously in recruiting high expertise to the varsity and can give us a chance to pursue our objective of Ole Miss being the top-ranked accountancy program within the nation.”

The four-story facility that includes 100,000 sq. toes of tiered auditoriums and school rooms, examine areas, convention rooms, administrative and college workplace suites, and out of doors balconies and terraces might be constructed on the nook of College Avenue and Grove Loop, overlooking the Grove.

Sandifer mentioned he and his two former companions are thrilled to know that their assist of the varsity will nurture the careers {and professional} relationships of accountancy majors for years to return.

“The Patterson College of Accountancy has been ranked within the high 10 within the nation for a decade, and this new constructing could have the newest know-how and quite a few different facilities that may solely make the Ole Miss accountancy program stronger,” Sandifer mentioned.

“Having the ability to provide the very best of the very best due to this new facility, the college will proceed to draw the very best college, the very best workers and the very best college students.”

The Patterson College affords a bachelor’s diploma, 4 grasp’s levels and a doctorate in accounting. The grasp’s levels embody the normal Grasp of Accountancy and Grasp of Taxation in addition to new grasp’s levels in information analytics.

It’s the high accounting college within the SEC and just lately ranked the Ole Miss program No. 8 within the nation.

In 2021, UM granted a file variety of accounting levels – 588 – with 253 of these being grasp’s levels. Over the three-year interval from 2020 to 2022, eight UM college students earned the distinguished Elijah Watts Sells Award, essentially the most famend CPA-exam award worldwide. This ranks Ole Miss No. 1 within the SEC and tied for No. 4 nationally within the variety of Sells awardees over the previous three years.

Virgil L. ‘Brother’ Sandifer Jr.

Sandifer credit the accounting program and an distinctive professor for remodeling his tutorial {and professional} careers almost 50 years in the past.

After attending Mississippi Delta Group Faculty, previously often called Mississippi Delta Junior Faculty, for 2 years, Sandifer transferred to Ole Miss in the summertime of 1975. He deliberate to be a basic enterprise main earlier than going to regulation college.

“I took professor Gene Peery’s Rules of Accounting class that summer season and to my shock, after I picked up the registration packet that I wanted for my first fall semester of courses at Ole Miss, I seen my main had been modified from basic enterprise to accounting ,” he mentioned.

“After I went to ask Professor Perry about my main being modified, he checked out me and mentioned, ‘Son, anybody who makes an A in my Rules of Accounting class must be majoring in accounting.’ And that is how I grew to become an accounting main.”

Switching majors resulted in Sandifer being invited by Sayle and Macione to affix their agency shortly after he earned his MBA from Ole Miss in 1979.

“I’m endlessly grateful to Professor Peery,” Sandifer mentioned. “I additionally admire the chance that Mr. Sayle and Mr. Macione gave me to be part of their agency in Greenville, which is nearly 25 miles from my hometown of Hollandale, Mississippi.”

Sayle, who studied accounting at UM within the Nineteen Forties, is 93 and continues to assist a number of Ole Miss tutorial and athletics initiatives from his house in Greenville.

The Macions, Sayles and Sandifers’ presents add to the Now & Ever: The Marketing campaign for Ole Miss, a historic fundraising initiative to safe $1.5 billion in non-public assist to strengthen the college for generations to return.

For extra details about supporting the brand new house of the Patterson College of Accountancy, contact Jason McCormick, director of growth, at or 662-915-1757.

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