The School of Business honored inductee John E. Oeltjen at the SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on October 3, 2014 at the Morris University Center. Oeltjen graduated from SIUE in 1975 with a bachelor’s in business administration/general accounting. After beginning his professional career as one of the first SIUE graduates to be employed by one of the now “Big Four” firms, KPMG. After 17 years with KPMG and 9 years as president and COO of two other firms, John joined Mueller Prost PC, where he is currently a shareholder and director of rish advisory services.
John has made significant contributions to the School of Business, and to the Accounting Department, in particular. In the early 1980s he worked with the Accounting Department Chair and Faculty to bring the program into conformity with the standards of the AACSB. John served as a counselor and advisor to the department and school during the accreditation process. By 1987 the BSBA, MBA and SIUE Accounting programs were fully accredited by AACSB, a distinction held by only 95 other Colleges and Schools of Business.
The SIUE School of Business has produced more than 21,775 graduates who have gone on to be successful in a variety of fields. Some graduates are entrepreneurs creating jobs, products and services that enhance the lives of countless people. Others use their education to enhance the pool of knowledge and leadership at universities and major corporations. To honor their success, each year the SIUE Alumni Association, along with the Deans of the Schools and Colleges of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, select, from an outstanding pool of alumni, individuals to be inducted into SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.
The 2014 Hall of Fame Class has achieved a level of professional, community and academic excellence that brings distinction and honor to themselves, and in turn, brings that same distinctions and honor to SIUE. "The SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame provides living examples of the professional and community leaders our university is dedicated to producing and is important because it allows us to recognize the achievements of our alumni. It also provides a more visible display of our honorees' contributions, which is a great motivator for our current students because it helps show them what is possible," said SIUE Director of Alumni Affairs Steve Jankowski.