La Salle Accounting Chair Jeannie Welsh Receives University’s Faculty Distinguished Service Award
At the start of each new school year, La Salle University presents the Faculty Distinguished Service Award to a faculty member for “exceptional involvement and devotion to the good of the University, the advancement of its mission, and support of La Salle as a learning community.” Accounting professor and department chair, Mary Jeanne “Jeannie” Welsh was named this year’s recipient.
“I feel so honored; it is truly humbling,” said Welsh, when she learned of the award. “When it comes to serving the University, I have to say that I never serve alone. I am always working with tremendous faculty and staff who amaze me with their energy and ideas.”
According to many who know her, to simply say that Welsh serves the La Salle University community might be an understatement. In addition to her position as professor and chair of the accounting department, Welsh was recently re-elected to a two-year term as President of the Faculty Senate, and she oversees the University’s four-year BS/MBA program.
Over recent years, she has served on the University’s curriculum design committee, Middle States reaccreditation committee, the Planning Advisory Board which oversees the University’s implementation of its strategic plan, and the School of Business Blue Ribbon Strategic Planning Committee.
“While her record in itself is worthy of the Distinguished Service Award, it is the zeal and good will with which she has undertaken her service that most impressed the award’s selection committee,” said La Salle Provost Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., when presenting the award to Welsh.
A native of Louisiana, Welsh earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s of library science from Louisiana State University. After working as a reference librarian for six years, Welsh decided she wanted to take her career in a completely different direction and earn a business degree. She earned her master’s in business administration from the University of New Orleans and went on to get her doctoral degree in accounting from Louisiana State University.
Welsh, a resident of the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, came to La Salle in 1991 planning to stay only two years. “I never stayed anywhere more than four years. I would get restless, and I’d move on. I liked the view in the rear view mirror,” she said when she accepted the Distinguished Service Award. “And yet, I’m starting my 20th year here this month. What happened? Why did I stay? I found a home, a community. From almost day one, people here saw more in me than I saw in myself. All that service—those were opportunities to try new things and take on tasks I didn’t think I could accomplish but I did, because there were faculty and administrators who thought I could do it.”