Dr. Branson serves as a professor and chair of the Department of Accountancy here at UIS. He is known on campus as an outstanding educator and many of his former students look to him as a mentor to them in both their professional and personal lives.
Dr. Branson received the William E. Winter award because of his outstanding advocacy for UIS. For more than a decade, Dr. Branson has been spearheading efforts to raise private scholarship dollars for the Department of Accountancy—first through the establishment of the UIS Donald Stanhope Scholarship and then in the charge to establish the Donald O’Neal Scholarship for UIS Management students.
Dr. Branson has not only given of his own resources to help students financially at UIS, but he has encouraged fellow faculty, staff, alumni and friends to do the same. For his outstanding advocacy, he received the William E. Winter award in 2011.