Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award

About the Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award

Corporations, businesses, foundations, and organizations have discovered that investing in Truman State University is also investing in their future, and the Corporation/Foundation Award recognizes corporations, foundations, and organizations for exemplary support to the University and its students. Some examples of collaborative efforts include recruitment of Truman interns and graduates, participation in lectures and seminars, intellectual exchanges, research alliances and financial support. The award is presented at the Truman State University Foundation Banquet held on campus each year.

KPMG International Limited

The University is proud to present the 2022 Distinguished Corporation/Foundation Award to KPMG. The KPMG International Limited is a British-Dutch multinational professional services network and considered one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations. KPMG has a network of firms in 145 countries, with nearly 240,000 employees and three lines of services: financial audit, tax, and advisory services.

When the industrial revolution of the late eighteenth and nineteenth century helped transform accounting into a profession, KPMG’s founding fathers – James Piet Klynveld (the K), William Barclay Peat (the P), James Marwick (the M), and Reinhard Goerdeler (the G) – were center stage, pioneering the industry. KPMG was formed in 1987 when PeatMarwick International and Klynveld Main Goerdeler merged along with their respective member firms.

In 2016, Truman alumni and friends employed at KPMG LLP used private donations and KPMG Foundation matching opportunities to establish the KPMG Accounting Excellence Fund. This multipurpose fund serves as a resource to strengthen the accounting program with a major portion used to provide scholarships to Truman students majoring in accounting and thus perpetuating Truman’s outstanding tradition of producing high-quality graduates for public accounting careers. Additional fund usage may include, but not be limited to, accounting faculty development, equipment, speakers, course development, and other goods or services that enhance the accounting program.

KPMG has been consistently recognized for their outstanding work culture and is a sought after employer worldwide, and especially for Truman graduates. In 2021, KPMG was named as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. They also have a host of industry analyst accolades that recognize KPMG’s strengths at delivering tangible value, with a particular strategic focus to help clients find innovative, technology-driven, industry-tailored solutions.

Truman values the close relationship between and KPMG and the School of Business. Partners of the firm regularly visit campus to recruit and to present substantive accounting information to classes. Truman faculty are invited to St. Louis for the KPMG accounting update meetings and to virtual continuing professional education meetings as well. Additionally, KPMG partners have provided a consistent presence on School of Business advisory boards and have served on the Truman State University Foundation Board of Directors. In 2019, Jennifer Austin, who is a partner with KPMG, was recognized as the Alumna of the Year for the Truman’s School of Business in recognition of her longstanding track record of service and support.


  • 2021:  No Award
  • 2020: The Sunderland Foundation
  • 2019: A.T. Still University of Health Services
  • 2018: Anonymous
  • 2017: The Presser Foundation
  • 2016: EY
  • 2015: Shelter Insurance Companies
  • 2014: Northeast Missouri State Bank
  • 2013: Preferred Family Healthcare
  • 2012: Sodexo
  • 2011: State Farm Insurance
  • 2010: Preferred Family Healthcare
  • 2009: RiteCare Valley of Columbia
  • 2008: Truman Bookstore-Barnes & Noble College Booksellers
  • 2007: The Boeing Company
  • 2006: AT&T