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Leaving campus with plans to become the accounting department chair at Western Illinois University, John “Jack” Elfrink dedicated 13 years of his life to Central Missouri State and its students. He has retired as professor emeritus of accounting.
Elfrink became acting dean of the university’s Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies in 2004 and served at that post until July 2006. His career at CMSU began in 1993 when he became chair of the Department of Accounting. He held that position for 11 years, and had responsibilities from 1999-2002 as director of the Financial Planning Program.
Elfrink came to campus as a well-seasoned educator. He taught and chaired the accounting department at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., and taught at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau; McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill.; Lincoln University, Jefferson City; and William Woods College, Fulton.
While at CMSU, he enjoyed a wealth of experiences outside the classroom. This included serving on numerous departmental, college and university committees, allowing him to provide input into areas such as strategic planning, assessment, academic standards and college curriculum. He also contributed to the successful AACSB-International accreditation efforts in the Harmon College.
A Certified Public Accountant since 1978, his education includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in business administration from Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau. He also earned a doctorate at St. Louis University, St. Louis, where he majored in accounting.
Active in professional service activities, he was nominated for recognition as the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Outstanding CPA in Education in 2000.