College of Business and Economics

Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship awarded to Associate Professor Robert Yu

April 23, 2020

Written by Dana Krems | Photo by Nicholas Pook

The Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship was established to celebrate the spirit and impact of Robert Gruber (1955 – 2015), former professor and department chairperson. First awarded in 2016, it is used to help the accounting department continue its legacy of educational excellence.

Associate Professor Robert Yu received the professorship for 2020. Yu joined the UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics in 2013.

“The Robert Gruber Accounting Professorship is deeply meaningful to me,” he said. “Dr. Gruber is remembered for his leadership within the college, local community, and the public accounting profession.”

Along with the honor of the award, it extends funds that can be used towards professional development and research activities.

“The accounting profession is undergoing an unprecedented transformation as a result of advancements in technologies,” Yu said. “With this support, I can broaden my knowledge about new technologies and enhance my technology skills so students can benefit in the classroom. It will also help me explore new research topics on the use and impact of technology on the profession.”

Robert Gruber passed away in 2015 after a battle with cancer. The accounting professorship is funded through contributions and is used to help the accounting program deliver outstanding education and stand out from programs at peer institutions.