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Decosimo Bust
L to R, Cessna Decosimo, Dr. Tom Gavin, Dr. Roger Brown,
Joe Decosimo and Dr. Richard Casavant

Decosimo bust unveiled

“‘If you want an accounting of your worth, count your friends,’ wrote author Merry Browne.  By this measure, Joe Decosimo is priceless,” said Chancellor Roger Brown, upon the unveiling of a bust of Decosimo, which now resides in the College of Business in Fletcher Hall.  The commissioned piece was created by sculptor Cessna Decosimo, Joe’s son. 

“The sculpture is a beautiful and meaningful work,” said Dr. Richard Casavant, Dean of the College of Business.  “Its prominent position in Fletcher Hall will remind students, faculty and visitors of what a hardworking and dedicated person can accomplish professionally and in his community. Joe has certainly been important to us in the College of Business and more broadly has been instrumental in shaping the economy and cultural life of our community.”

Joseph F. Decosimo is founder and Senior Principal Emeritus of Joseph Decosimo and Company Certified Public Accountants firm of Chattanooga. Begun in 1971, the company is now among the largest in the United States and is the only Tennessee-based CPA firm included in the nation's 100 largest accounting organizations.

Decosimo Candid
Jerry Adams, Fred Decosimo and Dr. Herbert Burhenn
“Joe has used wisely all the gifts God has given him,” said Dr. Tom Gavin, Decosimo Professor of Accounting.  “He continues to share his wisdom and resources with his family and all those within his firm and community.  We are honored to have the opportunity to display the bust of Joseph F. Decosimo in the UTC College of Business.”


Chancellor Brown said Decosimo is a strong supporter of UTC, and through his leadership roles he has promoted the vision of the University.

“I’d like to borrow from Joe’s good friend and another special benefactor to our campus, the late Mayor and UC Foundation Chair, Robert Kirk Walker,” said Brown.  “He said about his friend, ‘Joe Decosimo is an example of great leadership. His businesslike but easy touch, his devotion to family and community, and his friendly way are marks which will endure.’”

May 25, 2007