Business professor is first in line for degrees


By Scott Bigelow

stephen_bukowy_grad.jpgStephen Bukowy graduated May 8 from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Indian Studies (AIS).

The new graduate is also a professor in UNCP's School of Business. Dr. Bukowy was among 406 students who received diplommas.

It was his fifth degree in higher education, and he is already thinking about the next.

"I started out just taking classes in American Indian Studies," Dr. Bukowy said. "A degree was not a goal in the beginning."

He took all 36 hours required to complete a major, then decided to "cash in his chips" and take the degree. There were several good reasons Dr. Bukowy chose American Indian Studies.

"I could take a history class anywhere," he said. "American Indian Studies is a unique program to UNCP."

"Also, I hope to gain a better understanding of Native American culture," he said. "Given where our University is located and its history, I can gain a better understanding of our students."

Dr. Bukowy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Penn State University, a Master of Business Administration degree from William and Mary College, a Master of Forestry Resources and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Bukowy said he is not finished yet.

"Spanish would be useful," he said. "Whether it leads to another degree or not is not important."