Accounting professor called to serve others through vocation and virtue


Dr. Adekunle, accounting professor for Adult & Online Education, has had a passion for teaching since early childhood when he helped classmates as a peer tutor. After graduating from the University of Lagos with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, he briefly worked as a classroom teacher preparing students for the Senior School Certificate in Nigeria. “I was inspired by my mother to continue my education,” he says, “because she was not able to complete elementary school beyond the third grade.” He became an Associate Chartered Accountant in 2006 and has worked as a full-time accountant and in several other capacities.

“Write down your goals.”

Teaching has also been a part of Dr. Adekunle’s corporate career. “I’m always involved in a teaching capacity,” he says, “from financial literacy to tutoring on accounting courses.” He completed his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Strayer University, and a Doctorate of Business Administration in Accounting from North Central University while working for Citigroup in Greensboro, North Carolina.

After completing his doctorate, Dr. Adekunle prayed for an opportunity to teach at the university level. “I had two options,” he resonates, “and I chose Campbell University because of its Christian principles and perspectives.” Since its inception in 1887, Campbell University has committed to preparing men and women for purposeful lives and meaningful service. Currently, Dr. Adekunle teaches accounting courses at the Raleigh campus where he employs Christian values to instruct his students on the basic principles of integrity.

“I’m committed to serving humanity.”

Dr. Adekunle also serves as an associate pastor for Change the Nations Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He regularly volunteers with his colleagues and his congregation for the Habitat for Humanity, Greensboro Urban Ministry, and Guilford County Schools. His service has been recognized on three occasions by the White House with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. “The scripture says in the book of Matthew chapter 25, I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was naked and you gave me clothes, I was in prison and you visited me,” he explains. “As Christians, this is something we should make a priority in our daily lives because there is joy in serving others. True service is having an inner conviction to consider the needs of others before your own.”