The honorary degree for Newry accountant Feargal McCormack was in recognition of his services to business and commerce.
He received his degree in the presence of new University Chancellor Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Feargal McCormack is a leading figure in professional accounting and a past President of Chartered Accountants Ireland.
A Queen’s Graduate, Feargal qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1986.
He joined the Industrial Development Board (now Invest NI) as a Principal Officer, one of the youngest in the Northern Ireland Civil Service history.
In 1991, Feargal established FPM Accountants LLP, now PKF-FPM.
Under his leadership, the company has grown significantly and now operates out of 5 locations with over 120 employees across the Island of Ireland.
Feargal has also made a considerable contribution to the Public and Charity sectors.
In the degree citation, Feargal, a former Queen’s graduate and past President of Chartered Accountants Ireland (2018/19) was also acknowledged for his considerable contribution to the Public and Charity sectors.
Feargal comments, “It is a great honour to receive this honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Economics (DSc Econ) from Queen’s University Belfast, my Alma Mater.
“I have fond memories of studying economics and accounting, being the inaugural President of Queen’s University Accountancy Society (1982/83) and having been pro-active in sports administration with the Queen’s Gaelic Football Club,” he adds.
Each year Queens University celebrates the outstanding achievements of individuals both in Northern Ireland and around the world.
The conferring ceremony took place in Whitla Hall, Belfast.
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