John and Titi Hepp
John Hepp received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the NIU Department of Accountancy in the early 1980s. Later in life, he went on to receive his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a retired partner with Grant Thornton’s National Professional Standards group, he has had a distinguished career in business, academia, and government service. A former project manager at FASB, he spent several years working in Europe, Asia, and Africa on accounting and auditing policy matters.Titi Hepp was born in Indonesia and is ethnic Chinese and speaks several languages. A participant of NIU’s CPA Review Program, Titi has worked as an accountant in both the not-for-profit and business sectors.John and Titi’s greatest accomplishment is their family. Children Kelly, Jacquelyn, and Sean are a central focus of their lives. Kelly received her Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy in 2015 and will soon complete her Master of Science degree in accountancy; Jacquelyn received her Bachelor of Science in education in 2015, and Sean is currently enrolled. This endowed scholarship was established to help individuals achieve a world-class education at an institution that has played an instrumental role in the Hepp’s family career success.