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MPA Students Earn Elijah Watt Sells Awards

Two Texas MPA students won the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award. Charles Sims (BBA ’15, MPA ’15) and Andrew J. Smith (BBA ’15, MPA ’16) not only passed all 4 sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, they obtained a cumulative… Continue Reading →

Accounting Case Competition Team Places Third in Nationals

Congratulations to the McCombs team for placing third at the national Deloitte FanTAXtic Case Competition! Sixty teams representing 43 colleges and universities participated in the regional event in November. As one of nine winners at the regional event, the team… Continue Reading →

The Takeaway – Summer 2017

Communicated Values as Informal Controls: Promoting Quality While Undermining Productivity? Steven J. Kachelmeier (UT), Todd A. Thornock (Iowa State University), and Michael G. Williamson (Illinois) Contemporary Accounting Research, Winter 2016, 33(4), pp. 1141-1434 We use experimentation to show that a… Continue Reading →

Sean Li Leads UT Fencing Team to #1

Almost 580 college fencers from 37 colleges across the country participated in the United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs’ (USACFC) annual Collegiate Fencing National Championships in Lansing, Michigan this past April. Of those, iMPA student Sean Li, currently Treasurer… Continue Reading →

A Family Legacy of Supporting Accounting – This Years Texas Star

The McCombs Accounting Programs’ Texas Star Award is given to a friend of our department and our programs in recognition of his or her continuing support over a sustained period of years. This year’s honoree, C. Aubrey Smith, Jr., joins… Continue Reading →

Department Chair Letter – Fall 2016

DEAR ACCOUNTING LONGHORNS: The McCombs School, under the leadership of newly appointed Dean Jay Hartzell and Senior Associate Dean Eric Hirst, is in the process of examining its strategic plan – including faculty composition, curricula, alumni engagement, and branding. I… Continue Reading →

Meet the Newest Accounting Faculty

This fall we welcome two new professors to the Department:  Ronghou Zheng and Nicholas Hallman have both joined us as Assistant Professors. Originally from Wenzhou, China (the birthplace of China’s private economy), Ronghuo Zheng came to Austin because of McCombs’ outstanding… Continue Reading →

Faculty News – Fall 2016

Lecturer Donna Johnston-Blair Selected for Fall 2016 Faculty Honor Roll Lecturer Donna Johnston-Blair was one of a handful of professors in the McCombs School of Business to be selected for the Fall 2016 Faculty Honor Roll! Her students rated her… Continue Reading →

2016-2017 Holbrook Scholars

Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Holbrook Scholarship awards! The fifteen Holbrook Scholars were selected from a combination of 3rd, 4th and 5th year integrated MPAs and traditional MPAs. This year’s recipients include: New Awards: Snowy Trowbridge Diva Gulati… Continue Reading →

Sales Tax Avoidance Worth Billions to Online Retailers

by Steve Brooks Texas Enterprise October 10, 2016 Based on Brady Williams paper “Does Use Tax Evasion Provide a Competitive Advantage to E-tailers?” You’re shopping for an iPhone 7. You find it for the same price both at Best Buy… Continue Reading →

The Takeaway – Fall 2016

How Do Experienced Users Evaluate Hybrid Financial Instruments? Shana Clor-Proell (TCU), Lisa Koonce (UT) and Brian White (UT) Journal of Accounting Research, December 2016, 54(5), pp.1267-1296 Clor-Proell, Koonce & White conducted a study with McCombs alumni who had 20 years… Continue Reading →

In Memoriam

Dr. Charles Henry Griffin, BBA ’42, MBA ’48 and PhD ’53, passed away on July 29, 2016. He began his career on the Texas Accounting faculty in 1962. A gifted educator, he was honored with the Jack G. Taylor Teaching… Continue Reading →

A Night of Memories and Goodbyes

The Department of Accounting celebrated at a retirement dinner for friends, family and colleagues of Bill Kinney. Everyone came together to share stories about his impact on accounting research, teaching and auditing practice.              … Continue Reading →

Department Chair Letter – Summer 2016

Dear Accounting Longhorns: I am composing this letter on the day of the spring BBA commencement and the day before MPA commencement. The faculty, newly minted graduates, and I take this opportunity to thank all our alumni for generously supporting… Continue Reading →

An Accounting Legend Retires

Professor Bill Kinney has led the development of research on auditing and related accounting phenomena for almost 50 years. During this time, he’s educated students and inspired colleagues with his passion for the accounting profession. In 1988, Bill Kinney joined… Continue Reading →

Retirement Is Jim Deitrick’s Next Journey

For the Department of Accounting, saying goodbye to Dr. Jim Deitrick after 39 years of teaching is bittersweet. His smiling face and passion for teaching will be missed. Jim Deitrick, currently the KPMG Faculty Fellow, has taught undergraduate, masters’ and… Continue Reading →

Texas MPA Students Win Elijah Watt Sells Awards

Last year we were excited to share that four of our students had earned the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells Award for 2014. The award is given to candidates who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections… Continue Reading →

Maia Yang Selected for GASB Internship

We are proud to announce that Maia Yang (MPA ‘ 16) has been offered a Postgraduate Technical Assistant (PTA) position with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Beginning in July, Maia will gather firsthand experience in how governmental standards are… Continue Reading →

Accounting Athletes… Much More Than Numbers!

MPA students are more than just future accountants. Our students work hard and have well-rounded lives, including athletic endeavors. From varsity level competitors, to dedicated amateur athletes, students represent the accounting profession across the campus and city of Austin. Imani… Continue Reading →

Alumni News – Summer 2016

Jerome Kern (BBA ’96, MPA ’96) was named vice president and chief financial officer of Flexi-Van Leasing, a lessor of specialized equipment for the intermodal transportation industry. Anna Tchernina (BBA ’99, MPA ’99) is Facebook’s Internal Audit Director. After completing… Continue Reading →

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