Doyle Z. Williams joins faculty of Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 11‚ 2006) – Doyle Z. Williams‚ Ph.D.‚ a well−known figure in the field of…

Georgia (Oct 12, 2006) — Doyle Z. Williams joins faculty of Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University

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KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Oct. 11‚ 2006) – Doyle Z. Williams‚ Ph.D.‚ a well−known figure in the field of accounting education‚ has joined the faculty of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University. Williams holds the position of Senior Scholar in the Department of Accounting.

“Doyle Williams is a scholar and leader in academe and industry‚” said Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. “We are so very fortunate to secure his many talents in support of our accounting and business programs.”

Williams is Dean Emeritus of the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas‚ one of the nation's top 25 public undergraduate business schools‚ where an accounting chair was established in his name. He founded the Leventhal School of Accounting at the University of Southern California‚ where he served as dean until his retirement last year. He has also written dozens of articles and contributed to at least ten books since beginning his academic career at Texas Tech University many years ago.

In 2004‚ he became Chairman of AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business‚ which advances management education worldwide through accreditation and thought leadership. He has also been Vice President and a board member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA)‚ which awarded him its highest award‚ the Gold Medal for Distinguished Service‚ as well as its Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. He has also served as president of several national and regional associations including the American Accounting Association‚ the Accounting Program Leadership Group‚ the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and the Southwestern Business Deans’ Association. He has also been a member of the Advisory Board for the National Commission on Fraudulent Financial Reporting and a regent for the Chartered Bank Auditor Program.

Additional honors include Beta Alpha Psi’s National Council Accountant of the Year Award‚ the California Society of CPAs Distinguished Professor Award‚ the USC School of Accounting’s Distinguished Service Award‚ the Federation of Schools of Accountancy Faculty Merit Award‚ the Academy of Business Administration’s National Leadership Award‚ the American Accounting Association's Outstanding Accounting Educator Award‚ and the Arkansas Society of CPAs’ Lifetime Achievement Award in Education.

“Accounting education has never been more important‚ and Doyle Williams is an invaluable resource for our graduate and undergraduate students‚” said Coles College Accounting Department Chair Ken Harmon.


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