Professor from Coles College of Business at KSU accepts prominent roles in accounting community

Kennesaw‚ Ga. (Feb. 20‚ 2007) – Coles College of Business associate professor of accounting Audrey…

Georgia (Feb 20, 2007) — Professor from Coles College of Business at KSU accepts prominent roles in accounting community

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Kennesaw‚ Ga. (Feb. 20‚ 2007) – Coles College of Business associate professor of accounting Audrey Gramling is taking leadership roles with two top business organizations: the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

Gramling has been elected president of the auditing section of the AAA. She will serve as president−elect beginning August of this year and will assume the presidency in August 2008.

“Assuming presidency of the auditing section of the American Accounting Association is a significant position and reflects the tremendous reputation Audrey has in the auditing community‚” said W. Ken Harmon‚ Chairman of the Coles College’s Accounting Department.

In addition‚ Gramling has also been selected to serve as a member of COSO’s monitoring project task force. COSO is a voluntary private sector organization that promotes quality financial reporting‚ business ethics‚ effective internal controls and corporate governance.

As a task force member of COSO‚ Gramling will participate in a research project aimed at helping companies monitor the quality of their internal control systems. The research will help companies develop effective strategies for managing their control systems‚ as well as help them maintain compliance with the Sarbanes−Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The project is scheduled for completion in 2008.

“We are proud of the recognition Audrey is receiving for her outstanding commitment to the accounting community. She is uniquely qualified to fulfill both roles and we are delighted that she has been chosen to assume these leadership positions‚” said Timothy S. Mescon‚ Dean of the Coles College of Business.

Gramling has been an associate professor of accounting at the Coles College of Business since 2005. Before joining the Kennesaw State University faculty‚ she served as an Academic Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.She has also taught at Georgia State University‚ Wake Forest University and the University of Illinois at Urbana−Champaign. Gramling also provides executive training for banks‚ public accounting firms and audit committees.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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