KSU professor wins prestigious accounting award

Michael J. Coles College of Business accounting professor Dana R. Hermanson received the Wildman…

Georgia (Aug 18, 2008) — KSU professor wins prestigious accounting award

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Kennesaw State professor Dana R. Hermanson wins prestigious accounting award
American Accounting Association’s Wildman Medal recognizes best in published work

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Aug. 18‚ 2008) — Michael J. Coles College of Business accounting professor Dana R. Hermanson received the Wildman Medal‚ one of the most prestigious academic awards in the field of accounting‚ at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association earlier this month.

Hermanson‚ the Dinos Eminent Scholar Chair of Private Enterprise‚ was awarded the 2008 Wildman Medal for a paper he published with three other colleagues synthesizing the research on how external auditors evaluate various risks associated with auditing a company’s books. His co−authors were Robert D. Allen of the University of Utah; Thomas M. Kozloski of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo‚ Ontario‚ Canada; and Robert J. Ramsay of the University of Kentucky.

The Wildman Medal‚ sponsored by the accounting firm Deloitte‚ is awarded each year to the authors of the publication that is likely to have the most significant impact on the practice of public accounting. The list of past winners reads like a “Who’s Who” among accounting researchers.

“The Wildman Medal is extremely meaningful to me because it recognizes research that contributes to the practice of accounting‚” said Hermanson‚ who has taught at KSU since 1993. “I am very thankful to the leadership of the Coles College of Business and to my colleagues for creating an environment that fosters this type of work.”

Hermanson and his colleagues reviewed the academic literature on auditor risk assessment to support the efforts of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board‚ created by the Sarbanes−Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee auditors of public companies. The paper was published in June 2006 in the journal Accounting Horizons.

Hermanson has received several awards for his contributions in research‚ teaching and professional service. His research addresses issues related to auditing‚ corporate governance‚ information technology and accounting education. He has authored or co−authored more than 200 business publications. Hermanson was recently named co−editor of Accounting Horizons.

“Receiving this award is yet another confirmation of Dana’s expertise and singles him out as one of the premier researchers in his discipline‚” said Kathy Schwaig‚ interim dean of the Coles College of Business. “We’re so proud of Dana and appreciative of the recognition that he brings himself‚ the School of Accountancy and the Coles College. He is an exceptional colleague and we congratulate him for receiving this extraordinary honor.”


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of more than 21‚000 from 142 countries. The third largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 65 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including new doctorates in education and business. The Coles College is the largest business school in the state.


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