Two alumni recognized with professional achievement awards
They’ve called one of them "Mr.CPA" and the other one could probably be called "Mr. USU."
Gail Anger, a founder of Professional Business Advisors, and M. Kay Jeppesen, the vice president for information technology and chief information officer for USU, were both honored with the Professional Achievement Awards last fall. Professional Achievement Awards are presented to recognize alumni who achieve extraordinary success in their careers and demonstrate uncommon leadership in their communities.
Gail worked for the IRS for 26 years. Until about a year ago he had been a tax principal at Tanner LLC, but he left to form Professional Business Advisors. When he graduated 1963 from USU with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, he was named Outstanding Business Student.
He is regular speaker for the Utah Association of CPAs (UACPA), which honored him with the Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 1999, the Outstanding CPA In Public Practice Award in 2000, and the Distinguished Service Award in 2003. His expertise is so well known that some have called him "Mr. CPA."
All of us at Utah State University are very fortunate to have a person of his talent and wisdom leading this important dimension of our university."
– Provost Raymond Coward of M. Kay Jeppesen
"It’s one thing to be an expert," Dean Douglas D. Anderson said. "It’s quite another to be an expert that people actually want to listen to. Mr. Anger is a sought-after speaker who has been invited repeatedly, by several different organizations to share his expertise."
Gail’s 26 years experience with the IRS and understanding of the IRS tax code have led some to call him a "walking code book," Dean Anderson said.
Kay graduated in 1957 from USU with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and started working here in 1961. He left for two years to work for a CPA firm but returned to USU. He has served as associate vice president for research, acting director of the USU Innovation Campus, director of contracts and grants and acting director of Technology Commercialization for USU.
A quote from Executive Vice President and Provost Raymond Coward was read when Kay was recognized.
"All of us at Utah State are very fortunate to have a person of his talent and wisdom leading this important dimension of our university," the provost wrote. "He is a ‘True Aggie’ and works tirelessly each day to build a stronger university."
Dean Anderson said that people who have worked with him have described him as a leader who is calm and kind under pressure and someone who knows how to bring out the best in people.
Dean Anderson presented the awards to Kay and Gail.
"It’s rewarding to have alumni like Kay and Gail who have excelled in the workplace and proven themselves to be extraordinarily capable, ethical leaders ,"Dean Anderson said. "We know, in large part, they return to campus to be recognized because they care about the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business and the students we serve. We are grateful for their examples and the leadership they offer."