School of Accountancy News
Top 50 Rankings!
The School of Accountancy is happy to report that we are ranked in the “Top 50” graduate and undergraduate programs in The Public Accounting Report 2019 Annual Rankings. For programs with 16 or fewer faculty members, the undergraduate program is ranked #5...
Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Kathryn Brightbill, graduated with her PhD in accounting from the University of Iowa and bachelor’s in accounting from Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation explores the conditions under which analyst teams issu...
Institute of Management Accountant Scholarships
Jessica Peters and Sam Adams both received $2,500 IMA scholarships for the 2019-20 academic year. Jessica recently served as the newsletter specialist for our IMA student chapter and Sam served as a vice president this past year and will serve as the pres...
Huntsman School Commencement 2019
Utah State University celebrated its 132nd Commencement of May 2-3, 2019. The Huntsman School graduated 1,189 students, including Ivan Cheah, our Scholar of the Year, who came to USU from Malaysia, to those who grew up just a few blocks from campus.
Huntsman School Establishes Fund for Faculty Excellence
Utah State University’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business announced the establishment of the Huntsman Fund for Faculty Excellence. The $15 million fund will create a permanent endowment for named professorships.
40 Under 40
School of Accountancy alum, Heather Allen, ’04 was recognized in the February 2019 edition of Utah Business Magazine as a “40 Under 40” honoree. Heather was recently promoted to tax partner at Tanner LLC, and is one of the few female partners in public ac...
USU Alum Receives Rising Star Award
Steve Hurd ’12 received the UACPA Rising Star award at the UACPA’s Annual Inauguration & Awards Banquet. This award is presented to individuals who exemplify excellence and dedication to the UACPA and the CPA profession. Steve joins fellow Aggies Jill Aok...
My Huntsman Experience
My Huntsman experience has been nothing short of incredible. Inside the classroom, I have learned from professors worthy of the most elite business schools in the world, including Paul Fjeldsted, Ben Blau, and TJ Bond. Outside of the classroom, I have exp...
SOA Welcomes Dr. Lynn Rees and Dr. James Cannon as the Newest Members of the Faculty
Professor Lynn Rees is the Bonnie B. and James H. Quigley/Deloitte Foundation Professor of Accountancy at Utah State University. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University and has previously been on the faculties at Texas A&M University, Washingt...
Institute of Management Accountant Scholarships
Jared Fry and Aubree Matheson both received $2,500 IMA scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year. Jared recently served as treasurer for our IMA student chapter and will be the president for the 2018-19 academic year. Aubree served as secretary for the 2...
2018 Huntsman School Student and Faculty Awards
Every year, the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business recognizes top-performing students, staff, and faculty for their academic and professional accomplishments. In April, the Huntsman School recognized 54 award recipients at an awards luncheon in the L. Tom...
Congratulations Class of 2018
The Jon M. Huntsman School Commencement Ceremony held on May 5, 2018, recognized the 807 undergraduates earning their bachelor’s degree. Dean Douglas Anderson introduced the class of 2018, led by Huntsman School Teacher of the Year Polly Conrad, a lectur...
Accounting Student Named Valedictorian
Accounting Student Named Valedictorian The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business named accounting student, Dillon Pierson, it’s 2017-2018 valedictorian. Dillon completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting with a 4.0 GPA. During his comme...
Beta Alpha Psi Achieves Top Status Again
The Delta Omega Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi earned the “Superior Chapter” award for the 39th consecutive year – longer than any other chapter in the nation. They are well on their way to celebrating 40 consecutive years of earning the “Superior Chapter” awa...
School of Accountancy Ranked Nationally Again
The School of Accountancy in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business has once again been ranked as one of the best accounting programs in the nation.
Public Accounting Report 2017 Rankings
The School of Accountancy is excited to report that we continue to rank in the “Top 50” graduate and undergraduate programs in The Public Accounting Report 2017 Annual Rankings.
Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research highlights of Huntsman School faculty members.
In-state Tuition for all MAcc Students from 16 Western States
Some students who are beginning the MAcc program in the Fall 2017 semester or later may have the benefit of paying in-state tuition to obtain their MAcc degree due to the program’s recent designation as a Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) by the We...
USU Accounting Alum Wins International Internal Audit Research Award
USU Accounting alum, Lancelot Giles ’09, recently received the Esther R. Sawyer Research award at The Institute of Internal Auditors’ 75th annual conference in New York. The Sawyer Award is an annual worldwide competition open to undergraduate or graduat...
Rising to the Top
Rising to the Top
Kathryn Fargam, ’09 receives UACPA Award
Kathryn Fargam, ’09 received the UACPA award for Women to Watch: Emerging Leader at the UACPA’s Annual Inauguration & Awards Banquet this fall. This award is presented to a woman professional who has made significant contributions to the profession and h...
School of Accountancy Tax Team Takes 2nd Place!
Last weekend, a team of students from the School of Accountancy competed in Deloitte’s FanTAXtic regional competition in Salt Lake City and received a second place finish right behind UT Austin, the number one accounting school in the nation. The team co...
Kari Olsen, assistant professor of accounting, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 IRF Emerging Scholar Manuscript Award by the Institute of Management Accountants. He was also awarded a grant from the Institute for Management Accountants t...
Bringing Global Vision to Accounting
“If you look at the strategic pillars of the Huntsman School, global vision is a standard. We really have to understand what is happening outside of Cache Valley, Utah, and the United States,” noted Dr. Chris Skousen, associate department head of the Acco...
Accounting Grad Scores Prestigious Internship
Recent MAcc (Master of Accounting) graduate Dillon Jones will spend the next year in Norwalk, CT, at a prestigious internship for the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). The Postgraduate Technical Assistant Program is “a one-year term, during wh...
SOA Faculty Receives National IMA Award
Congratulations to Dr. Kari Olsen who was selected by the IMA Research Foundation to receive the 2016 IRF Emerging Scholar for the Competitive Manuscript Award. This award is given annually to a single emerging scholar (or lead author recognition) of man...
New Executive Master of Accounting Program
The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is pleased to announce the creation of an Executive Master of Accounting (EMAcc) program scheduled to begin in June, 2016. This graduate program is a pioneering effort in which both the content and delivery are tailo...
Accounting Student Interns at PCAOB
Samuel Lindquist, a junior in accounting and club hockey player recently began an internship with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in Washington D.C. He is one of three interns selected from the around the world in the Office of Rese...
New Record for Accounting
For 20 consecutive years the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) student chapter in the Huntsman School has been selected to receive the Award of Excellence as an Outstanding Student Chapter. In addition, this year the chapter also won the award for...
New Professorship in Accounting
The School of Accountancy in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University has formed a $1.5 million Bonnie B. and James H. Quigley/Deloitte Foundation Professorship in Accounting thanks to support provided by the Quigley’s, with added s...
Faculty Research - Chad Simon
During the era when the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) was passed, audit committees were given heightened responsibility and faced more stringent requirements. However, according to new research by Huntsman accounting professor Chad Simon and his co-authors (se...
Kyle Spackman - Student Success Story
Kyle shares what life is like as a pre-dental student majoring in business.
Accounting Student Receives Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award - May 2015
School of Accountancy student, Michael Bills, receives the Whitesides Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for USU. Accounting students have received two of the last three Whitesides Scholar-Athlete of the Year Awards.
USU's BAP Chapter Wins Regional Deloitte Best Practices Competition - April 2015
USU’s Delta Omega chapter of Beta Alpha Psi is famous for being the longest concurrent running “Superior” chapter in the entire organization which includes nearly 300 chapters throughout the United States and recently expanded into Asia and Oceania. The c...
USU Honors Two Huntsman Grads
Two graduates of the Huntsman School, Blake Kirby, Accounting, ’92, and David Miller, Finance, ’87, were honored by Utah State University with Distinguished Alumnus Awards at the annual Founders Day celebration.
Larzette G. Hale
Larzette Hale, a mighty force in the lives of all she touched, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Dr. Hale was an accounting faculty member and department head of the School of Accountancy from 1971 to 1990.
Help with tax returns - March 2015
At the beginning of each new year, many USU students and members of the community turn to the School of Accountancy at the Huntsman School for help with filling out tax returns. Through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a program where the IRS partn...
Tax Return Assistance for Students
Tax season is here and the question for some Utah State University students is how to file tax returns for much-needed money from the past year. To help students with this yearly ritual, there are a number of options available, including one-on-one help o...
SOA Rises to 21st in CPA Exam Pass Rate - February 2015
The School of Accountancy placed 21st out of 254 institutions in the 2014 Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam pass rate for large programs (more than 60 candidates), up from 30th place in 2013.
SOA Advisory Board member, Clark Wilkinson, featured in The Journal Entry Magazine - January 2015
Clark Wilkinson, a member of the School of Accountancy Advisory Board is featured in the January Issue of The Journal Entry magazine.
Something in the Water?? - November 2014
There is a huge shortage of Ph.D.s in Accounting. According to studies by the American Accounting Association the average accounting professor is now, unbelievably, 60 years old. Few people are electing to pursue the rigorous and lengthy trail toward that...
USU Delta Omega Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi Sets World Record-October 2014
This month the USU Delta Omega Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi achieved the prestigious Superior status, which makes them the longest concurrent superior chapter in the world. The Utah State chapter has achieved this status every year since 1977. Worldwide ther...
Accounting Student Receives Accolades for Inspiration
Each year, Beta Alpha Psi, the international honors organization for accounting, and the American Institute of CPA’s jointly sponsor the medal of inspiration, which is awarded to the one student whose life story is most likely to encourage others to reach...
SOA with IASeminars Offer US GAAP Certificate to International Professionals-October 2014
The Huntsman School of Business’ School of Accountancy with IASeminars will be offering US GAAP Certification to international business professionals. Huntsman SOA faculty will design a topical curriculum and seminar series, culminating in a certification...
SOA Welcomes New Faculty, Dr. Tim Seidel - August 2014
The School of Accountancy welcomes Dr. Tim Seidel as the newest member of the faculty.
Accounting RCDE Faculty Receives Grant - July 2014
Rhett Hunt, an accounting faculty member at the Regional Campus in Vernal receives a grant for student internships. The purpose of the grant is to help strengthen relationships between local accounting firms and USU, improve employment opportunities for U...
MAcc Student Receives AICPA Medal of Inspiration - June 2014
We recently received notification that our own Lucien Butler has been selected as this year’s National Medal of Inspiration Award winner. This award is co-sponsored by the Beta Alpha Psi organization and the AICPA with a $5,000 cash award funded by the AI...
Professor Frank Shuman Receives National IMA Award - May 2014
Professor Frank Shuman has been selected to receive the Ursel K. Albers IMA Campus Advocate of the Year Award. Frank was selected for this award because of his significant contributions to IMA student members and IMA overall. The USU chapter of IMA has re...
Another Elijah Watt Sells Winner - April 2014
We are pleased to announce that another recent graduate from Utah State's School of Accountancy has received the Elijah Watt Sells Award. We congratulate Tyson Irwin on this prestigious accomplishment. Tyson was among the 94,000+ candidates who sat for th...
Non-Resident Tuition Waiver for Excellence - March 2014
The Non-Resident Tuition Waiver for Excellence is a one-year waiver of the non-resident portion of graduate tuition. It is available for all new students applying to USU’s School of Graduate Studies—regardless of program or degree—whose GPA and national c...
Professor Frank Shuman Recognized in IMA Magazine - February 2014
The student chapter at Utah State University is one of IMA’s ongoing success stories. For 18 consecutive years, the chapter has achieved the Gold Level Award of Excellence. For five of those years, including 2013, it’s been named an Outstanding Student Ch...
Dr. Larry Walther Receives the Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award - January 2014
Dr. Larry Walther, head of the School of Accountancy, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Merit Award by The Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). This award annually honors an outstanding contribution by a faculty m...
37th Annual Accounting Conference - November 2013
During October, The School of Accounting hosted the 37th Annual Accounting Conference. Attendance was a record level, largely attributable to the outstanding group of distinguished presenters. Key speakers included:
USU’s IMA Chapter Receives Multiple Awards - October 2013
Congratulations to our IMA student chapter who not only received a 2012-2013 Gold Award of Excellence (for the 18th consecutive year), but was selected as one of only four IMA chapters in the nation to receive an Outstanding Student Chapter award for the ...
Rosemary Fullerton Receives Honorable Mention - October 2013
Professor Rosemary Fullerton received Honorable Mention for her submission to the Mark Chain/AICPA 2013 Teaching Innovation Award
School of Accountancy Programs Ranked 34th and 37th by Public Accounting Report
A publication widely read within the accounting profession, Public Accounting Report, has ranked the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University at 34th in the nation, with its graduate program at 37th.
E&Y Sponsors Classroom in Huntsman Hall - August 2013
Ernst & Young is among several sponsors who have pledged to fund for named rooms in the new Huntsman Hall addition to the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business building opening Fall 2015.
Wes Yeomans named to School of Accountancy Advisory Board - July 2013
Wes Yeomans will replace Mark Stevens from Deloitte as the newest member of the SOA Advisory Board. Wes is a CPA with over 11 years of experience in public accounting.
Nicole Forsgren-Velasquez Receives NASA Funding - June 2013
Nicole Foregren-Velasquez, new faculty member with a joint appointment in the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems departments, recently learned that her proposal to study knowledge management at NASA has received approval and funding ...
Huntsman Club, Beta Alpha Psi, Wins Two First-Prize Awards at Deloitte Best Practices Competition - May 2013
Huntsman students and officers of the accounting club Beta Alpha Psi recently traveled to Denver, Colo., to attend a Deloitte Best Practices competition and took first place in two out of three categories. They competed against teams from Brigham Young Un...
Two Elijah Watt Sells Award winners - April 2013
We are pleased to announce that two recent graduates from Utah State’s School of Accountancy are 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners. Jill Aoki and Anthony Lemon each earned nation leading CPA exam scores and received this prestigious recognition.
School of Accountancy is Ranked 46th in the Nation by Public Accounting Report - March 2013
A publication widely read within the accounting profession, Public Accounting Report, has ranked the School of Accountancy at the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in the top 50 among accounting schools nationwide.
USU’s School of Accountancy is pleased to announce achievement of AACSB accreditation for five additional years - February 2013
On January 14th, the AACSB Accounting Accreditation Committee granted a continuation of accreditation for USU’s accounting undergraduate and master’s degree programs. USU’s School of Accountancy is one of a select group of schools worldwide to have been
Beta Alpha Psi Reaches Out to Boy Scouts - January 2013
Beta Alpha Psi members recently conducted a highly successful service event for 82 Boy Scouts and their scoutmasters educating them about careers in accounting as well as taking them through the steps toward earning their personal management merit badge, ...
Nate Stephens Earns Two Best Paper Awards - December 2012
It is a rare thing for an author to win a best paper award for his or her published research. It is even more unusual, however, for an author to win two of those awards in the same year. Yet Nate Stephens, assistant professor of accounting, has done just ...
Watch Some of the Excellent Presentations from the 36th Annual Accounting Conference - November 2012
The 36th Annual Accounting Conference was an outstanding success. See following links to some of the presentations.
36th Annual Accounting Conference - October 2012
The 36th Annual Accounting Conference on Thursday, October 25th promises to be the best in years. The conference will present the latest information relevant to today's accounting environment . . .
Ryan Dent, '00, Promoted to Partner - August 2012
Ryan Dent, '00, was recently promoted to Partner in the Assurance practice at PwC, LLP. His promotion coincides with his relocation back to Salt Lake City after spending four years on the East Coast . . .
Larzette G. Hale – A Leader Who Made an Impact - July 2012
The June 2012 issue of the Journal of Accountancy lists Larzette G. Hale as one of 125 people who “left a mark on the accounting profession.” In celebration of the AICPA’s 125th anniversary, the Journal of Accountancy identified 125 people who have made
Jack Peterson Retires - June 2012
After 29 years of dedicated service to thousands of students at Utah State University, Jack Peterson will retire on June 30, 2012. Jack has taught financial, managerial, and audit courses throughout his teaching career;
SOA Faculty Member Receives Back-to-back Awards - May 2012
Congratulations to faculty member Nate Stephens who received two prestigious awards for research excellence.
School of Accountancy Welcomes New Faculty Members - April 2012
The SOA is pleased to announce the hire of two outstanding assistant professors who will join our faculty in July 2012.
Jef Doyle receives appointment at the FASB - March 2012
Congratulations to Dr. Jeffrey Doyle, George S. Eccles Chair in Capital Markets Research, who has been asked to serve a one-year appointment as the Faculty Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
Mark and Jennifer Erickson Endowment Established in the School of Accountancy - February 2012
Mark ’95, and Jennifer ’93, Erickson have always believed in giving back to show gratitude. Early in their marriage, as a young couple without much in the way of income or worldly possessions, they discussed what they would like to do in the future if the...
Significant Research Discovery Relevant to the Auditing Profession - January 2012
Chris Skousen recently received word that his co-authored research article Haphazard Sampling: Selection Biases Induced by Control Listing Properties and the Estimation Consequences of these Biases has been accepted for publication in Behavioral Research ...
Jim Quigley, '74, former Deloitte Global CEO, speaks to Huntsman School students – December 2011
Students in the Huntsman School of Business were given first-hand insight into leadership techniques employed by one of the most outstanding business leaders in the world. On November 16, Jim Quigley was the guest speaker at the Dean’s Convocation. Much o...
Whistleblower Speaks at Annual Accounting Seminar - November 2011
Former WorldCom employee, Cynthia Cooper, recalls her experience of exposing fraud at the annual Accounting Conference on October 20 . . .
Mark and Jennifer Erickson, Distinguished Young Alumni - October 2011
Mark and Jennifer Erickson were recently recognized as USU's Distinguished Young Alumni . . . read more
J. Scott Nixon appointed to USU Board of Trustees - September 2011
Governor Gary Herbert has appointed J. Scott Nixon ('83 BA, '84 MAcc) to a four-year term as a member of the Utah State University Board of Trustees. . .
Recipients of 2010 All-In Campaign - August 2011
The School of Accountancy is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 All-In Award. The following five firms succeeded in earning this recognition: Deloitte, HJ & Associates, KPMG, Schmitt, Griffiths, Smith & Co., and Tanner. The All-In Campaign was...
Rosemary Fullerton Named UACPA Outstanding Educator - July 2011
Congratulations to Dr. Rosemary Fullerton who has been recognized by the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants as the 2011 Outstanding Educator of the Year. . .
IMA Chapter Earns Gold -- June 2011
IMA Student Chapter Earns Gold USU’s Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) student chapter earned the Gold level Award of Excellence designation for the 16th consecutive year.
USU School of Accounting Obtains Exclusive World-Wide Rights to Offer Online Course via Principlesofaccounting.com - May 2011
Through an exclusive world-wide license with principlesofaccounting.com, USU and The School of Accountancy now offer a 3 semester hour online course for Financial Accounting Principles (Accounting 2010). This is a carefully designed, high quality course, ...
Freddy Ishola is a recent recipient of the AICPA Minority Scholarship. April 2011
Freddy Ishola is a recent recipient of the AICPA Minority Scholarship.
Beta Alpha Psi wins Ernst & Young LLP Diversity Award - March 2011
USU's Beta Alpha Psi chapter was chosen as one of ten chapters in the nation to receive an initial award of $500 for a winning proposal for the Ernst & Young Diversity Award. read more. . .
JoLynn Runolfson Selected as Contributing Author in Fraud Book. - February 2011
JoLynn Runolfson, SOA Lecturer at the Uintah Basin site, has been selected as a contributing author in a soon-to-be published book in the “Fraud Casebook” series authored by Dr. Joseph T. Wells, founder and Chairman of the Board of the Association of Cert...
Jim Quigley, USU accounting alum and global CEO for Deloitte, is author of new book. - January 2011
USU accounting alum and global CEO for Deloitte, Jim Quigley, has authored a soon-to-be released book entitled As One. This book provides an insightful look at management style and structure, and shows how melding leadership style with organizational arch...