Message from the Dean
Dear Accountancy Alumni and Friends,
Things continue to go extremely well in the Patterson School of Accountancy. We recently concluded another successful academic year. Our commencement ceremony was held May 14, 2013 in the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and was highlighted by the commencement address of Ed Krei. Ed has an Ole Miss accounting degree and is a former gold medalist on the CPA Exam. He is the managing director of The Baker Group, a large independently owned securities investment firm in Oklahoma City, OK. Ed delivered an inspiring address that was well-received by students, families, and friends.
We offered a full slate of classes this summer and once again enjoyed a large summer enrollment. Official enrollment this fall is 1013 students, which represents an 11.3% increase over last year. We have 869 undergraduates, 130 in our masters program, and 14 doctoral students. We have now enjoyed all-time enrollment highs for eight consecutive years and the Patterson School continues to grow and thrive.
This issue of Ole Miss Accountant will update you on school events, the accomplishments of our faculty and students, and the achievements of our alumni. You will see that our faculty members are outstanding representatives of the Patterson School and The University of Mississippi, our students are dedicated and highly motivated, and our alumni are generous and willing supporters of the school and the university.
Our formal internship program, now in its 10th year, enjoyed banner results once again. We had 86 interns during spring 2013, which was an all-time high (up from 76 interns in spring 2012 and a large increase over the 57 in spring 2011). Our students interned throughout the southeast and southwest and we again had several interns in New York with one in London.
Accountancy Weekend 2013 was a great success, beginning with our annual Honors Banquet. Many awards were presented to our students, and the ceremony was highlighted by the induction of longtime outstanding alumni Bill Hope and Guy Moore into the Accountancy Hall of Fame. The faculty awards went to superb teachers and researchers. This year’s Outstanding Teacher was Dr. Tonya Flesher and Dr. Dale Flesher was named Outstanding Researcher.
The next day, our continuing education program featured wonderful guest speakers including Lynn Loden, Robert B. Nance, Brian Roberson, Cal Christian, and Angela Morelock. Approximately 125 attendees registered for the event, and we are pleased that interest continues to grow.
In early May, Beta Alpha Psi hosted its spring Meet the Firms event, followed the next day by the ninth annual BAP Golf Tournament to raise funds for student activities and travel. Even though golf was rained out, both events were a great success.
As always, I would like to express my deep gratitude for your support of the Patterson School of Accountancy. Our alumni and friends are tremendously generous and a model for the rest of the university. Please visit us when you are on campus, and let us know if we can be of help to you in any way.
W. Mark Wilder, Ph.D.
Dean and KPMG Professor