Faculty, Staff, and Ph.D. Program
Dr. W. Mark Wilder, Dean and KPMG Chair of Accountancy
Dr. Mark Wilder is Dean and KPMG Chairholder in the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. His educational background includes an associates degree from Tyler (TX) Junior College, a bachelors degree from The University of Alabama, an MBA from the University of South Alabama, and a PhD in Accounting from Florida State University. Dr. Wilder is a CPA and has been on the faculty at Ole Miss since 1993, serving as dean since 2006. His expertise is in financial accounting and he continues to teach the two intermediate courses as well as a doctoral seminar in financial accounting. He has published in a variety of journals including Accounting Horizons, Advances in Taxation, the Journal of International Accounting Research, the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, the Journal of Computer and Information Systems, the CPA Journal, and others.
Dr. Wilder has been instrumental in the development of the School of Accountancy’s highly successful internship program. He has also been active in the Mississippi Society of CPAs, previously serving as president of the Northeast Chapter, as state-wide Treasurer, an appointment on the Board of Governors, and as chair of the Awards, Education, and Scholarships Committee.
Dr. Wilder has received the top two campus-wide faculty awards at Ole Miss including (i) the prestigious Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award in 2005, and (ii) the Faculty Achievement Award in 2004 which is an all-around faculty award recognizing outstanding teaching, research, and service. In 2006, Mark was honored as the MSCPA Outstanding Educator and was also the University of Mississippi HEADWAE Faculty Honoree for 2006. He is also a two-time winner of both of the Patterson School’s top faculty awards (the Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding Researcher Award).
On a personal note, Mark was an All-American and ALL-SEC tennis performer at the collegiate level and attained an ATP World Ranking of #298 in 1987. He and his father Red were inducted into the Alabama Tennis Hall of Fame together in 2004. Mark is married to the former Denise (Dede) English of Pensacola, Florida. They have sons Zach and Sam.
Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin, Associate Professor
Kendall Bowlin, PhD, CPA (inactive) joined the School of Accountancy faculty in 2008 after earning his PhD at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his doctoral studies, Kendall received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ole Miss School of Business and a Master of Accountancy from the Ole Miss School of Accountancy in 1998 and 1999, respectively, and then spent four years as an auditor in Ernst & Young’s Memphis, TN office.
Kendall’s primary teaching and research interests are in the field of auditing. His research focuses on the strategic aspects of interactions between auditors and client managers. He is particularly interested in the ways in which institutional features of the audit environment affect the auditor’s ability to anticipate and respond to the manager’s possible tendencies toward financial misreporting.
Kendall and his wife, Lisbeth, have two children, Mary Kennedy and Charlie.
Dr. Brett Cantrell, Assistant Professor
Brett Cantrell, PhD, CPA, is an assistant professor of accounting at the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. Brett received his PhD in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. His B.S. and M.S. in accounting are from the University of Mississippi.
Brett’s research examines the quality and usefulness of bank accounting estimates such as the allowance for loan losses. His work has been published in The Accounting Review. Brett is a certified public accountant in the state of Mississippi (inactive). Prior to his doctoral studies, Brett served in the audit practice of KPMG’s Birmingham, AL office.
Dr. Judith Cassidy, Associate Professor, Emeritus
Dr. Judith Cassidy, CPA, CMA is an associate professor of accountancy. She holds a BA in Economics from Tulane and attended Tulane University School of Public Health. She worked in medical practice management for twelve years and then returned to school to earn an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University. She is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Mississippi State Society of CPA’s and Financial Executives International. She has published in Advances in Accounting, The Journal of Applied Business Research, The Woman CPA, The Journal of Cost Management, and Benefits Quarterly. Dr. Cassidy teaches and researches in the areas of cost/managerial accounting and international accounting and co-ordinates the School of Accountancy’s study abroad program in London each summer.
Dr. James W. Davis, Peery Professor of Accountancy, Emeritus
Dr. James W. Davis is a professor in the Patterson School of Accountancy and holds the distinguished Peery Chair in Accountancy. He served as dean of the school from 1993 until 2002, and has been a member of the accountancy faculty since 1965. Dr. Davis is a native of Panola County, Mississippi, and attended public schools at Pleasant Grove and Sardis. He holds bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Ole Miss, all with majors in accountancy.
He is a Certified Public Accountant (retired) and has experience in industry and in the Houston office of Arthur Andersen. He served as president of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants in 1983-1984.Previously he had served as the Society’s secretary, chair of several committees and as a member of the Board of Governors.
As the unofficial historian for the Society, he authored a history of accountancy in Mississippi in 1977, based upon his doctoral dissertation.
Former students and friends of Dr. Davis have established The James W. Davis Scholarship in Accountancy at The University of Mississippi Foundation. The endowment of approximately $600,000 provides $3,000 scholarships annually for several accountancy students and is administered by the Dean of the Patterson School of Accountancy.
Dr. Davis received the University-wide Outstanding Teacher Award in 1985 and received the Patterson School’s outstanding teacher awards in 1983, 1988, 1993, 2004 and 2008. He received the Mississippi Society’s Outstanding Educator Award in 1993.
He is a trustee of the Mississippi Society’s Educational Foundation. He holds memberships in Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma, and Beta Alpha Psi. He is a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. Dr. Davis enjoys travel, reading, and collecting books and has a complete collection of Ole Miss Annuals.
Dr. Victoria Dickinson, Associate Professor
Vicki Dickinson, PhD, CPA, is an assistant professor of accounting at the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. Vicki received her PhD in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her B.S. and M.S. in accounting are from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota.
Vicki’s research examines the effect of industrial organization on firm performance and valuation through the lens of financial statement analysis. Her work has been published in The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, and Issues in Accounting Education.
Vicki was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Outstanding Teacher of the Year and the 2010-2011 Outstanding Researcher of the Year for the Patterson School of Accountancy, and received the 2007-2008 J. Michael Cook Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2008 Warrington College of Business Teacher of the Year, the 2009 Judy Fisher Teaching with Technology award, and was a 2008-2009 Anderson Scholar Faculty Honoree while on the faculty at the University of Florida.
Vicki is a certified public accountant in the state of Minnesota (inactive). She was an auditor and part of the Management Advisory Services team for Schweitzer, Rubin, Gottlieb and Karon, CPAs in Minneapolis, Minnesota (now CBIZ/Mayer Hoffman McCann). She later worked as a Sr. Financial Analyst (International Banking) at Wells Fargo (Minneapolis, MN) and as a Risk Analyst at Lockheed Martin (Calabasas, CA).
Dr. Rick Elam is the Reynolds Chair of Accountancy Emeritus in the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi where he taught elementary accounting for honors students, accounting systems, policy and ethics for graduate students. He was honored by the Mississippi Society of CPAs with their 2011 Outstanding Educator Award.
Dr. Elam continues to serve as a member of the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy where he was first appointed in 2004.
The Reynolds Chair is endowed as part of a $16.5 million gift in honor of Ole Miss Accountancy Alumnus E. H. “Pat” Patterson in recognition of his 25 years of service to Donald W. Reynolds and the Donrey Media Group, which Reynolds created. In response to the gift, University officials have renamed the school the “Patterson School of Accountancy.”
Before moving to Ole Miss, Dr. Elam, a nationally known authority on accounting education, served as Dean of the College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University, one of the largest accredited business schools with 3,000 majors and 111 faculty.
From 1989-95, Dr. Elam served as Vice-President-Education of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) where he managed three divisions: The Examinations Division prepares the Uniform CPA Examination, which was administered semiannually to 65,000 candidates; the Academic and Career Development Division, which influences the academic community and the public to attract highly qualified people into the accounting profession and ensure they receive the highest quality pre-certification education; and the AICPA Library, which serves the information and research needs of the Institute’s 325,000 members.
Prior to joining the AICPA in 1989, Dr. Elam was Dean of the School of Business at Rutgers University (Camden). Previously, he was Professor and Director of the School of Accountancy at the University of Missouri at Columbia.
He has written numerous professional articles and participated as a speaker at many national and international educators’ conferences. He is conducting research on the topic of Extensible Business Reporting Language. Dr. Elam serves on the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy. He holds a B.S. degree in business administration and economics from Culver-Stockton College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in accountancy from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Dr. Elam is married to Dr. Karen J. Elam. They have two adult children.
Dr. Dale L. Flesher, Professor of Accountancy, Associate Dean and Holder of Roland and Sheryl Burns Chair
Dr. Dale L. Flesher is professor and Holder of the Roland and Sheryl Burns Chair in the School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi, and serves as associate dean of the School of Accountancy. He is the coordinator of all graduate programs in Accountancy at Ole Miss. Dr. Flesher joined the Ole Miss faculty in 1977, following four years at Appalachian State University. He received both bachelors and masters degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Flesher holds CPA, CIA, CMA, CFM, CFE, and CGFM certificates. He has authored over 300 articles for more than 100 different professional journals throughout the world, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accountancy, Management Accounting, Internal Auditing, Internal Auditor, The CPA Journal, Government Accountants Journal, Managerial Auditing Journal, Taxation for Accountants, TAXES, The Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting, Business and Financial History, Business and Economic History, and Accounting, Organizations and Society. He is also the author of 50 books in 87 editions, including Operations Auditing in Hospitals, Internal Auditing Standards and Practices, Independent Auditors Guide to Operational Auditing, Introduction to Financial Accounting, CMA Examination Review (with Irv Gleim), and the 50th anniversary history of The Institute of Internal Auditors and the 75th anniversary history of the American Accounting Association. He also authored books on the history of AACSB and NASBA. He has had five tax books published by Commerce Clearing House. One of his recent books was a history of the accountancy program at Ole Miss.
Dr. Flesher is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Institute of CPAs, Mississippi Society of CPAs, American Taxation Association, Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Government Accountants, Institute of Management Accountants, American Accounting Association, Newcomen Society, Mississippi Historical Society, and the Academy of Accounting Historians (which he served as international president in 1988). Dr. Flesher has served as editor of The Accounting Historians Journal, a position he held from 1989 through 1994. He previously edited The Accounting Historians Notebook for ten years. Dr. Flesher has won numerous research and teaching awards. In 1987, he won the University of Mississippi’s Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award as the outstanding faculty member campus wide. Earlier, in 1976, he won the campus wide outstanding teacher of the year award from Appalachian State University. He won the 1990 Leon Radde Award from the Institute of Internal Auditors as the outstanding auditing educator worldwide. He was the Mississippi Society of CPAs 1998 Educator of the Year. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Finance and Industry. In 2005, he received the inaugural Thomas J. Burns Accounting Biography Award. He received four major awards in 2011. The AICPA honored Dr. Flesher with its Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award for his lifetime contributions to the accounting profession. The University of Mississippi gave Dr. Flesher its highest research honor, the Distinguished Research and Creative Achievement Award, for the many scholarly achievements during his long career. He was also selected by the American Accounting Association as the Outstanding Educator in the Southeast Region, and by the Emerald Literati Network for an outstanding book published in 2010 entitled Gerhard G. Mueller: Father of International Accounting Education. In 2012, he was honored by the Teaching, Learning, & Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association with that organization’s Hall of Honor Award.
One of his books and many articles have been translated into Chinese by a publisher in the People’s Republic of China. He previously served on an AICPA task force that drafted a Statement of Position. In 1996, he served on an AICPA task force coordinating the centennial celebration of the CPA examination. As part of the CPA centennial celebration, he co-produced and scripted an award-winning video on the history of the CPA in America. He was the Convener and Program Director for the 2004 World Congress of Accounting Historians. He has served on the Board of Directors of the AICPA Foundation and on the AICPA Council. He served as program co-chairman for the 2008 American Accounting Association annual meeting in Anaheim. He is serving on the Advisory Committee for the Celebration of the AICPA’s 125th Anniversary. He is serving as vice president of finance for the American Accounting Association (2011-2014).
Dr. Flesher served as treasurer of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford from 1985 to 2004. He also serves as treasurer of the University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honorary. He served nine years (1992-1997, 1998-2002) on the school board of Oxford-University School, a local private school. Besides his 45 years teaching experience, Dr. Flesher had short stints with Arthur Andersen & Co. in New Orleans, a local CPA firm in Muncie, Indiana, and Anaconda Corporation in Marion, Indiana. His hobbies include playing basketball, tennis, and softball, and collecting antique stock certificates (scripophily). His wife Tonya, also an Ole Miss Accountancy professor, was the MSCPA’s Outstanding Educator in 1995. They have a 30-year old son, Flyn, and a 19-year-old daughter, Felicity.
Dr. Tonya K. Flesher, Professor
Dr. Tonya K. Flesher is the Arthur Andersen professor of accountancy at The University of Mississippi. In 2003 she was presented with the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award, the University-wide teaching award. She was selected as the 1995 Outstanding Educator of the Year by the Mississippi Society of CPAs. Dr. Flesher served as dean of the School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi from 1987 to 1993. She was the first woman to hold an academic deanship in the 150-year history of the University. In addition to her faculty duties, she also serves as the director of the Tax History Research Center, which is jointly sponsored by the University and the Academy of Accounting Historians. She is a CPA. Her bachelors degree is from Ball State University, her masters from Appalachian State University, and her Ph.D. in accounting from The University of Mississippi. She has authored eight books and nearly 100 articles. Before she became dean, she was the editor of the most widely-used tax textbook in the country. Currently, Dr. Flesher is a contributing author to Concepts in Federal Taxation. She has published in such journals as the Journal of Accountancy, The Accounting Review, The CPA Journal, Advances in Taxation, Taxation for Accountants, The Tax Adviser, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Accounting and Business Research, TAXES– The Tax Magazine, and Management Accounting.
Dr. Flesher is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Institute of CPAs, the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association, the Mississippi Society of CPAs, and the Academy of Accounting Historians, the latter organization of which she served as international president in 1993. Tonya has previously had a regular column entitled “Computers in Tax” which appeared quarterly in The Tax Adviser. She has served as the Education Department editor of The Woman CPA. She has been a reviewer for the Accounting Historians Journal and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. Dr. Flesher was a member of the AICPA Minority Initiatives Committee. She currently serves on the AICPA Regulations Committee and the Content Committee which are responsible for the CPA examination.”
In previous years she has won both the School of Accountancy’s Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding Researcher Award. She was the 1986 recipient of the University of Mississippi’s Burlington Northern Faculty Achievement Award as an outstanding faculty member campus wide. In 2003, she was a H.E.A.D.W.A.E Outstanding Faculty honoree in the State of Mississippi.
Dr. Howard Lawrence, Clinical Professor of Accountancy
Dr. Howard Lawrence, CPA, CMA is a Clinical Professor of Accountancy. He holds a Ph.D. from The University of Mississippi, a MBA from Memphis State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brothers College. Dr. Lawrence has worked in the steel industry as a plant engineer and the paper industry as a design engineer. Dr. Lawrence has held a number of administrative positions including Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State Technical Institute at Memphis and President of the Nashville State Technical Institute. He comes to the Patterson School from Christian Brothers where he was Professor of Accounting.
Dr. Duffy A. Morf, Assistant Professor
Dr. Duffy A. Morf is an Assistant Professor in the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. He teaches a variety of accounting courses at the Tupelo and Southaven campuses. Dr. Morf earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, an M.B.A. from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. from The University of Mississippi. He is a C.P.A. in the state of Illinois. Dr. Morf has had an active role in industry for over twenty-five years. Starting his business career with Ernst & Young in Chicago, he then served as a controller, treasurer, chief financial officer, and president of various companies located in Chicago, San Francisco, and Denver. Dr. Morf has published an article about Ethics Officers in the Journal of Business Ethics, and articles in the Tennessee CPA Journal and the OSCPA Wire.
Prior to joining the Ole Miss faculty in 2000, Dr. Morf spent a year on the faculty of Lander University in South Carolina.
Dr. Morf is a member of the American Accounting Association, Academy of Accounting Historians and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Dr. Dave L. Nichols, Associate Professor
Dr. Dave L. Nichols is an Associate Professor in the E. H. Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in Accounting at Oklahoma State University. His research interests include, in addition to Title VII employment issues, accounting certification issues and the usefulness of geographic segment reporting. Professor Nichols’ articles have appeared in or have been accepted in the Southern Law Journal, Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, Journal of Computer Information Systems, Industrial Management, International Financial Management Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of Corporate Accounting & Finance, Human Resource Planning, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal, Journal of Individual Employment Rights, and the Journal of Contemporary Business Issues.
Dr. Jeff Pickerd, Assistant Professor
Jeffrey Pickerd, PhD, CPA joined the School of Accountancy faculty in 2016 after earning his PhD at The University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Prior to his doctoral studies, Jeffrey received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 2011 and a Master of Accountancy also from the Brigham Young University in 2011. He has taught courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting information systems. His research focuses on a variety of financial and auditing research topics. In particular, his research has focused on auditor liability and investor judgment and decision-making.
Dr. Jeff Pickerd Research
Dr. Rachna Prakash, Assistant Professor
Dr. Rachna Prakash is an Assistant Professor on the faculty at the Patterson School of Accountancy. She received her Ph.D. from Goizueta Business School, Emory University, in 2007. Prior to that, she earned her MS in Accounting from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA from the University of Rochester. Rachna is also a Chartered Accountant from India.
Rachna’s research examines capital market impact of firms’ disclosure choices and accounting policy. Her research has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Her recent research on carbon emissions has been widely cited in the business press and referred to by investment banks. In addition to being a regular speaker at major accounting conferences, she has a track record of invited presentations of her research work at the SEC, the PCAOB and at POMS (Operation Management meeting).
Rachna has teaching experience at both graduate and undergraduate level. Previously she served on the faculty at the Mason School of Business in the College of William and Mary and visiting faculty at Georgetown University, among others. In 2010, she was nominated for the “Ernst & Young Inclusive Excellence Award” for teaching. In addition to her academic experience, she has extensive international corporate experience having worked for KPMG in Delhi, Citibank in Mumbai, and Salomon Smith Barney in New York.
Dr. William R. Rhodes, Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Rhodes received his B.S. in Mathematics with a minor in English from Delta State University in 1974. He received an MBA degree with an emphasis in accounting from The University of Mississippi in 1976 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from The University of Mississippi in 1982.
He is a member of the Oxford Kiwanis Club, the Oxford-University United Methodist Church, the Mississippi State Bar, the AICPA, the Northeast Chapter of the Mississippi Society of CPAs, and the Mississippi Society of CPAs.
Dr. J Riley Shaw, Associate Professor
Dr. J Shaw earned his Ph.D. in accounting from Oklahoma State University in July 2002. His primary research interests are in the areas of capital markets and financial reporting. He is also interested in tax issues and specifically the tax aspects of aircraft ownership. He has articles published in Advances in Taxation, The Journal of Legal Tax Research, The Journal of International Accounting Research, Taxes-The Tax Magazine, Managerial Finance, and The International Journal of Accounting Literature. Dr. Shaw was selected as the Outstanding Researcher in the Patterson School of Accountancy for 2004-2005.
Dr. Shaw has taught nine courses at The University of Mississippi. He has taught Principles of Accounting I and II, Intermediate Accounting I and II, Federal Income Taxes I and II, Governmental Accounting, and a Ph.D. seminar in Financial Accounting and Capital Markets. He has also taught a study abroad course in London since 2008. He was selected by accountancy students as the Patterson School of Accountancy Outstanding Teacher for the academic years 2005-2006 and 2009-2010.
Dr. Shaw is the Faculty Advisor for Beta Alpha Psi and the Deloitte Tax Case Competition Team. He serves on the University’s Undergraduate Council, and has previously served on Faculty Senate. He has served on a University-wide Quality Enhancement Plan development committee. He is the former Editor of the newsletter for the Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Section of the American Accounting Association and is also the former Chair of the Committee on Teaching and Curriculum for the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association. He has presented topics covering the tax aspects of aircraft ownership at the Patterson School of Accountancy’s Accountancy Weekend and the Mississippi Tax Institute.
Prior to his doctoral program, Dr. Shaw was Manager of Federal Income Taxes in the Tax Department of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. located in Bentonville, Arkansas, and he began his accounting career in the Tax Department of the Tulsa office of Arthur Andersen & Co. Dr. Shaw holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a M.S. in Accounting, both from Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Morris H. Stocks, Provost and Professor
Dr. Morris H. Stocks received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Trevecca Nazarene University, his Masters degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. Stocks has been at The University of Mississippi since 1991 and teaches financial accounting. He also serves as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He is the 1998 recipient of the University’s most prized teaching honor, the Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Stocks has published in many of his profession’s top journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society; Accounting Horizons; Behavioral Research in Accounting; Decision Sciences; Advances in Accounting; Issues in Accounting Education; Advances in Accounting Information Systems; Advances in Behavioral Accounting Research; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Advances in Taxation. He has also published in several professional journals, including The Journal of Accountancy, Today’s CPA, The Ohio CPA and Management Accounting Quarterly. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, The American Institute of CPAs, The Decision Sciences Institute, as well as several academic honorary societies.
Dr. Karl J. Wang, Associate Professor
Dr. Wang received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of South Carolina in 2003. His education also includes a BA and an MA from Fudan University and an MACC from USC. He was a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy, and spent three years working in public accounting (auditing) before switching back to being an academic in the latter field.
His research covers auditing and accounting regulation, focusing on behavioral and cross-cultural issues in accounting and business communication. He is particularly interested in philosophical and epistemological issues in accounting and auditing. His empirical research uses experimental economics and other experimental and non-experimental methods. He has published in leading academic journals such as Philosophical Trends, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Behavioral Research in Accounting. He has taught courses in accounting, auditing, philosophy, and logic.
Dr. Wang loves classical music, reading, and traveling around the world.
He is a CPA registered in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Thomas Zachary Webb, Clinical Assistant Professor
Zach Webb, PhD, CPA, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. Zach received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arkansas. He has a Masters of Accountancy and Masters of Business Administration both from The University of Mississippi. His Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting is from the College of William and Mary. Zach’s research interests include auditing and governmental/non-profit accounting. His work has been published in Accounting Horizons, ATA’s Journal of Legal Tax Research, and CPA Journal. Zach is a Certified Public Accountant in Mississippi. Prior to his doctoral studies, Zach served in both the audit and Total State Tax Solutions practicse of Deloitte.
Dr. Zach Webb’s Research
Dr. Mitchell R. Wenger, Clinical Assistant Professor
Mitch Wenger is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi. Mitch earned his B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, his MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his Ph.D. program from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Mitch is a CPA in the state of Texas and brings twenty-plus years of practice and industry experience to the classroom. He was a manager with Arthur Andersen/Andersen Consulting in Dallas and Charlotte before managing enterprise software projects in the retail industry and managing the logistics practice at a startup consulting firm. Later, he managed a services practice, advised on potential acquisitions, and developed new product prototypes for Hyperion Solutions (now part of Oracle Corporation).
Mitch’s primary research interests are in the area of accounting systems: their impact on relationships within organizations and the ways in which they facilitate changes in internal measures of success. He is an active member of the American Accounting Association, the AICPA, and the Association for Information Systems.
Ms. Louise Burney, Instructor of Accountancy
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Lou Burney, who graduated from the University of Mississippi with an accounting degree in 1979, realized a lifelong dream in 2014 when she became a full-time accounting instructor at her alma mater.
Now, she teaches and mentors students at UM’s Patterson School of Accountancy who will become tomorrow’s accounting professionals. It’s highly rewarding work, she said.
“This is my dream job,” Burney said. “There’s a smile on my face every day and I look forward to going to work.”
Burney, a native of Ackerman, went into accounting after receiving her bachelors degree at Ole Miss. She is a certified public accountant. Early in her career, she worked for the firms Arthur Andersen and KPMG before being hired as a controller at Millsaps College. She worked there for 28 years, earned a master’s degree and rose to chief financial officer for the college. She was thrilled when she was hired at UM as a full-time instructor last fall.
Burney said. “There was an opportunity to come to Ole Miss and teach full time and live in Oxford. Those were two of my ultimate goals.”
She and her husband, John Tyner, who is a salesman for a Madison-based casket company, are in the process of moving their home to Oxford. They spend a lot of their time away from work camping and enjoying the outdoors. They also enjoy snow skiing trips and trips to the beach. The couple has an Australian shepherd named Tom.
Ms. Brooke Barnes, Director of Development
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Robert L. Bradford, Network Administrator
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Ms. Heather Duncan, Administrative Coordinator
Ms. Hillary Goulding, Assistant to the Dean
Hillary Goulding is Assistant to the Dean in the Patterson School of Accountancy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Art History from The University of Mississippi. She is a native of Jackson, Mississippi where she graduated from St. Andrews Episcopal School. Hillary currently lives on a small farm outside Oxford with her husband Tim and son Aidan. In her spare time, Hillary enjoys supporting Ole Miss, attending her son’s athletics events, and riding her horses.
Ms. Elisabeth Mills, Sr. Administrative Secretary
Ms. Diane Tredway, Academic Counselor
Ms. Sara Gochnauer
Sara Gochnauer, CPA, is a doctoral student in the Patterson School of Accountancy. She received her Bachelor degree in Economics and Business Administration from Rhodes College in 2010 and her Master of Accountancy degree also from Rhodes in 2011. After graduating, Sara remained in Memphis to begin her career in the assurance division at Ernst & Young, LLP, primarily working with clients in the airline industry. She is a licensed CPA through the state of Tennessee. Her research interests are in the field of behavioral accounting. Sara currently teaches a Principles of Accounting course to undergraduates at the University of Mississippi.
Ms. Chevonne Herring Alston
Chevonne Herring Alston (CPA-IL, CFE) is a second year doctoral student in the Patterson School of Accountancy. Upon graduation from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University’s 5-year M.B.A. Program, Chevonne worked for the University as an Accounting Coordinator. She returned home to Chicago, IL to join PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory practice. She worked in the Financial Services group, consulting primarily in system transitions, AML compliance and bankruptcy engagements.
Chevonne worked with non-profit and governmental clients as a Senior Auditor at Odell Hicks & Company LLC. She also taught at Governor’s State University as an Adjunct Accounting Professor and worked there as a Research Associate.
Ms. Emily K. Hornok
Emily K. Hornok, CPA is a doctoral student in the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from John Brown University and her Masters of Accountancy from the University of Arkansas. After graduation, Emily worked for a local accounting firm in Little Rock, AR for four years in their audit department. During her time in public accounting, Emily worked with clients in various industries including manufacturing, not-for-profit, low-income housing, and employee benefit plans. She is a licensed CPA through the state of Arkansas. Emily has also served as an adjunct business instructor for John Brown University.
Ms. Erin Johnson
Ms. Erin Johnson, CPA, is a doctoral student in the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Accountancy from Delta State University and her Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Erin worked in public accounting for two years and in corporate accounting for a private company for over four years in Nashville, TN before deciding to pursue a Ph.D.
Ms. Sydnee Manley
Sydnee Manley is a Certified Public Accountant who holds an accounting undergraduate degree from The University of Arkansas as well as an MBA from Georgia State University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Accounting at the Patterson School of Accountancy.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Sydnee taught Principles of Accounting I and II at the University of Central Arkansas while working as a quality analyst at Alltel Wireless. She worked as a Senior Financial analyst at Bank of America as well as a Senior Analyst for Arthur Andersen’s BPO-Dotcom operation. During the beginning of her career, she worked as an auditor for the Arkansas Division of Legislative Audit and has over fifteen years of governmental audit and corporate financial analysis experience
Mr. Chris Miller
Christopher A. Miller joined the PhD program in the Patterson School of Accountancy in 2012. Prior to his doctoral studies, Chris attended the United States Naval Academy where he majored in Weapons & Systems Engineering. Chris earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Finance and MBA from the University of Florida in 1997 and 2002, respectively. Mr. Miller has a graduate degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a Master’s of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M. Chris has gained knowledge and experience in investments and financial analysis by working for investment banks and casino/resort companies. Some of his entrepreneurial endeavors have included real estate, mortgages, and Forex.
Mr. Miller’s teaching experience is extensive on both graduate and undergraduate levels but he is now diverting his energies toward research. His academic interests include both archival and behavioral research in various financial accounting topics. In Chris’s spare time, he enjoys weightlifting, reading, traveling, and scuba diving.
Ms. Whitney F. Barton, Instructor of Accountancy
Whitney Farrell Barton is a CPA and a graduate of both the undergraduate and masters programs of the Patterson School of Accountancy at Ole Miss. She is a 2008 graduate and a 2007 Taylor Medal recipient.
Upon graduation, Barton moved to Dallas/Fort Worth where she worked in public accounting for Dixon Hughes Goodman, LLP and later as a financial control analyst for Q Investments, a hedge fund. She especially enjoyed the challenging and satisfying nature of her work at Q, and left that position upon the birth of her first child. Shortly thereafter, she and her family relocated to the Los Angeles area in Southern California.
A fortunate sequence of events brought Barton and her family back to the South in Summer 2015, where she learned of the opportunity to teach at Patterson. A product of the program, many of the current faculty taught and mentored her as a student and a professional in profound ways. She considers working as their colleague a high honor.
Teaching is both a calling and a challenge to Barton. She holds herself to a high degree of responsibility to her students to give them the education, resources, and opportunities that she was afforded as a student at Ole Miss that enriched her personal and professional life.
Barton is a native of Ripley, MS. She and her husband, Aaron, who is also a CPA, are proud to be Oxford residents. They enjoy travel and attending sporting events, particularly college football and MLB baseball. They spend most of their time away from work with their daughter, Landry, and bird dog, Decker.
Jeremy Griffin’s research interests include judgment and decision making topics in auditing and corporate governance. His primary interests are auditors’ materiality decisions and the role of audit committees in the financial reporting process. His current research investigates how auditors make evaluative materiality decisions in high uncertainty settings such as fair value measurement. Dr. Griffin’s research appears in the Journal of Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and Managerial Auditing. Griffin received his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Georgia in 2010, his Master of Science in Accountancy degree from Notre Dame in 2000, and his Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi in 1999. Prior to seeking his Ph.D., he held positions as a plant accounting manager with BorgWarner, Inc., and as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche, LLP.
Josh Simer, CPA (TN-Inactive), is a doctoral student in the Patterson School of Accountancy. He received the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accounting Major) and Master of Business Administration (Accounting Concentration) at Tennessee Technological University in 2009 and 2011, respectively. Immediately following the completion of his MBA, Josh married his wife, Sarah, and they moved to Nashville where Josh began his career in accounting practice. He worked for three years in the tax department of a local CPA firm and one year in the corporate tax department of a publicly traded company in the healthcare industry before moving to Oxford to pursue a Ph.D. His research interests include various areas of the taxation discipline.
Brandi Holley, CPA is a doctoral student in the Patterson School of Accountancy at the University of Mississippi. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and her Master of Taxation from the University of Mississippi. Brandi worked in public accounting in Oxford, MS and Nashville, TN for a total of seven years and in the non-profit sector for two years before deciding to pursue a Ph.D.
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