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Ms. Hillary Goulding

Posted on: January 26th, 2014 by herman 1 Comment

Ms. Hillary Goulding, Assistant to the Dean

200C Conner

(662) 915-5009

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.

Dr. Rick Elam

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Dr. Rick Elam, Reynolds Professor of Accountancy

316 Conner

(662) 915-5281

Dr. Rick Elam is the Reynolds Chair of Accountancy in the Patterson School of Accountancy at The University of Mississippi where he teaches 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.

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. Rick Elam’s Curriculum VITAE

Dr. Victoria Dickinson

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Dr. Victoria Dickinson, Assistant Professor

204C Conner

(662) 915-5448

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. Victoria Dickinson’s Research

Dr. Victoria Dickinson’s Curriculum VITAE

Dr. James W. Davis

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Dr. James W. Davis, Peery Professor of Accountancy

204B Conner

(662) 915-1543

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. James W. Davis’ Curriculum VITAE

Dr. Judith Cassidy

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Dr. Judith Cassidy, Associate Professor

309 CME

(662) 915-5445

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. Judith Cassidy’s Curriculum VITAE

Dr. Brett Cantrell

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Dr. Brett Cantrell, Assistant Professor

104A Conner

(662) 915-5409

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. Brett Cantrell’s Curriculum VITAE

Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin

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Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin, Assistant Professor

314 Conner

(662) 915-5406

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. Kendall O. Bowlin’s Research

Dr. Kendall O. Bowlin’s Curriculum VITAE

Dr. W. Mark Wilder

Posted on: January 26th, 2014 by herman

Dr. W. Mark Wilder, Dean and KPMG Chair of Accountancy

200G Conner

(662) 915-5756

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 bachelor=s 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. W. Mark Wilder’s Research

Dr. W. Mark Wilder’s Curriculum VITAE

Bachelor of Accountancy

Posted on: September 30th, 2013 by herman No Comments

Bachelor of Accountancy

The Bachelor of Accountancy degree is 124 semester hours. The following is the typical program of study: freshman, sophomore, junior and senior. For more information, contact Hillary Goulding or Diane Tredway.



English Composition 6
Laboratory Science 6-8
Humanities 6
Calculus for Business 6
Fine Arts 3
Behavioral Science 3

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