Board of Advisors meet for accounting and finance department

The Department of Accounting and Finance’s Board of Advisors met Sept. 17 with department faculty and staff for its fall planning session and in coordination with the 6th annual “Meet and Greet” between accounting firm recruiters and upperclassmen. 

Board members heard presentations about student placement and hiring statistics and provided input on important departmental topics.  Several members of the board enjoyed a round of golf at Stoney Creek Country Club prior to the meeting.  The board will meet again in the spring under a revised meeting structure agreed upon by the board. 

“It is important for our program and students to listen to what professionals in the marketplace are saying they expect from our graduates,” said Art Cassill, chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance. “We are fortunate to have board members who are willing to devote their time and expertise to further the development of our program.”

Other topics that were discussed included ways to get the board more actively engaged with faculty and students.  A new mentoring program and a classroom speakers program are to be implemented in the fall and continue in the spring. 

“The board meeting was very productive and addressed pressing issues that the department faced in meeting the challenge of delivering a high quality undergraduate accounting program that is attractive to firms hiring our graduates,” said Bill Wilkinson, chair of the board and a partner with Gilliam Coble, & Moser LLP, a certified public accounting firm.