Kansas State chair earns AICPA award

Dan S. Deines, Ph.D., CPA, the Ralph Crouch KPMG Chair in Accounting at Kansas State University, is the 2007 recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Jimmy Williamson, AICPA Chair, presented the award at the spring meeting of the Institute’s governing Council, which began today in Washington, DC.

“The future of our profession is largely built on the quality of the young people who join us,” Williamson said. “That, in turn, depends on whether quality people decide to study accounting and how well they are trained in their collegiate and post-collegiate education. Over the years, Dan has been an outstanding role model for our young people in the profession. He is a ‘thought leader’ within the profession, whose foresight and ability to articulate his extensive knowledge make him a most worthy recipient of this award.”

Deines is actively engaged in developing innovative teaching practices. He was recently awarded a grant from the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA) to develop a high-school Pre-Advanced Placement accounting course.

In 2006 Deines spent time in Italy, examining the differences between Italian and U.S. accounting education and studying the life and times of Luca Pacioli, the “Father of Accounting.” He incorporated the results of his research into his Accounting Theory and History course.

Deines has received numerous honors for teaching excellence, curriculum development and service to accounting academia and practice.

An active AICPA member, Deines is currently a member of the Institute’s Accounting Scholars Leadership Workshop Task Force and the Task Force on High School Accounting Curriculum Revision.

He is a past Chair of the Accounting Careers Subcommittee and was a member of the Virtual Grassroots

Panel and Accounting Careers Subcommittee. He also served on the Restructure Task Force. He has authored and coauthored numerous professional publications.

Recognizing his 20-plus years of service to the State Society and the accounting profession, the KSCPA nominated him for the Award. Deines is the only academic to date to serve as KSCPA President. He has also served as its Treasurer/Secretary and Chair of the KSCPA Student Recruitment/Human Resources Task Force.

Deines received his Bachelor’s in History from Fort Hays State University and his Master’s in Business from Emporia State University. He earned his doctorate in Financial Accounting from the University of Nebraska. He is a CPA licensed in Kansas.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (www.aicpa.org) is the national, professional association of CPAs, with approximately 330,000 members, including CPAs in business and industry, public practice, government, and education. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies; federal, state and local governments; and non-profit organizations. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.

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