William W. Holder Honored as Outstanding Educator

William W. Holder

William W. Holder, a professor at the University of Southern California's (USC) Leventhal School of Accounting, was honored this week by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) as the 2003 recipient of its Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

The annual award recognizes full-time college accounting educators for excellence in teaching and national prominence in the accounting profession. Holder received his award at the spring meeting of the Institute's Governing Council held in Washington, DC.

Holder is currently the Ernst & Young Professor at the University of Southern California's (USC) Leventhal School of Accounting and served as Director of USC's Master of Accounting Program from 1983 to 1988. He joined USC in 1979, after teaching at the University of Oklahoma, University of Tennessee and Texas Tech University. Holder received his Bachelor's degree in accounting from Oklahoma State University, his Master's and D.B.A. degrees from the University of Oklahoma, and his CPA certification from both Oklahoma and California.

Holder has received numerous honors for his contributions to the accounting profession and accounting education. The California Society of CPAs selected him to receive the Distinguished Service Award (1998-1999); the Robert Emmet Knox Education Achievement Award (1997), Award for Instructor Excellence (1998) and Faculty Excellence Award (1987). At USC, Holder received awards for Best Professor (1993) by Master of Accounting Graduate students and Best Professor (1990) by the Student Liaison Board. Accounting Today named him one of the 100 most influential people in the accounting profession for 2001 and 2002.

Holder provided invited testimony on Corporate Accounting Practices in May 2002, before the Congressional Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, and Government-Sponsored Enterprises; Committee on Financial Services, which was part of the deliberations leading to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He has co-authored numerous textbooks including Intermediate Accounting, through its 5th edition and has also co-authored the Accounting & Auditing Update course that has been adopted by a number of state societies of CPAs, including California.

"Bill Holder has contributed greatly to the accounting profession through his many roles--teacher, mentor, critic, and scholar--and has influenced many who have gone on to illustrious careers," said Barry Melancon, President and CEO of the AICPA "Above all, he is a man of great integrity and high ethical standards."

Holder lives in Newport Beach, CA, with his wife Carolyn, who is also a CPA.

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