News from the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy

Greetings from the Director


Football season is a wonderful time of the year at Mississippi State University – a time of new beginnings, high expectations and building a premiere athletic program. It is similar on the academic side of the University. All of us in the Adkerson School of Accountancy take great pride in what has been accomplished during the prior academic year and are confident that more success lies in the year ahead. As you navigate through this issue of the Bulldog Ledger, I think you will agree that we are building premier accounting programs at Mississippi State.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished together. The School’s undergraduate and graduate programs continue to be highly ranked by CCH’s Public Accounting Report – sixth and seventh in the nation, respectively, for schools with 16 or fewer full-time accounting faculty. Internships and placement rates for students are once again at all-time highs in cities throughout the United States. The number of high school students in our Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession (ASAP) summer camp continues to grow. Based on preliminary data, enrollment in the School is strong for fall 2018. These accomplishments, along with others presented in the newsletter, are a clear indication that the Adkerson School of Accountancy is moving forward in a positive way.

One of the major initiatives that we are excited about is the updates to the undergraduate and graduate accounting curricula. The biggest change focused on integrating technology competencies relevant to data analytics and big data into the curricula. Our overall objective is to ensure that the next generations of accounting professionals from Mississippi State University have the advanced technology skill set necessary to be successful in a highly complex, data-centric environment.

For the first time in a long time we are fully staffed. Two new faculty will start in fall 2018 – Drs. Emily and Joshua Hunt, who recently completed their PhDs in Accounting at the University of Arkansas. As with all our faculty, Emily and Josh bring diverse experiences and strengths to the program. We are truly blessed to have great faculty, staff and students in the School of Accountancy.

You have likely heard about the passing of longtime faculty member Dr. Dora Herring. She was a remarkable woman, instrumental in founding the School of Accountancy and providing the building blocks on which a premier program has been built. Dora will be missed by all who knew her. We hope to honor her legacy by renovating and naming the Accountancy Suite after her.

Being the Director of the Adkerson School of Accountancy is an awesome job – because of you. I enjoy every minute of interacting and working with our stakeholders. I encourage you to keep up with what is going on in the School by visiting our website and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you for your continued support of the Adkerson School of Accountancy.

Hail State!

Dr. Shawn Mauldin
Director, Adkerson School of Accountancy

Football season is a wonderful time of the year at Mississippi State University – a time of new beginnings, high expectations and building a premiere athletic program. It is similar on the academic side of the University. All of us in the Adkerson School of Accountancy take great pride in what has been accomplished during the prior academic year and are confident that more success lies in the year ahead. As you navigate through this issue of the Bulldog Ledger, I think you will agree that we are building premier accounting programs at Mississippi State.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished together. The School’s undergraduate and graduate programs continue to be highly ranked by CCH’s Public Accounting Report – sixth and seventh in the nation, respectively, for schools with 16 or fewer full-time accounting faculty. Internships and placement rates for students are once again at all-time highs in cities throughout the United States. The number of high school students in our Accelerating Students into the Accounting Profession (ASAP) summer camp continues to grow. Based on preliminary data, enrollment in the School is strong for fall 2018. These accomplishments, along with others presented in the newsletter, are a clear indication that the Adkerson School of Accountancy is moving forward in a positive way.

One of the major initiatives that we are excited about is the updates to the undergraduate and graduate accounting curricula. The biggest change focused on integrating technology competencies relevant to data analytics and big data into the curricula. Our overall objective is to ensure that the next generations of accounting professionals from Mississippi State University have the advanced technology skill set necessary to be successful in a highly complex, data-centric environment.

For the first time in a long time we are fully staffed. Two new faculty will start in fall 2018 – Drs. Emily and Joshua Hunt, who recently completed their PhDs in Accounting at the University of Arkansas. As with all our faculty, Emily and Josh bring diverse experiences and strengths to the program. We are truly blessed to have great faculty, staff and students in the School of Accountancy.

You have likely heard about the passing of longtime faculty member Dr. Dora Herring. She was a remarkable woman, instrumental in founding the School of Accountancy and providing the building blocks on which a premier program has been built. Dora will be missed by all who knew her. We hope to honor her legacy by renovating and naming the Accountancy Suite after her.

Being the Director of the Adkerson School of Accountancy is an awesome job – because of you. I enjoy every minute of interacting and working with our stakeholders. I encourage you to keep up with what is going on in the School by visiting our website and through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Thank you for your continued support of the Adkerson School of Accountancy.

Hail State!

Dr. Shawn Mauldin
Director, Adkerson School of Accountancy