News from the Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy

A Fine Faculty & Staff

Members of the Adkerson School of Accountancy faculty are (from left, front row) Dr. Mark Lehman, Dr. John Rigsby, Dr. Shawn Mauldin, (2nd row) Dr. Nathan Berglund, Dr. Noel Addy, Dr. Clyde Herring, (3rd row) Dr. Ryan Seay, (4th row) Dr. Billy Brewster, Dr. Brad Lang, Dr. Alan Stancill, (5th row) Steve Sanders, Angela Pannell, Dr. Frances McNair and (6th row) Dr. Brad Trinkle.

The Adkerson School of Accountancy’s faculty and staff are among the finest there are. Faculty members bring recognition to Mississippi State nationally and regionally through publication of their research and resultant high rankings, as well as through their leadership and service with a range of organizations. They are also known for the way they prepare skilled future accountants, not only in the classroom but also in the support and advice they share with students.

Joining our highly reputed team at the beginning of the fall semester were three faculty members and a new key staff member. They have already proven to be strong contributors!

Dr. Billy Brewster

Dr. Billy Brewster comes to ASAC as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he served on the faculty for six years. Brewster began his career as a practitioner with Grant Thornton LLP in Dallas in 1997, after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UT Arlington. He soon moved to Ernst & Young LLP in Fort Worth, where he was an Audit Manager for several years. His academic career began in 2002, when he became a doctoral student and graduate research assistant at the University of Illinois. In 2008, his PhD was conferred, and he served at Illinois for a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor. Brewster has published in The Accounting Review and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, the International Journal of Auditing and Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Dr. Clyde Herring

Dr. Clyde Herring returns to the Adkerson School of Accountancy as an Associate Clinical Professor. A member of the MSU faculty from 1987 to 2010, he has rejoined us after six years in various roles at Carson-Newman University, including Dean of the Business School, Professor of Accounting and MBA Director. During the fall semester he has been teaching Advanced Accounting, Survey of Accounting and MBA Accounting and in the spring will add Accounting Principles I & II. Previously recognized as the Mississippi Society of CPAs’ Outstanding Educator, Herring’s research interests are student-oriented, focusing on accounting education. Currently he serves on the MSCPA’s Long Range Planning Committee. Herring is an MSU accounting alumnus, having earned his BPA here in 1980, followed by his MPA in 1981. The University of Alabama awarded him a PhD in 1988.  In his time outside McCool Hall, he enjoys family time, travel and sports.

New and returning faculty members (from left) Dr. Brad Lang, Dr. Billy Brewster and Dr. Clyde Herring

Dr. Bradley Lang

Dr. Bradley Lang is a new Assistant Professor in the Adkerson School of Accountancy. Prior to joining the faculty at Mississippi State, he was working on his PhD at the University of Central Florida. Lang’s research focuses on the effects of information technology on judgment and decision-making, generally in the area of managerial accounting. His research has already been published in Behavioral Research in Accounting and the Journal of Information Systems.  Brad’s teaching interests include managerial accounting and accounting information systems. This past semester he has taught Principles of Managerial Accounting and graduate-level Managerial Accounting. Last year he won the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Business at the University of Central Florida. He is a CPA in Florida, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a proud family man who welcomed his second child – first girl – into the world this past fall.

Lorraine Hughes

Lorraine Hughes

Lorraine Hughes has joined ASAC as Academic Coordinator. She retired from MSU’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 2015, having served 15 years as a mathematics teacher and an undergraduate advisor. She is a 1978 graduate of New York Maritime College and holds a 2000 master’s degree in mathematics from MSU. Prior to MSU, she sailed with Exxon Marine, worked for Lykes Brothers Steamship Company and taught high school mathematics and science. Now, as Academic Coordinator, she advises undergraduate accounting students and works with graduate students as well. She promotes the School and the University at high school and junior college recruiting events, and she is the faculty sponsor for the Accounting & Financial Women’s Alliance. Lorraine and husband Ben are the proud parents of four daughters, one of whom – Maureen – is an ASAC alumnus.