Due to recent corporate events, the accounting profession has come under the scrutinizing eye of the public and the government. In response, the Center for Continuous Auditing (CCA) has teamed up with the Department of Accounting and the Professional Program to host a lecture series addressing the current issues facing the corporate world.
Accounting Professor Marty Loudder believes this series is the school’s chance to address today’s tough issues. “Business schools have been strangely quiet about what’s going on, and it’s our chance to speak out about it,” she says.
The lecture series is bringing in high-caliber executives from across the country, such as Jim Hooton, retired partner from Andersen and Steve Ledbetter, chairman, president and CEO of Reliant Energy.
CCA Director Don Warren says he believes the lecture series will shed light on the challenges and opportunities in the accounting industry. “The time is right. People in the marketplace are driving this program,” he says. “They want to have these issues addressed.”
While this is the inaugural series, Warren hopes the CCA can work with the Professional Program and its director, Dr. Austin Daily, to sponsor a similar series each year — helping industry execs, faculty and students stay abreast of such a rapidly changing marketplace. “Next year, the lectures might be dealing with the different changes the profession has undergone,” he says.
The lectures take place every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the Wehner Building’s Ray Auditorium through Nov. 21.