Professor of Accounting Dr. L. Murphy Smith has been elected president of the American Accounting Association’s Gender Issues Section.

The section promotes equitable treatment of women and men in business and academia and promotes classroom knowledge and sensitivity to gender issues. Smith points out that the Professional Program in Mays’ Department of Accounting graduates about 200 students annually, evenly split between men and women.

“I have always had an interest in gender issues, so I’m thrilled to serve in this position,” he says. “I consider this leadership role a significant responsibility.”

Joining Mays in 1984, Smith is the director of the Department of Accounting’s internal auditing program. With a focus on ethics, information technology and international issues, Smith’s research has appeared in18 books and more than 100 professional journal articles. His work has also been cited in various news media, including Fortune, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.