University of New Orleans accounting professor Philip Harmelink has been selected as the 2016 Business Professional of the Year in the education category by Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information. Harmelink will be presented with the award at the national meeting of Beta Alpha Psi in Baltimore in August.
Harmelink is the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting and chair of the Department of Accounting. He has been a UNO faculty member since 1979.
The UNO chapter of Beta Alpha Psi nominated Harmelink who was in competition with nominees from chapters from all 50 U.S. states. According to Beta Alpha Psi executive director Margaret Fiorentino, the selection committee was impressed by Harmelink’s impressive contributions to academia, his scholarship fundraising for accounting students and his support for the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at UNO. As a result of Harmelink winning the award, the UNO chapter of Beta Alpha Psi will receive a $2,000 prize.
“This award is wonderful recognition of Dr. Philip Harmelink's dedication to educating students and his tremendous efforts in achieving numerous scholarships each year for accounting students,” said John Williams, dean of the College of Business Administration. “Dr. Harmelink’s efforts have contributed significantly to UNO’s accounting department being recognized for its outstanding programs and graduates.”
Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses with more than 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.
UNO’s Department of Accounting holds an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accounting accreditation, which places it in the top three percent of all accounting programs internationally.