Letter from the Chairman

Dr. Philip J. HarmelinkThe success of the Department of Accounting is the result of the combined efforts of our faculty, out excellent students, our highly active student accounting organizations, an active Accounting Advisory Council, and the loyal and continued support from our alumni and friends.

We are proud that we are one of only 180 schools worldwide that has the prestigious separate AACSB International accounting accreditation. UNO and Louisiana Tech are the only two schools in Louisiana that have this separate accounting accreditation at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Our faculty is committed to providing excellent classroom instruction and advancing and disseminating accounting research by academic and professional publishing in journals and authoring textbooks. In addition, the faculty continues to serve the accounting profession, our state and community, and the University through active committee participation.

Since its inception in 1958, the Department of Accounting at University of New Orleans has developed and maintained an excellent relationship with the academic and professional communities. We have an active Accounting Advisory Council consisting of 25 representatives from national, regional and local public accounting firms, industry, and government. The Council deals with four areas: fund-raising, faculty development and retention, students recruitment and development, and program development and curricular matters. The Council serves as an excellent source of information and ideas.

Each year, the Department of Accounting obtains over 80 scholarships and awards worth from $80,000 to $90,000 from endowed scholarships, accounting firms, corporations, and individual donors. These are awarded at the annual Spring Awards banquet. Application is necessary for students to obtain an award or scholarship.

Our graduates continue to influence the direction of the accounting profession at the local, regional, and national levels. Many of our alumni hold key positions in public accounting, industry, and government and not-for-profit organizations.

Much of these progress discussed has been made possible by the generous support of our alumni and friends. Their investments of time and resources in support of our faculty and students allow us to continue our tradition of excellence in accounting education.

Philip J. Harmelink, Chairman and Ernst & Young Professor