About

The Western Michigan University accountancy programs are part of the Haworth College of Business, among an elite group of fewer than 5 percent of business schools worldwide that are accredited at both the undergraduate and graduate levels by the AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is among a select 1 percent of business schools worldwide that have additional specialized AACSB accreditation for their accountancy programs.

The Department of Accountancy is housed, along with the rest of the college of the business, in Schneider Hall on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo. The facility, named for founding dean Dr. Arnold Schneider, is adjacent to the Fetzer Center, forming a unique and outstanding business education complex.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Accountancy is to provide a challenging educational environment that prepares students for careers in accounting; encourages faculty to develop professionally and intellectually; and promotes participation in activities that support the profession, the University and the community.

Fast facts

Enrollment, fall 2013

Undergraduate: 479
Graduate: 71

Degrees awarded 2012-13

B.B.A.: 146
M.S.A.: 44

Staff, fall 2013

Faculty:17
Staff: 1

Points of pride

Beta Alpha Psi

Western Michigan University's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi recently earned “superior status," the highest ranking award, at the national Beta Alpha Psi conference in Anaheim. The WMU chapter has received the “superior” rating in 30 of the last 35 years. Accomplishments for this past year include the following:

  • Providing tutoring services for the two Accounting principles courses.
  • Volunteering for VITA/Tax Counseling Initiative which consisted of assisting local Kalamazoo county residents with free tax preparation.
  • The fall banquet was held in December 2013 at the Fetzer Center. The organization has 42 active members, of which were 24 new members. Congratulations were extended to three of the organization’s students who graduated in December 2013. Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for financial information students and professionals. Seven members of WMU’s chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (Gamma Rho) attended the organization’s 2013 Midwest Regional Meeting in April 2013. Members Kelly and Robert Brown presented on Keeping Members Active. Weekly meetings during the 2012-13 year included presentations from firms and companies, STAR interview training, mock interviews and panel discussions with members who have had internships and taken the CPA exam. The chapter also participated in numerous volunteer activities, including the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and Habitat for Humanity. Beta Alpha Psi president Brett Kegerreis made a presentation on retaining relationships with alumni at the annual meeting in Anaheim in August 2013. Beta Alphs Psi communications coordinator Alison Huey was one of only 72 Beta Alpha Psi worldwide members selected to compete in Project Run With It.

Professor of the Day 2013-14

  • Kraig Harper, B.B.A.'89
    CFO, Service Express Inc.
  • Sandra "Sandy" D. Steinbach,  B.B.A.’84
    Controller, Forensic Fluids Laboratories

2014 Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants High School Student Leaders Conference

The Department of Accountancy co-hosted the 2014 Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants High School Leaders conference in February 2014. Area high school juniors and seniors learned what the accountancy profession entails, how to save money effectively and took part in hands-on activities. Approximately 110 high school students and their teachers participated in this event. Dr. Ola Smith, associate professor of accountancy, coordinated this event with the MACPA. 

Academy of Outstanding Alumni

Eric Lum, vice president, tax at Stryker, was selected to receive the Outstanding Alumni Award. This award was established to provide public recognition of outstanding professional accomplishments, contributions, recognition and service of distinguished graduates. Lum, B.B.A.’80, joined Stryker in 1987 as the first in-house tax professional with Stryker Corporation. Lum helped build the tax organization from the ground up, which now includes 35 tax professionals globally, along with contributing to Stryker’s earnings growth history and maintaining many successful working relationships across decentralized Stryker global businesses. After 25 years of service, Lum retired in June 2012.