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IASB's Leisenring speaks at Keystone business breakfast

Oct. 4, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- One of the world's most influential accounting figures will discuss the global state of his profession when he gives a presentation at Western Michigan University Friday, Oct. 11.

James J. Leisenring, a member of the International Accounting Standards Board, will present "Today's Accounting Profession in an International Context" as part of the Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series. The free Haworth College of Business program, which includes a continental breakfast, will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Room 2150 of Schneider Hall on the WMU campus. Parking will be available in the adjacent Fetzer Center parking lot. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the business dean's office at (269) 387-5050.

The West Michigan native and WMU alumnus will be on campus to receive a 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the University's homecoming weekend festivities.

Leisenring is the former vice chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the organization that establishes standards of financial accounting and reporting in the United States. His current organization, the London-based International Accounting Standards Board, aims to develop a single set of global accounting standards that would allow financial statements from countries around the world to be easily compared. Leisenring is the IASB's liaison with the FASB.

Before joining the FASB in 1982, Leisenring was a partner and director of accounting and auditing for the Battle Creek-based Bristol, Leisenring, Herkner & Co., now a part of Plante & Moran. During that period, he also served as the chairman of the Auditing Standards Board of the American Institute of CPAs. A graduate of WMU's master of business administration program, Leisenring served as a member of the University's accounting faculty from 1964-69.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series at the Haworth College of Business features WMU faculty and alumni speaking about their research and teaching on a variety of timely business issues. The company and college formed the partnership in 2000 to offer monthly presentations that are free and open to the public.

Media contact: Jessica English, 269 387-8400, jessica.english@wmich.edu

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