Professor named president-elect of accounting society

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Dr. James Penner, a Western Michigan University associate professor of accountancy.


KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Dr. James Penner, a Western Michigan University associate professor of accountancy, has been named program chair and president-elect of the North American Accounting Society.

Penner will serve as president during the 2018-19 academic year.


Penner is a certified public accountant in the state of Michigan and was previously employed at the Detroit office of Ernest & Young before joining academia. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech and his bachelor's and master's degrees at Michigan State University. Penner's research interests include capital market effects of financial reporting and the impact of media on capital markets, and his teaching interest is financial accounting.

North American Accounting Society

The NAAS is a nonprofit organization that supports the development and recognition of individual efforts in the field of accounting. The organization's objectives are to promote the association of accounting professionals; to provide programs aimed at improvement of teaching, research and writing by allowing application and exchange of accounting related ideas; to provide a forum for the publication of the results of research and writing in the field of accounting, and to provide discussion and information exchange concerning ongoing research activity.

WMU Haworth College of Business

WMU's Haworth College of Business, one of the largest schools of business in the United States, is the academic home to more than 3,500 undergraduate students majoring in 18 specialized areas of business. An additional 500 graduate students study business administration and accountancy.

The Haworth College of Business is 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.

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