Accounting Professor Jeff Payne, Russell Williamson (doctoral student), and Chong Wang (doctoral student) will be presenting  ”Audit pricing and audit quality: The influence of Livability” at the American Accounting Association Mid-Year Auditing Meeting in January 2017.

The Kentucky Society of CPAs (KyCPA) recently recognized outstanding accounting educators at its awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville, including the University of Kentucky’s Jane Wells. Wells received an Educator Who Made a Difference award from the organization.

Wells was nominated by Vickie Richardson of Vickie C. Richardson CPA PSC, in Mt. Sterling. In her nomination, Richardson said she was inspired by Wells' real-world accounting experience, and touched by her thoughtful encouragement.

Dan Stone's paper (with Cam Cockrell (PhD, VASOA, 2008) and Ben Wier), titled, "Accounting for Professional Accountants’ Dysfunctional Knowledge Sharing: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective," was accepted for publication in the American Accounting Association's Journal of Information Systems.

Ben Commerford's paper "Auditor Information Foraging Behavior" (with Rick Hatfield, Rich Houston, and Curtis Mullis) has been accepted for publication in the The Accounting Review.

The Von Allmen School of Accountancy was recognized among only four accounting programs in the U.S. to achieve 100% pass rates on both parts of the CMA (Certified Management Accountant) exam, a global designation that tests management accounting knowledge and skills. Strategic Finance magazine recognized UK as one of the schools that "best prepare their students for the exam." UK was also top 4 in the SEC for the number of candidates taking the exam.

Brian Bratten’s paper “Institutional Ownership and CEO Equity Incentives” (with Yanfeng Xue) was accepted for publication at Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Assistant Professor Ben Commerford presented a paper at the International Symposium on Audit Research in Singapore. The paper is titled, The Effect of Real Earnings Management on Auditor Scrutiny of Management’s Other Financial Reporting Decisions and it is coauthored with Rick Hatfield and Rich Houston, both at the University of Alabama.

Katie Escudero (MSACC Class of 2015)  received the ‘Award of Excellence’ for her performance on the FAR section during the fourth quarter 2015 testing window.  Katie is currently working at DeanDorton, Lexington.

Julia Ellis (MSACC Class of 2016) received the ‘Award of Excellence’ for her performance on the BEC section during the first quarter of 2016 testing window.  Julia will be joining Harrod & Assoc., CPAs, Frankfort.

Brian Bratten’s paper “Forecasting Taxes: New Evidence from Analysts” (with Cristi Gleason, Stephannie Larocque, and Lillian Mills) was accepted for publication at The Accounting Review.


The Educational Foundation of the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants (KyCPA) recently awarded scholarships to college students across the Commonwealth who are studying accounting.