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 Dean Dorton, 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.

University of Kentucky Gatton School of Business and Economics Professor Urton Anderson has been inducted into the American Hall of Distinguished Audit Practitioners.