University of Southern California

Leventhal Professor Wins Top Educator Award
Kenneth Merchant Honored by the AICPA as Distinguished Educator of 2014
August 20, 2014 • by News at Marshall

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has awarded USC Leventhal School of Accounting professor Kenneth A. Merchant the 2014 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

The award, presented at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA) in Atlanta earlier this month, recognizes full-time accounting professors who have made distinguished contributions to accounting education and have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession.

“This award is particularly fitting for Ken, since he has been at the forefront of our efforts to keep our curriculum ahead of rigorous new guidelines to CPA licensure,” said Leventhal School of Accounting Dean William W. Holder. “Ken is directly responsible for the curricular innovations that keep Leventhal one of the top five accounting schools in the country.”

Merchant holds the Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy at Leventhal, where he is an expert in management accounting, management control systems and corporate governance. He is the author of 11 books and numerous articles published in leading academic journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review, Management Science and Industrial Relations. He served as Dean at Leventhal from 1994 to 2001. Prior to joining USC, he taught at Harvard Business School and at the University of California, Berkeley.

He earned his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Columbia University.

“With all the changes going on in accounting education, it is a true honor to be recognized for my work in the field,” said Merchant. “But it would not be possible without the support of my colleagues at Leventhal and my outstanding students, who expect such excellence from all of us.”


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