Case Western Reserve University accountancy professor Gary Previts, CPA, Ph.D., has been awarded the 2007 Gold Medal for Distinguished Service by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The award, the highest granted by the AICPA, recognizes individuals whose influence on accounting is notable compared to other professional leaders.
“It's a great honor to be among those selected for this award, which dates back to l944,” Previts said. “My family and my colleagues at the University have been a continuing source of support and inspiration. I'm very fortunate to have had a variety of opportunities which in turn have enriched both my ability to be effective in the classroom and to identify important research topics."
Previts was one of two recipients, joining former AICPA chairman Kathy Eddy.
“Gary and Kathy have significantly contributed to the growth and success of the accounting profession throughout their extensive and distinguished careers,” AICPA Awards Committee chair Doyle Z. Williams said in a release announcing the award. “This year’s Gold Medal recipients have shared their knowledge, skills and abilities through their varied professional and community activities.”
Selected in each of the last five years by Accounting Today as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting,” Previts previously served on the AICPA’s Board of Directors and its governing council and was also a member of the institute’s National CPA Financial Literacy Commission.
Currently, he serves on the Accountability Advisory Council of the Comptroller General of the United States and is president of the American Accounting Association. He is a past president of the Ohio Society of CPAs.
Previts also is the editor of Research in Accounting Regulation” and co-author of A History of Accounting in the United States” and CPA Professional Duties and Responsibilities.
A Case Western Reserve faculty member since 1979, Previts earned his bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University, a Master of Accountancy degree at the Ohio State University and his PhD from the University of Florida.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is the national, professional association of CPAs, with more than 340,000 members, including CPAs in business and industry, public practice, government, and education. It sets ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies; federal, state and local governments; and non-profit organizations. It also develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination.
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