William F. Messier, Jr. Honored with AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

October 21, 2012

Contact: Mitchell Slepian, 212-596-6117, mslepian@aicpa.org

William F. Messier Jr.Amelia Island, Fla. (Oct. 21, 2012)
-The American Institute of CPAs is pleased to announce that Professor William F. Messier, Jr., CPA, D.B.A., the Kenneth and Tracy Knauss Endowed Chair in Accounting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award.

The Award recognizes full-time college accounting professors who excel as educators and who have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession.

“Throughout his career, Professor Messier has made lasting contributions to the accounting profession,” said Greg Anton, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the AICPA board of directors, who presented the award at the fall meeting of the Institute’s Governing Council. “His work involving audit litigation support, CPE and his writings on audit theory clearly stand out,” Anton added.

In addition to his role at the University of Nevada, Professor Messier is the PwC Professor II at the Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law at the Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway. In 2011, the Norwegian School of Economics awarded him with an honorary doctorate in economics. In addition, he served as the Academic member of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board and was chair of the Institute’s International Auditing Standards Subcommittee.

He was president of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and received their auditing section’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2009 and in 2008 received the Distinguished Service in Auditing Award.  He is a past-editor of the AAA’s Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.

He is the lead author on Auditing and Assurance Services: An Integrated Approach and has authored or co-authored numerous articles in accounting, decision science, and computer science journals.

Professor Messier holds a B.B.A. from Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., an M.S. from Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y. and an M.B.A. and D.BA. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind. He is a CPA in Florida and was the Price Waterhouse Professor at the University of Florida and the Deloitte and Touche Professor at Georgia State University.