AICPA Announces Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Awards at Spring Council

Janet L. Colbert and Donald E. Tidrick Honored

May 20, 2013

Contact: James Schiavone, 212-596-6119,

Washington, DC (May 20, 2013)
– The American Institute of CPAs will honor Janet L. Colbert and Donald E. Tidrick as the recipients of the  2013 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. The announcement was made earlier today by Richard Caturano, CPA, CGMA, chairman of the AICPA at the Institute’s Spring meeting of Council

The award, which has been presented since 1985,  recognizes full-time college accounting professors who excel as educators and who have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession. This year, for the first time, two educators have been selected to receive the award. 

“This year’s recipients exemplify the philosophy of the CPA Vision, which they have demonstrated through their commitment to lifelong learning and dedication to the development of students into the professional,” said Richard Caturano.

The CPA Vision is defined as “enabling individuals to shape their accounting careers by communicating the total picture with clarity and objectivity, translating complex information into critical knowledge, anticipating and creating opportunities, and designing pathways that foster growth for and within the CPA profession.”

Janet L. Colbert, PhD, CPA, is currently the Professor of Accounting and the MBA Professor in the Department of Accounting, Information Systems and Finance of the College of Business and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU).

“Janet has been dedicated to both her students in the classroom as well as CPAs in the profession throughout her career and has been a role model to both groups,” said Caturano.

Throughout her career, Colbert has embraced technological advances in education. She co-developed and co-taught Western Kentucky University’s first online course for accounting and brought the same technology to EKU when she joined the faculty there.

Professor Colbert has been an active volunteer for the Kentucky Society of CPAs, serving on the board of directors from 2005-2008. She has chaired the KyCPA Professional Ethics Committee and the Editorial Board and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Educational Foundation, the Leadership Council and the CPE committee.

Additionally, she has served as a member of the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy from 1998 to 2002. In that capacity, she served on the Content Committee for the AICPA Examinations Team for the new computer-based CPA exam (CBT); she also chaired the Audit & Attest Committee for the CBT and served as simulation developer for all sections of the CBT.

Donald E. Tidrick, PhD, CPA
, is currently the Deloitte Professor of Accountancy at Northern Illinois University.

“Donald has had success throughout his career in accounting education, both in the classroom and as a mentor, working with students as they have achieved their goals of becoming CPAs and starting their own careers,” said Caturano.

During his career, Tidrick has dedicated himself to innovation in the classroom while remaining committed to the core values of the accounting profession. He has worked to incorporate video, guest speakers and current events projects to bring a real world perspective into his classes and engage students.

Since 2004, Tidrick has served as one of the two accounting professors on the Comptroller General of the United States’ Educators Advisory Panel.

Professor Tidrick has served on the Illinois Society of CPAs Ethics Committee, as well as the Editorial Board or the Texas Society of CPAs membership publication Today’s CPA. He recently served for two years on the Joint AICPA/AAA Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Awards Committee.

Colbert and Tidrich will receive their awards at the American Accounting Association’s Annual Meeting.

The AICPA supports and partners with the accounting academic community on a number of initiatives, including the Accounting Doctoral Scholars (ADS) Program and Educator Awards, the Pathways Commission and the AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students.