Since 1944, the AICPA has given the Gold Medal Award of Distinction to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. It is the highest accolade the AICPA awards. Jack Finning, CPA, CGMA, a member of the awards committee, presented Krull with the award at the fall meeting of the AICPA governing Council.
“Throughout his career, George Krull has helped define the future of the CPA profession through his passion for educating its next generation,” Finning said.
A retired partner at Grant Thornton LLP, Krull served as a member of the Professional Standards Group, where he worked on the implementation of the firm’s automated audit and control software. He was the Chief Learning Officer and served on a wide range of volunteer educational committees. In addition, Krull was a founding member of the Sponsoring Group of the Pathways Commission, which is the national commission on accounting education.
Krull served on numerous AICPA committees and task forces, including Computers and Information Systems, Continuing Professional Education, Education Management Exchange Subcommittee, Professor/Practitioner Case Development Program and Pre-Certification Executive Education. He has also played an important role in the AICPA Foundation and the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program. In addition, Krull was also a founding member of the AICPA's Diversity and Inclusion Commission, which leads efforts to expand diversity within the accounting profession.
Krull graduated with undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University, respectively. He was a partner in the Executive Office of Grant Thornton before retiring in 2000. In his retirement, Krull focuses on accounting education in his involvement with the AICPA and other organizations, and he continues to support Grant Thornton’s college and university recruiting efforts to foster top talent.
Find a list of previous recipients on the AICPA’s Gold Medal awards page.