AICPA Honors Miklos Vasarhelyi with 2018 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

Rutgers University Professor Honored for Excellence in Teaching and Advancing the Profession

August 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 8, 2018) - The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has named Miklos Vasarhelyi, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, winner of the 2018 AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award. The annual award honors full-time college accounting educators who are distinguished for excellence in teaching and have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession. This year’s award was announced today at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association (AAA) in Washington, D.C.

Professor Vasarhelyi founded and serves as Director of the Rutgers Accounting Research Center (RARC) and Continuous Auditing and Research Lab (CAR Lab), where he assigns projects to PhD students to address audit technology issues for companies. He has held the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting Information Systems professorship for more than two decades. Currently, he teaches at Rutgers Business School. A prolific author, he has published more than 20 books and 200 journal articles.

“Professor Vasarhelyi has made substantial contributions to the accounting profession,” said Steve Matzke, AICPA Director of Faculty and University Initiatives. “In addition to his innovative practices and volunteer service to the AICPA, his dedication as a mentor, educator and author demonstrate how deserving he is of this year’s award.”

Described as an educator that truly impacts his student’s lives, Vasarhelyi has had a profound influence on accounting programs and college students at institutions including, University of Southern California, Columbia University, Rutgers University and the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He has directed doctoral programs for more than 20 years, chaired more than 20 dissertations in the U.S. and participated on international dissertation committees in Belgium, Romania and Holland.

Professor Vasarhelyi has also led executive programs on e-commerce for large international organizations such as GE, J&J, Eli Lilly, Baxter, ADL, Volvo, Siemens, Chase Bank and AT&T.

In addition to serving as a member of AICPA’s Assurance Services Executive Committee (ASEC) for more than a decade, Professor Vasarhelyi has participated on the ASEC Emerging Technologies Task Force and the Continuous Assurance/Continuing Monitoring Working Group. He also helped launch the Rutgers AICPA Data Analytics Research Initiative (RADAR), which was created to facilitate the integration of data analytics into the audit process and demonstrate how this can lead to advancements in the profession.

Professor Vasarhelyi is a past winner of the AAA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) Joseph J. Wasserman Award, among others.

Eligibility requirements and additional information about the AICPA Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award are available on AICPA’s website.

Questions on the nomination process may be directed to Steve Matzke.