A group of students from the school’s Honors Accounting program visited the New York City offices of two major accounting associations in late March. Accompanied by professors Dalton Tong, lecturer and coordinator of the Honors Accounting program and Jan Williams, assistant professor of accounting, the group met with Jay Rothberg, vice president of the Office of the CEO at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), and Thomas J. Duffy, managing partner of KPMG LLP’s audit practice.
“We had high expectations for these students and they certainly met the goals we set for them,” Williams said. “Professor Tong and I were so proud of our students.”
For the entire day, the students and faculty discussed the issues affecting today’s accounting profession, especially in those areas that pertain to globalization.
We asked the students to research AICPA and KPMG and be fully prepared for the day,” Tong said.
When they met with the executives, the group was engaged and asked exceptional questions, both professors noted. Tong said that Rothberg commented that he has “hosted students from numerous universities at the AICPA but never an accounting honors program.” Tong said the honors program is gaining traction among UB’s students, and is seen as a competitive advantage for both students and the School of Business.
Seven accounting honor students made the trip, returning with experiences and a new motivation to excel academically as they prepare to launch their accounting careers. Next up, on April 29, these students and others majoring in accounting will participate in a program developed by the Maryland Association of CPAs. The event, the MACPA 2025 Horizon Initiative, helps students define their accounting careers and reflect on the forces that are changing the world and their chosen field.
The Merrick Exchange thanks accounting honors student Christopher Gibson for sharing his photos from the trip.