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Commencement | Bob May

MPA Commencement Speaker

Speaker: Robert G. May, Ph.D., KPMG Professor of Accounting at The University of Texas at Austin

When: Friday, May 17 at 3 p.m.

Where: Gregory Gym

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Bio: Robert G. May is the KPMG Centennial Professor of Accounting at The University of Texas at Austin. He was dean of the McCombs School of Business from 1995 to 2002. During his tenure, the School raised over $150 million in gifts, including the $50 million naming gift from Mr. McCombs. Also, during his tenure, the McCombs School established three new executive formatted MBA programs in Mexico City (in partnership with Monterrey Tech), in Dallas and in Austin. He joined the faculty in June 1979, after holding appointments as assistant and associate professor of accounting at the University of Washington from 1970 to 1979 and visiting assistant professor at Stanford University in 1972-73. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1970.

Professor May has published articles in The Accounting Review and the Journal of Accounting Research, among others. He was a co-winner of the 1976 AICPA Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award. He has been co-author of several textbooks. He was a co-developer of SCAD, a Simulated Case for Audit Decisions, under a multi-year grant from Price Waterhouse Foundation and developer of Variables Sampling Education Support Software (VSESS) under a grant from Coopers & Lybrand Foundation. Professor May has been on the editorial boards of Abacus and The Accounting Review and was an associate editor of the latter.

Professor May has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in auditing and financial and managerial accounting. He received teaching awards from the MBA Student Association at the University of Washington in 1974 and 1978, and was selected "Outstanding Professor" by the accounting student association at The University of Texas for 1985-86. He received the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School Teaching Innovation Award in 1988, the American Accounting Association Innovation in Accounting Education Award in 1991 and 1993, and the coveted “Eyes of Texas” award in 1997. Recently, he was given the Outstanding Professor Award by the Dallas-Fort Worth professional MBA Class of 2006. Currently he teaches financial and managerial accounting for BBAs, MBAs and Professional MBAs.

Professor May served as director of the University of Washington Ph.D. Program in Business Administration and acting associate dean for Graduate Programs. He was appointed chairman of the University of Texas Department of Accounting from 1980 to 1984 and from 1988 to 1992, and associate dean for Academic Affairs 1992-95. He has had public accounting experience; has held national elective offices in the American Accounting Association (AAA); and has served as a member of the Boards of Directors of the Washington Campus (Chairman 2003-2006), AACSB; Guaranty Preferred Capital Corporation; and the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Management (Chairman 1999-2001).