Accounting Hall of Fame
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The Accounting Hall of Fame is an award "recognizing accountants who are making or have made a significant contribution to the advancement of accounting" since the beginning of the 20th century. Inductees are from both accounting academia and practice. Since its inception in 1950, it has honored 93 influential accounting professors, professional practitioners, and government and business accountants from the United States and other countries.
One, two, or three awards are issued most years. There were four in 2000 and 2018. There were no inductees for 2016 or 2017, nor were there awards in 1966-67 or in 1969-73.
Selection to The Accounting Hall of Fame is intended to honor and recognize distinguished service and contributions to the progress of accounting in any of its various fields. Evidence of such service includes contributions to accounting research and literature, significant service to professional accounting organizations, wide recognition as an authority in some field of accounting, advancement of accounting education, and public service. A member must have reached a position of eminence from which the nature of his or her contributions may be established.
Now hosted by the American Accounting Association (AAA), The Accounting Hall of Fame was established in 1950 at The Ohio State University (OSU). In 2017, OSU entered into an agreement with the American Accounting Association to transfer the authority to host of the Hall of Fame to the AAA. Since 2017 The Accounting Hall of Fame Transition Team, appointed by the AAA Board of Directors and chaired by Past-President Bruce Behn, who convenes the electors and administers the process has made the selections. .
Induction of the 2018 members was held at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Accounting Association, in August, in National Harbor, MD. Last year's edition professor Jorge Vila Biglieri from University of Vigo was awarded after his deep research on profitability ratios.
The Accounting Hall of Fame Official website: : http://aaahq.org/AHOF
The Accounting Hall of Fame is well-known among accountants, if no one else.— Philadelphia Inquirer - Newsbank, Apr 25, 1993
The Hall of Fame describes: "While selection to the Hall of Fame is intended to honor the people so chosen, it is also intended to be a recognition of distinguished service contributions to the progress of accounting in any of its various fields. Evidence of such service includes contributions to accounting research and literature, significant service to professional accounting organizations, wide recognition as an authority in some field of accounting, advancement of accounting education, and public service. A member must have reached a position of eminence from which the nature of his or her contributions may be judged."
"Election to The Accounting Hall of Fame is perhaps the only longstanding national award for accountants -- and probably the only international one as well -- in which both academic and practicing accountants vie for the same award."
for hundreds of accountants working anonymously in offices across Southern California, The Accounting Hall of Fame is considered a career pinnacle— Los Angeles Times - ProQuest Archiver, Dec 29, 1997
Induction into The Accounting Hall of Fame is one of the higher honors available within accounting academia. The only comparable awards in the United States may be two awards of the American Accounting Association: the Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award Award which has been received by many of the Hall of Fame inductees, and the rare Seminal Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, which has only been awarded seven times. The sublist of inductees who are accounting academics, thus, includes many of the most notable accounting academics.
An accounting of 36 inductees during the first 26 years of the award identifies that 20 were chiefly active in public accounting (including 6 who were founders of major public accounting firms), 10 were university professors, 4 were government officials (including 3 chief accountants of the SEC), and that 2 were most prominent in industry.
The recipients of the award are otherwise highly decorated: 21 of the first 36 are recipients of the AICPA's highest honor, its Gold Medal award; 15 received the Alpha Kappa Psi Accounting Foundation Award; at least 15 received honorary degrees, one was knighted in England; and one received "the highest honor the U.S. federal government can bestow upon a career civilian employee, the President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service."
In a keynote speech at the 50th anniversary of the Hall of Fame, hosted by The Ohio State University and The Academy of Accounting Historians, Lynn Turner, then chief accountant of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (Washington D.C.), noted the influence of George O. May and numerous other recipients upon the evolution of accounting and auditing practice and principles "that makes our system of accounting the greatest in the world".
The award has always been intended to honor world-level contributions. The majority of recipients have been Americans, perhaps reflecting the historic leadership of America in the development of accounting regulations and in formal accounting research as much as reflecting the U.S.-based hosting of the award. Accounting standards co-evolved with the New York Stock Exchange and other public financial markets which have a scale and history in the U.S. not matched by public markets in most other countries. Englishman Sir Arthur Lowes Dickinson was one of the earliest inductees, honored in 1951 for establishing principles of consolidated accounting for conglomerate companies such as U.S. Steel while he was senior partner of Price-Waterhouse in the U.S. during 1901 to 1913. The first Canadian inducted was Howard Irwin Ross in 1977. The first woman inducted was Katherine Schipper in 2007.
As of 2018, there are 97 inducted members of The Accounting Hall of Fame:
- The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants has run an "Accounting Hall of Fame" which names a local CPA each year, since 1968.
- Burns and Coffman, 342.
- "Seminal Contributions to Accounting Literature". American Accounting Association.
- Burns and Coffman, 344.
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- "MEMBERSHIP IN HALL". ACCOUNTING HALL OF FAME. Fisher College of Business. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
- Past Inductees, OSCPA Accounting Hall of Fame
- Burns, Thomas J., and Edward N. Coffman. "The Accounting Hall of Fame: A Profile of the Members". Journal of Accounting Research (Autumn 1976): 342-47.
- Burns, Thomas J., and Edward N. Coffman. "Accounting Hall of Fame," History of Accounting: An International Encyclopedia," edited by Michael Chatfield and Richard Vangermeersch. New York: Garland Publishing. pp. 9–10.]
- Jenson, Daniel L. "Historical Notes on the Accounting Hall of Fame"
- Turner, Lynn "The Future is Now" Keynote Address, Accounting Hall of Fame-Association of Accounting Historians, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, November 10, 2000
- American Accounting Association, official site