Alum, Partner Peacock Celebrated At Accounting Advisory Board Banquet

Published on May 6, 2013

Department of Accountancy & Taxation Recognizes
Achievements of Students, Faculty, Staff

PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Paul Peacock (’81), third from left, accepts the Outstanding Alumni Award alongside Accounting Advisory Board chair Dan Crumrine, 2010 recipient and Ernst & Young assurance managing partner Valerie D. Williams (MBA ’80), and PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor James Pratt.

PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Paul Peacock (’81), third from left, accepts the Outstanding Alumni Award alongside Accounting Advisory Board chair Dan Crumrine, 2010 recipient and Ernst & Young assurance managing partner Valerie D. Williams (MBA ’80), and PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor James Pratt.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and corporate partners of the Department of Accountancy & Taxation at the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston celebrated a year of growth and success recently during the ninth annual Accountancy Advisory Board Awards Banquet.

Held on April 18 at the Houston Racquet Club, the event recognized the achievements and contributions of many associated with the department, including PricewaterhouseCoopers partner Paul Peacock (‘81), who received the prestigious Outstanding Alumni Award.

Peacock is a founding member and chair of the Accounting Advisory Board and currently serves on the Dean’s Executive Board at Bauer. He has been recognized in the past for his service to the college — in 2009, he received its Distinguished Alumnus Award. He was also recognized in 2011 for Distinguished Service to the Department of Accountancy & Taxation Advisory Board for 2002-2011.

In presenting him with the Outstanding Alumni Award, Dean Latha Ramchand called Peacock “remarkable,” adding that his passion for the college is evident in his serious and sincere regard for Bauer students.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor James Pratt, who was Peacock’s tax professor in the fall of 1980, praised Peacock’s work at the department and college level. Peacock, he explained, is the best example of the importance of alumni giving back time to their alma mater.  Having become friends with Peacock since his time as a student, Pratt said he was very proud to see him receive this award.

The crowd of nearly 250 rose to give Peacock a standing ovation.

“I am very humbled by the recognition,” Peacock said, thanking the college for the support and appreciation. “I’m honored to be here, and I don’t take this award lightly.”

The award also made a weighty impact on those in the audience.

“It was so inspiring to see Mr. Peacock receive such an honor,” accounting junior Antonio Sanchez said. “Seeing him standing up there motivated me to succeed and be able to be in that position someday.”

Student accomplishments were also celebrated at the banquet. Students who actively participated in the department’s student activities while maintaining a high GPA were recognized through the Student Leadership Excellence Award. Undergraduate recipients of the award included Krystal Fletcher Gray, Rachael Goldwait and Aimee Muniz. Graduate recipients of the award included Aiman Aazid, Arpna Aggarwal, Tim Davis, Xu Ji, Loan Kieu and Nigel Pereira.

Students with a stellar academic record were recognized through the Student Academic Excellence Award. Undergraduate recipients of the award included Deysi Avellaneda, Ha Nguyen, Olivia Rice and Shu Ju Wood. Graduate recipients of the award included Jacqueline Brown, Thong Le, Nicole Skupnjak, Shuangshu Wu and Rong Zhou.

The event also recognized the contributions of faculty in the areas of service, research, and teaching. Department Chair Kaye Newberry lauded Outstanding Service Award recipient Saleha Khumawala for her work in microfinance.

Borrowing Khumawala’s own words, Newberry thanked her for her work in “serving the base of the pyramid, where four of the world’s 7 billion people are.” While Khumawala’s primary focus is on the second and third wards of Houston, her efforts have been as far reaching as villages in the Yucatan Peninsula and Africa.

Associate Professor Emre Kilic was honored with the Outstanding Research Award. Newberry praised his overall contributions to the department, noting his recognition for outstanding teaching at the 2012 banquet. Newberry described Kilic’s current work on derivatives as impactful and timely.

Director of Accounting Programs Michael Newman was honored with the Outstanding Teaching Award. Recently inducted as an Honors College Fellow, Newman teaches the honors sections of introductory accounting courses at the request of Bauer Honors students, as well as the accounting communications and ethics courses. Newman works hard for student success through student organizations, case competitions, and networking opportunities, efforts which ultimately help student succeed academically and in life, Newberry said.

Accounting academic advisors Tiffany Woods and Erica Casillas were also recognized respectively as recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award.

While the banquet typically signals the start of a new term for the chair of the Accounting Advisory Board, current chair Dan Crumrine told the audience that he would continue to serve for another year.

By Sarayu Sundar

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