Students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston consistently break records and set high standards for their peers, and accounting graduate David Walker Grimes is no different. At 19 years old, Grimes is the youngest student to graduate from UH this semester.
Grimes earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting through the college’s Professional Program in Accounting in just two years. The education he received at Bauer College has given him the opportunity to pursue his dreams of succeeding in the business world, Grimes said.
“Bauer has provided me with a business perspective and made me much more professional in my dealings with companies and people in general,” he added. “The classes have given me a strong foundation for accounting and other areas of business and prepared me for my career.”
In April, Grimes was one of only four students to receive an award given by the Accounting Advisory Board at Bauer College. “I was very honored to receive the Department of Accountancy and Taxation’s Academic Excellence Award for undergraduates,” he said. “Winning the award has inspired me to continue to work diligently, and it gave me the feeling that my hard work has not gone unnoticed.”
Grimes graduated from Memorial High School in May 2006 and fulfilled the requirements for his BBA in only two years. Grimes chose to enroll at UH and Bauer not only because his parents are alumni but also because of Bauer’s increasing visibility as one of the nation’s top business schools.
“I chose UH because I wanted to stay near my family, and I found out that Bauer has an excellent accounting program with graduates frequently outperforming UH students on their CPA exam passage rate,” Grimes said. “I noticed how Bauer was up-and-coming in the public business school rankings, and we are now in the Top 40 onBusinessWeek‘s list of the best public undergraduate schools.”
Grimes was a member of the Accounting Society during his time at Bauer and enjoyed getting to know the members and alumni, who he said are always willing to help someone or share words of wisdom. Grimes is also one of the founding members of the UH Kappa Sigma chapter social fraternity, Pi Epsilon.
He credits his professors at Bauer, specifically Ron Lazer, George Gamble, Edward Nathan, John Green and Samuel Goble, for their help in his success, and said that the professors enjoy what they do and have made going to class a delightful experience.
“I remember talking with him about majoring in accounting after noticing his excellent performance in my class,” Lazer said. “I could see what a brilliant young man he is but also a hard working student. I’m sure he is in the beginning of a great career, and he will be an excellent representative of Bauer.”
Grimes plans to return to Bauer in the spring of 2009 to complete his master’s degree in accounting through the department’s Professional Program in Accounting, which will allow him to earn a Master of Science in Accountancy in just a year, by the time he turns 21. For now, Grimes is interning with both the Deloitte audit group and the PricewaterhouseCoopers tax group, two companies that have longstanding ties with the Accountancy and Taxation department at Bauer.
“They are wonderful companies with a lot of opportunity, so I must decide which company will suit me better and determine which field of accounting I will move into upon completion of my master’s degree,” Grimes said.
He said he likes the challenge and hard work associated with the top public accounting firms, and he hopes to one day work for one of these firms and ultimately become a partner.
By Hannah Eastham
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.