Internal Auditing Group Puts Bauer Accounting Program in Select Group
Business partners, faculty and students recently gathered to celebrate the naming of the Accountancy & Taxation Department at C. T. Bauer College of Business as one of 19 schools in the Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program.
The Partnership recognizes the quality of the Department’s growing Internal Auditing Program and will “help students gain specialized knowledge and increase their value,” said Department Chair Gerald Lobo.
“This is a wonderful time to be on the Accounting Advisory Board as an alumni,” said Ernst & Young partner John King, (‘92), the immediate past chair of the Board. “I have never found a more open, accepting group of people in my professional career, and there is never any question that the top priority is that we do things in the best interest of Bauer College, in the best interest of the students.
“This is a milestone, and we’re heading to what we hope is an even bigger milestone down the road,” King said, referring to expectations that the school is on track to become an IAEP Center of Excellence in a few years. There are only two U.S. schools designated as Centers of Excellence out of five around the world.
Associate Dean of External Relations Robert Casey praised the collaboration between the university and representatives of the Institute of Internal Auditors Houston chapter that culminated in the honor.
“This has taken five to six years to gestate,” Casey said. “It is one of the most prideful partnerships that we share.”
Accounting Professor and Curriculum Chair George Gamble spoke about the special qualities Bauer students embody.
“I am elated that our students have been given an opportunity to elevate themselves through this,” Gamble said. “Every day they show their enormous work ethic, and they demonstrate their thirst and hunger to achieve excellence. More importantly, they have a burning desire to do the right thing, no matter what it costs on a personal level.
“When you think about an asset, you think about value,” Gamble said. “These students have strength, they have grit, they have dedication.”
They also have exceptional skills, said Ron Rand of The Rand Group, which though only involved with the university for a year has hired 10 students.
“We see our relationship with the university as strategic,” Rand said. “We think it strengthens our competitiveness not only in Houston but around the country.
“Everyone who has passed through this program has had a positive effect on our organization and has contributed to our growth.”
By Julie Bonnin