Hiep Headed for Harvard

Published on February 15, 2008

MS Accountancy & Taxation’s Student Selected for Nation’s Top Law School

MS ACCY candidate Hiep Tony Tran is Harvard Law bound.

MS ACCY candidate Hiep Tony Tran is Harvard Law bound.

Life’s turning points can take place in the unlikeliest places, and when we least expect it. Hiep Tony Tran, BBA ’07, happened to be shopping for holiday presents at a Toys R Us store the day before Thanksgiving when he received a life-changing phonecall.

Hiep, an MS in Accountancy & Taxation candidate from UH C. T. Bauer College of Business this spring, learned on that day that he had been accepted to Harvard Law School.

“It will open many doors for me, from judicial clerkships, to positions in elite law firms,” he says. “I have not made any particular plans regarding my career yet — these decisions will be made during and after law school. However, I would like to practice in areas of the law that intersect with business and commerce, like antitrust, securities, or tax law.”

Hiep attended high school in Houston. He received a generous scholarship offer from UH that made choosing the school an easy decision. Heavy media coverage of the Enron and other corporate scandals in 2002 influenced his decision to study business, and accounting.

“The critical role that business executives and accountants play in society was elevated to astronaut-like importance as a result of those scandals,” he notes.

Luckily for Hiep, his education at Bauer happened to transpire at a seminal time for the college: Two years earlier, Bauer had received the single largest gift ever bestowed at UH, $40 million from benefactor Ted Bauer.

“I became a student at Bauer at a time when the college was experiencing great changes: our building and classrooms were being renovated, new faculty were added in record number, and the college was revamping its core curriculum and academic programs. My experiences with professors like Dr. Scott Whisenant and Dr. K. (Shiva) Sivaramakrishnan (Endowed Chair of Accountancy) impressed upon me the importance of scholarship and research, while class with Professor Christine Resler (executive professor of Finance) serves as a reminder of the symbiotic relationship between business academia and industry.”

Hiep’s success reflects the degree of achievement available to Bauer students who take advantage of the education offered here, he says.

“In my years at Bauer College, I’ve developed the analytical reasoning skills and gained the practical knowledge necessary to be successful at Harvard and wherever my aspirations take me.”

By Julie Bonnin

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.