Sara L. Burney
Lou Burney, who graduated from the University of Mississippi with an accounting degree in 1979, realized a lifelong dream in 2014 when she became a full-time accounting instructor at her alma mater.
Now, she teaches and mentors students at UM's Patterson School of Accountancy who will become tomorrow's accounting professionals. It's highly rewarding work, she said.
"This is my dream job," Burney said. "There's a smile on my face every day and I look forward to going to work."
Burney, a native of Ackerman, went into accounting after receiving her bachelors degree at Ole Miss. She is a certified public accountant. Early in her career, she worked for the firms Arthur Andersen and KPMG before being hired as a controller at Millsaps College. She worked there for 28 years, earned a master's degree and rose to chief financial officer for the college. She was thrilled when she was hired at UM as a full-time instructor in the fall of 2014.
Burney said. "There was an opportunity to come to Ole Miss and teach full time and live in Oxford. Those were two of my ultimate goals."
She and her husband, John Tyner, who is a salesman for a Madison-based casket company, are in the process of moving their home to Oxford. They spend a lot of their time away from work camping and enjoying the outdoors. They also enjoy snow skiing trips and trips to the beach. The couple has an Australian shepherd named Tom.
Ms. Louise Burney's Curriculum VITAE
Steve Matzke is the Senior Director of External Relations for the American Accounting Association (AAA). Steve works closely with the CEO, Dr. Yvonne Hinson, and the AAA Professional Staff to increase relations with existing external partners and sponsors, as well as expand partnerships. Steve assists the volunteer leadership of the AAA's 17 Sections and 7 Regions to support their efforts related to identifying funding and sponsorship opportunities. He also leads fundraising and grant identification efforts for the AAA and its membership. Steve has over 20 years of experience in accounting academic program development and management. He served as Director of Faculty and University Initiatives for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Prior to joining the AICPA, Steve worked for the University of Notre Dame in their Master of Science in Accountancy program.
Christy Nielson, PhD, is an assistant professor of accounting at the University of Mississippi's Patterson School of Accountancy. Christy earned her PhD at the University of Georgia. Prior to her doctoral studies, Christy received both her Bachelor and Master of Accountancy degrees from the University of Mississippi and spent three years working as an external auditor in Deloitte's Nashville, Tennessee office.
Christy conducts research using experiments and interviews. Her research investigates auditors' and accounting managers' judgments and decision making. She is particularly interested in auditors' interactions, both with other auditors and with their clients. Christy's research projects have received grants from the Center for Audit Quality, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the Institute for Fraud Prevention.
Dr. Christy S. Nielson's Curriculum VITAE
Andy L. Wright, CPA is the Executive Director of the Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy (MSBPA). He joined the MSBPA as the Associate Director, Investigations on January 1, 2014. He currently serves on National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) Accountancy Licensee Database (ALD) Committee. Immediately prior to joining MSBPA, he was with the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor for five years, where he provided technical assistance and training to state and local government officials and CPA's / auditors and also participated in audits of various state agencies. Mr. Wright spent more than eight years in public accounting and more than 20 years in financial, operational, and executive management at banking and mortgage banking firms. He holds CPA licenses in both Texas and Mississippi, earning the Texas certificate in 1980 and Mississippi certificate in 1991. He received the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Accountancy) degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, and did post-graduate work in accounting and taxation at the University of Houston.