The California Society of CPAs has elected Gregory M. Burke as the 2008-2009 chair.

He succeeds former chairperson Teresa Mason and plans to advocate for more accounting educators. "There are 20 positions unfilled for every 100 positions open," he said in a statement citing a study by the American Institute of CPAs. "And with the number of accounting students reaching a record, the need for qualified instructors - particularly those with doctorates - is critical."

During his term as CalCPA chair, Burke (pictured) will encourage his fellow members to promote accounting education through scholarship programs that will enable more accounting students to pursue doctoral degrees.

As a director of John Waddell & Co., Burke provides tax and litigation support services to a variety of clients and attorneys throughout California and has testified as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases. In his spare time, Burke enjoys skiing, backpacking, running, motorcycling and playing softball.

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