Top 10 accounting and professional services firm CBIZ MHM announced that they have donated a gift to the University of South Florida's Muma College of Business in the form of a five-year teaching fellowship in the school's Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy.

CBIZ made the announcement earlier this month at the firm's Tampa office.

Lively (center) earlier this month. Photo: USF.edu
Lively (center) earlier this month. Photo: USF.edu

School of Accountancy instructor Heather Lively was named the first CBIZ teaching fellow. Lively teaches financial accounting and audit courses at the University and has several years' experience as an auditor in the Tampa area.

The teaching fellowship will continue to help the school recognize young faculty making significant contributions to their accounting program, as well as attract future talent.

"Fellowships such as the CBIZ MHM Teaching Fellowship allow us to recognize and retain talented faculty," said Uday Murthy, director of the school, in a statement. "As someone who is routinely recognized for her excellence in the classroom, Heather Lively is most deserving of this recognition."

"I am proud and honored to be the first holder of the CBIZ MHM Teaching Fellowship in the Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy," Lively stated. "I look forward to further enhancing our relationship with the professionals at CBIZ MHM who are so eager to invest in the development of outstanding accounting graduates at USF."

The Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy has been recognized as one of the top accounting programs in the country, including a #20 ranking on the College Choice list of the best accounting programs in the nation, and the #1 spot in "experimental accounting information systems research" in a recent Brigham Young University research survey.

"While much of the success of the Muma College of Business at USF lies with the quality of the faculty and enthusiasm of the students, a key ingredient is the relationships we have with the outside business community," stated Moez Limayem, dean of the Muma College of Business. "It's a network that is growing and strengthening every day and this gift is an example of a process in which we all benefit."

For more on the University and CBIZ's donation, head to USF's site here.

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