The American Institute of CPAs has named California accounting professor Robert S. Roussey as the 2004 recipient of its Special Recognition Award, which is presented to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the accounting profession.

The AICPA recognized Roussey, an accounting professor at the University of Southern California, for his work on international auditing standards. He served five years as chair of the International Auditing Practices Committee, the predecessor to the current International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, of the International Federation of Accountants. He has been involved with the federation's efforts since 1980.

"The international auditing process is gaining recognition with regulators throughout the world," said AICPA chair Robert Bunting. "Bob has been the leading voice from the profession in the United States on the subject."

Roussey has taught at USC's Leventhal School of Accounting since 1992. He previously was a partner at Arthur Andersen and served on the faculty of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

He has been a member of the AICPA's Auditing Standards Board and is currently on the institute's International Issues Committee. In addition, Roussey has been the international president of both the IT Governance Institute and the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, and is currently serving on the board of directors of both organizations. He has also served on the board of advisors of the Institute of Internal Auditors and was a vice chair of the American Accounting Association.

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