The Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of the Chief Accountant announced the selection of three academic accounting fellows, who will serve one-year terms beginning this summer.

The fellows serve as research resources for SEC staff -- interpreting and communicating research materials as they relate to the commission. In addition, the fellows are assigned to ongoing projects in the office that include rulemaking, serving as liaisons to accounting standards-setting bodies, and consulting with registrants on accounting, auditing, independence and reporting matters.

The trio includes:

  • Stephen Brown, an assistant professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, where he has taught since receiving his doctorate from Northwestern University in 2000. Brown’s research focuses on financial accounting issues, primarily the causes and consequences of managerial choices related to financial accounting matters. He worked for Arthur Andersen before entering the academic world.
  • William R. Kinney Jr., who, since 1988, has held the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Regents Chair in Business and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Auditing Fellowship at the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he presently serves as a public member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.
  • K. Ramesh, a professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems and a Plante & Moran Faculty Fellow at Michigan State University, where he earned his doctorate. Previously, Ramesh was vice president at two economic consulting firms, Analysis Group Inc. and Charles River Associates Inc., in addition to other faculty appointments. His current research focuses on trends in corporate disclosures, the role of capital market information intermediaries, and other issues relating to SEC regulation.

The three men will replace a trio of current fellows. Tom Noland will return to Georgia Southern University, while David Plumlee and Marlene Plumlee will both return to the University of Utah.

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