Anne Christensen, professor of accounting, was awarded tenure by the Board of Regents last Monday.

After earning her BS degree in psychology and a MS in education, Anne was a high school counselor for several years. She later decided to take a break from her career and stayed home with her children. After a few years, she went back to school to earn her MBA. While managing a real estate appraisal office, she quickly realized she could use some more accounting knowledge when her bookkeeper became ill. She said, "I returned to school to take a 'few' accounting classes and stayed until I earned my Ph.D." After completing school, Christensen joined the faculty of Portland State University, where she worked for 13 years before coming to MSU.

Christensen joined the MSU College of Business in 2002 and since has contributed in great part to many of the College's academic programs. She said, "I measure my success as a teacher by the success of my students."

Specializing in taxation, Christensen has maintained and continued to develop the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistant) program, which provides income tax help to students and lower income Montana residence.

Christensen's tenure comes at no surprise. Rich Semenik, dean of the College of Business, said, "We are very proud of Anne and thankful for the value she has added to the College of Business. Earning tenure is one of the most difficult of all professional achievements."