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MSU accounting professor elected president of American Accounting Association’s directors’ board

April 25, 2016 -- From MSU News Service

Anne Christensen, an accounting professor in the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, has been elected president of the American Accounting Association’s Board of Directors. Christensen’s election includes a one-year term beginning in August as president-elect, followed by a one-year term as president and a one-year term as past-president. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.

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BOZEMAN — Anne Christensen, an accounting professor in the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, has been elected president of the American Accounting Association’s Board of Directors. Christensen’s election includes a one-year term beginning in August as president-elect, followed by a one-year term as president and a one-year term as past-president.

“I am incredibly honored to have this opportunity to serve the American Accounting Association,” Christensen said. “The organization has played a large role in developing my research and teaching abilities. I am excited to be able to give back to the organization that has helped me so much.”

Founded in 1916, the American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia, with more than 7,000 members in more than 75 countries, according to its website.

At MSU, Christensen has served as director of the master of professional accountancy program and has been a member of the Graduate Council and the University Service Learning Advisory Board. She is also the director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, where she trains and supervises students in the preparation of tax returns for low-income individuals.

“Anne has a long record of outstanding service to the accounting profession in general, and to AAA in particular, said Kregg Aytes, dean of the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. “It’s not surprising that she has been recognized by her peers, here and across the globe, as a leader in the profession. We’re immensely proud of her accomplishments.”

Christensen has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including journals including “Issues in Accounting Education,” “The Journal of the American Taxation Association,” “ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research,” “Advances in Accounting Education,” “Journal of Business Ethics,” “Financial Accountability and Management” and “Advances in Taxation.” She also currently serves on the editorial board for “Issues in Accounting Education” and “Journal of Accounting Education.”

Christensen also has extensive volunteer and service experience, including service as president and program chair for the American Accounting Association Council’s Western region, and as president, vice president and trustee of the American Taxation Association, among many other service positions.

Christensen has 27 years of teaching experience and has received a dozen awards for academic excellence, including MSU’s President’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning, the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Distinguished Faculty Award and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service. Most recently, she was awarded the Ray M. Sommerfield Outstanding Tax Educator Award and the Outstanding Service Award, both from the American Taxation Association.

Christensen earned a master of business administration and a doctorate in accounting from the University of Utah. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling from Brigham Young University.

Contact: Audrey Capp, (406) 994-7026 or audrey.capp@montana.edu

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