Advisory Board

The School of Accountancy’s (SoA) Mission Statement states that the USM accounting “educational experience . . . extends beyond the classroom to include interacting with the accounting and business community. . . [Faculty are charged with] establishing and maintaining close ties with accounting firms located within the Gulf South region, thereby enabling the School of Accountancy to better serve this important constituency.” In enabling this mission, the School of Accountancy’s Advisory Board exists to promote and support the educational programs of the SoA, and to strengthen the school’s position as a premier institution of accounting education within the Gulf South region.

Reputable professionals from public, corporate, and governmental accounting entities donate their time, abilities, and resources as Advisory Board members. Members join the director in periodic meetings to discuss the SoA’s performance in advancing the school’s mission, and to provide associated mission-related and performance-related input. In addition to meeting as a group, Board members individually assist the SoA in meeting with accreditation officials, and in presenting career information on the accounting profession to business students who have not yet decided upon an academic major. SoA Board Members represent a dedicated group of professionals selected for their enthusiasm and interest in advancing the accounting programs at Southern Mississippi.

For more information contact:

K.E. “Skip” Hughes II
Director and Professor of Accounting
University of Southern Mississippi
School of Accountancy
College of Business
118 College Drive, #5178
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Phone: 601.266.4641
Email: skip.hughes@usm.edu

 

 

Meet the Board

Blalock

J.T. Blalock
Supervisor Assurance Services Hattiesburg Office
Horne LLP
Chair of Advisory Board

Favre

Jerry Favre
Partner
Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre, PLLC

 

Melinda Gratwick

Melinda Gratwick
Senior Manager
KPMG, LLP

Hatten

Amber Hatten
Professor of Practice
USM School of Accountancy

Hill

Michael Hill
Tax Manager
BKD, LLP 

Jennifer Hilliard 

Jennifer Hilliard 
Senior Manager
Haddox Reid Burkes & Calhoun, PLLC

Jackson

Robert T. Jackson, Sr.
Principal
Jackson, Bowman, Blumentritt & Arrington, PLLC

Lacey Miller

Lacey Miller
President of Accounting Constituency Society,
Accountant
Nicholson & Company, PLLC

Kade Moody

Kade Moody
Partner
Horne, LLP

Riley

Susan Riley
Partner
Nicholson & Company, PLLC 

Brian Schmittling

Brian Schmittling
Partner
The Koerber Company, P.A.

Sims

Elton Sims
Partner
Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLP

 Linda Reeves

Linda Reeves
Bureau Director II - Procurement
Mississippi Department of Education