For the second consecutive year, a University of Southern Mississippi faculty member has captured the Mississippi Society of CPA (MSCPA) Accounting Educator of the Year award.
Dr. Stan Clark, a professor in the Southern Miss School of Accountancy, follows in the footsteps of colleague Rod Posey as the 2010 recipient. Since the award’s inception in 1987, this marks the first time that instructors from the same school have captured the honor in successive years.
“This is certainly the biggest honor I’ve ever had in my career,” said Clark, who has been an instructor at Southern Miss since 1990. “You look at the names who have won this in the past, and it’s just incredible to think I’m included with them.
“And it’s another great honor to follow one of my heroes in Rod Posey. I think having two in a row from our university win this award says a lot about the accountancy program we have here at Southern Miss.”
Each fall the MSCPA Education & Scholarships Committee solicits nominations from its 2,600 members for the Educator of the Year award presented to an instructor who has made significant contributions in the field of accounting.
Clark, 49, will receive his award during the MSCPA Annual Business Meeting set for June 26, 2010 at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Fla.
“Stan is a leader in accounting education in the state and has been very active in committee service and education programs of the Mississippi Society of CPAs,” said Jack Coppenbarger, executive director of the MSCPA. “For many years he has been a regular presenter in our Continuing Education Program leading seminars and presenting at conferences and at our chapters across the state.”
Clark, a Decatur, Miss., native, earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in accounting from Southern Miss before obtaining his doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He tries to instill in his accounting students the importance of critical thinking.
“I try to guide them to learn to think through problems,” said Clark. “Accounting is about solving problems in a lot of cases, and I want students to not concentrate so much on memorization as thinking through a process to reach a solution.”
Dr. K.E. “Skip” Hughes, director of the School of Accountancy at Southern Miss, said the award is a testament to Clark’s commitment as an educator.
“Everyone who knows anything about Stan Clark, knows that he is the consummate teacher who wears his concern for student learning on his sleeve,” said Hughes. “He is an exemplar whom we fellow teachers continually aspire to emulate.”
Dr. Stan Clark
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