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FSU accounting speaker series receives gift from local accounting firm

Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. makes donation to revamp educational series at the FSU College of Business
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Florida State University College of Business’ Accounting Speaker Series is the recipient of a generous donation from local accounting firm Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A.

The series, now entitled Thomas Howell Ferguson presents the John Perry Thomas Accounting Speaker Series, is designed to offer a sequence of workshops featuring a guest speaker in the fall and spring semesters to the College of Business Accounting Department’s faculty and students. The speaker series will also be available for employees of Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., as well as FSU master’s of accounting students, undergraduate students and students involved in Beta Alpha Psi.

"We are very grateful to Thomas Howell Ferguson for their generous donation to our program," says Bud Fennema, department chair and Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting. "This donation allows the Accounting Department to continue to provide out-of-the-classroom opportunities to our students; opportunities that allow them to enhance their accounting knowledge and interact with accounting professionals."

John Perry Thomas, a graduate of Florida State and former instructor, is a leading expert in both accounting and business. During his career, he has acted as a member and leader in both the Florida Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. As a member of the AICPA Board of Directors, AICPA Council, Auditing Standards Board and the FASB Advisory Council, Thomas has been involved with establishing current accounting standards and guidelines to serving as a pioneer and advocate for CPAs. Thomas is one of the founding members and former managing partner of the Tallahassee CPA firm, Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A.

After each workshop, students and Thomas Howell Ferguson staff will have an opportunity to network, furthering the opportunity for students to engage themselves in the accounting industry prior to graduating.

"We strive to provide students with opportunities that create a well-rounded, individualized education," says Caryn L. Beck-Dudley, dean of the FSU College of Business. "We are very grateful that Thomas Howell Ferguson is partnering in our effort to educate the best accountants."

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About the FSU College of Business
Founded in 1950, the College of Business is one of the nation’s youngest business schools, yet it has become one of the 10 largest in the nation. With more than 5,700 students, the College boasts a distinguished full-time faculty of 116, including one Francis Eppes professor, eight eminent scholars, three university-named professors, 30 endowed professors and five fellows. The College offers eight undergraduate degrees (BS) with ten majors, and the graduate program offers five master’s degree programs (MBA, MSF, MSM, MS in MIS and MAcc) and seven majors at the doctoral level (PhD). These academic majors are available through the College’s five departments, which include Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate & Legal Studies. The College also has one independent, industry-specific program, the Dedman School of Hospitality, which offers one undergraduate degree with two majors. The Dedman School of Hospitality has eight distinguished full-time faculty, which include four endowed professors.

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