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Endowed Chair Positions Given to Outstanding Faculty Scholars in Accounting Department

Oct. 3, 2006

By Amy Stoneham

Dr. Brett Wilkinson and Dr. Bill Thomas have recently been named Endowed Chair holders. Wilkinson was named The Roderick L. Holmes Chair of Accountancy, and Thomas, The KPMG -Thomas L. Holton Chair of Accounting. An endowed position is reserved for outstanding scholars who exemplify a commitment to research, as well as teaching.

Brett Wilkinson joined the Baylor faculty as an assistant professor of Accounting in the Fall of 2002. Originally from Australia, Wilkinson has degrees from Australia, New Zealand and the United States. He completed his PhD at Texas Tech University, where he was the Frank M. Burke Doctoral Fellow in Taxation.

Here at Baylor, Wilkinson's principal teaching and research interests have been in international taxation and tax policy and the public interest implications of accounting. His enthusiasm for taxes and tax policy has extended into his work with students. Since 2004, Wilkinson has coached Baylor teams competing in the PricewaterhouseCoopers "xTAX" ("Extreme Tax") competition. In 2005, the winning team from Baylor was selected as one of the top five teams in the nation. Wilkinson helped lead the team to the national championship in Washington, DC, where they competed against Notre Dame, Brigham Young, Michigan State and Bryant Universities.

His research has been published in a wide range of journals including: Financial Management; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation; Accounting and the Public Interest; Journal of Legal Tax Research; Waikato Law Review; Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research; Pacific Accounting Review; Journal of Biblical Integration in Business; Tax Adviser; CPA Journal; Today's CPA and Bulletin for International Fiscal Documentation.

Brett and his wife Kate have two young sons and are active members of First Baptist Church Woodway.

Bill Thomas is a Baylor alumnus who received his bachelors in business administration degree in accounting and went on to complete his masters. He furthered his education at The University of Texas at Austin, where he received his PhD. Prior to becoming a professor, Thomas was a practicing accountant with the firms of KPMG, LLP and BDO Seidman, LLP.

Dr. Thomas has been a member of the faculty of the Accounting and Business Law Department of the Hankamer School of Business since 1971, and served as Chair of the department from 1983 until 1995. He has also served as the J.E. Bush Professor of Accounting since 1995. Thomas was recognized as an Outstanding Faculty Member of Baylor University in 1984 and Distinguished Professor for the Hankamer School of Business in 2002. He has received several awards for outstanding teaching, including, most recently, the designation as Master Teacher.

With primary interests in the area of auditing, attestation and assurance, Thomas is the author of a textbook in auditing, as well as many articles in auditing, financial accounting and reporting, taxation, ethics and accounting education. His scholarly work focuses on the subject of fraud prevention and detection, as well as ethical issues in practice and in academics. Thomas' most recent publication of national prominence is "The Rise and Fall of the Enron Empire," which appeared in the April 2002 Journal of Accountancy and was selected by Encyclopedia Britannica for inclusion in its Annals of American History. He serves as both technical and accounting and auditing editor of Today's CPA, the journal of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, with a circulation of approximately 28,000.

Thomas is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas, as well as a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Bill and his wife, Mary Ann (Long, BA Baylor 1969) have two married children. Matt, their son, and his wife Wendy, reside in Boston, MA, where Matt is enrolled as an MBA student at Harvard University. Megan, their daughter, resides in New York City with her husband, Randy Evans, where is employed with the Merger and Acquisitions Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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