Back to School


Back to School
W ith the youngest of her two daughters in college, Jan Colbert, CPA, is on a new campus herself. She’s been recruited to Eastern Kentucky University by a former colleague who’s a dean.

Colbert loves the technology at Eastern Kentucky—including computers and big screens in every classroom that allow her to quickly display the CPA exam or AICPA Web sites. In her spare time, she’s been exploring the byways on two wheels; an avid biker, “I can do 30 miles on a Saturday,” she tells the JofA .

Colbert’s students, meanwhile, will benefit from her experience as chair of the audit committee of the CPA Exam, which reviews the questions they will have to answer when the time comes to get their certification. But does she ever give them a little clue as to what a question will be?

“Absolutely not—they can’t get anything out of me that’s not public information,” she says. “But, of course, they still try.”

—Cheryl Rosen


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