Professor earns Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award

Kenneth A. Merchant received the Institute’s 2014 Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award, which recognizes full-time accounting professors who excel as educators and have achieved national prominence in the accounting profession.

Merchant is the Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy at the Leventhal School of Accounting in the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He also serves as a consultant to British Airways, the World Bank, McGraw-Hill, and other companies.

Over the course of his career, he has held positions at Harvard University, Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and professional articles.


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