Ray Whittington, CPA, a distinguished accounting educator, was appointed dean of DePaul University’s College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. Whittington joined DePaul’s faculty in 1997. Previously, he served as director of auditing research at the AICPA and vice-chair of the Auditing Standards Board and was a senior auditor for KPMG Peat Marwick.

The IRS has appointed two practitioners to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities. Joan M. DiMarco, CPA, is the managing partner of the Philadelphia office of BondResource Partners LP, a firm specializing in tax-exempt bonds. Sandra Starnes, CPA, is cash management officer for the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe in the state of Washington.

Josh K. Jones and Sandie E. Kim began two-year terms as professional accounting fellows in the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant. Both are senior managers—Jones in Ernst & Young LLP’s Atlanta practice office and Kim in Deloitte & Touche LLP’s national office accounting consultation group in San Francisco. They will develop rule proposals under federal securities laws, communicate with professional accounting and auditing standard-setting bodies and consult with SEC-registered companies on accounting and reporting matters.

Luther Bragg, CPA, was appointed to the Accounting and Auditing Policy Committee of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board by Gregory H. Friedman, vice-chair of the President’s Council on Integrity and Efficiency and inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy. Bragg serves as the assistant auditor general for financial management and comptroller audits in the Department of the Navy’s Office of the Auditor General.

The Last Word column in May incorrectly cited the date Frank Bahl became CFO of Tax Technology Enterprises. Bahl was promoted to that position in 2000.


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