Ole Miss Professor Honored


LIMELIGHT

ale L. Flesher, Arthur Andersen Alumni Professor of Accountancy and associate dean of the University of Mississippi, is the first person to win the newly created Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award, which was presented at the Academy of Accounting Historians Hall of Fame conference at Ohio State University. The award celebrates his outstanding contribution to the accounting field—as a researcher he has published more than 30 biographical articles about accounting leaders, from Charles Waldo Haskins and Elijah Watt Sells to Andrew Barr, a recent SEC chief accountant.

In accepting the award, Flesher said he was honored to have an award named for Thomas Burns, with whom he had worked in the 1980s, and gave credit for his success to his coauthors, among whom were his wife Tonya Flesher, Gary Previts of Case Western Reserve University and Tommie Singleton of the University of Alabama.

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