URI Professor Elected to Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Trustees – URI News

KINGSTON, RI – July 12, 2022 – Alejandro Hazera, professor of accounting at the University of Rhode Island, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, one of two educators elected to the board. His two-year term began May 1.

Established in 1905, the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants is one of the largest statewide professional membership organizations, with more than 1,300 CPAs and other accountants and industry leaders affiliated. As part of its mission, the society provides advocacy and leadership for the profession, promotes a healthy business climate in the state, and provides continuing professional education.

Hazera is a member of the leadership team at URI College of Business as Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence and is the former Accounting Area Coordinator and Chair of Accounting Vangermeersch. He ran for a seat on the society’s 15-member board of directors in an effort to lead cooperative efforts to strengthen the society’s relationship with higher education in Rhode Island.

“The company is a great organization,” Hazera said. “But there has never been any strategic coordination between society and higher education. In the past, the organization has mainly helped in terms of scholarships, but it is hoped that we can establish a richer and deeper connection.

“We are very happy to have Alex on the board. He has so much longevity in education and he is an innovative thinker,” said Marianne Caserta, vice president of financial transformation at NWN Carousel. and former chair of the company’s board of directors, who led the nominating committee that recommended Hazera for election.”For the past seven years, we’ve had one full-time educator on the board, we We are therefore delighted to welcome Alex at this critical moment in the history of the profession.”

One of the group’s main concerns, Caserta said, is the need to educate young people about the profession and attract more of them to become accountants. Hazera sees stronger ties between society and higher education as a great way to benefit from training future accountants at URI and other higher education institutions in the state. URI graduates more than 100 accounting students each year from its undergraduate and graduate programs, the only ones in the state to be separately accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

“One initiative we have already started is the formation of a standing committee that brings together educators and the profession,” Hazera said. “There was never an ongoing discussion about the mutual needs of each group. The profession is looking for more people and we are looking to make sure we are giving students the right skills.

During her tenure, Hazera hopes to organize reciprocal initiatives that benefit the placement of accounting graduates while helping smaller accounting firms better recruit candidates. In addition, the connection can provide higher education with a better understanding of the evolution of technology in the profession, while the extensive research carried out in higher education can benefit society and the profession.

“One of our most important functions is discovery and research,” Hazera said. “The research we do gives us a better idea of ​​emerging long-term trends and also the implications for practice and for businesses as a whole. We can help the profession understand how things like artificial intelligence, blockchain and other technologies and human behavior affect business.

As Executive Director of Inclusive Excellence for the College of Business and faculty mentor for its National Association of Black Accountants chapter, Hazera sees an opportunity to increase the number of accountants in the profession from underprivileged groups. represented. Collaboration between the company and higher education could include recruiting high school students statewide, capitalizing on the company’s many business and industry conferences, and expanding recruiting opportunities to attract/hire more accounting graduates.

Hazera said he was encouraged to run for a seat on the board by assistant professor of accounting Devendra (Dave) Kale and by a discussion with members of the company’s board of directors during a meeting of the College Accounting Advisory Board.

“As the state’s flagship research institution, URI has taken the initiative to foster this connection,” he said. “There has always been this disconnect between the profession and academia. We want to see a permanent relationship that will benefit both.

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