Letter from the President
This is an exciting time for the Academy as we leverage our successful past to expand our reach as a 21st century global organization. In 2015 the membership voted to authorize the Academy leadership, under the direction of President Massimo Sargiacomo, to actively pursue an affiliation with the American Accounting Association (AAA).
A small team worked diligently through the late Fall of 2015 and early Winter of 2016 to prepare a Prospectus to present to the AAA, outlining the value proposition of making the Academy a section within the organization. The Prospectus was presented to AAA leadership and in the Spring of 2016 the American Accounting Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to recognize the Academy of Accounting Historians as a new section. The news of the AAA vote was announced at the 2016 World Congress and the Academy of Accounting Historians was welcomed at the AAA Centennial meeting in August 2016 as the newest section of the AAA.
The leadership of the Academy has designated a transition team which is working with AAA staff to transfer the operations and dedicated resources of the Academy to the new section within the AAA structure, with a planned completion of Spring 2017. Accordingly, the Accounting Historians Journal will be published as a AAA section journal beginning with Volume 44 in June, 2017.
The exciting possibilities that lie ahead for the Academy have already taken hold within our membership as reflected by the recent donation to kick-off the 21st Century Historical Development Fund. The new section provides a great platform to further our mission, to encourage research, publication, teaching and personal interchanges in all phases of accounting history and its interrelation with business and economic history including the environment within which they developed.
President, Academy of Accounting Historians