Bruce K. Behn, Ph.D., CPA
President - Elect of the American Accounting Association
Bruce K. Behn, Ph.D., CPA is the President - Elect of the American Accounting Association, Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education and Deloitte LLP Professor at The University of Tennessee (UT). He joined the Department of Accounting and Information Management in 1994 after completing his doctorate at Arizona State University and served in a number of capacities over the years within the department (including Department Head) and the college. Dr. Behn has a MBA from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked for Rockwell International in Uithoorn, The Netherlands as the international financial coordinator for Allen-Bradley Europa B.V., Allen-Bradley Company as controller and financial analyst, and KPMG Peat Marwick as senior auditor. He has published articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research,Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance and a number of other journals and has served as the co-editor for the Journal of International Accounting Research and the associate editor of Issues in Accounting Education. Dr. Behn recently chaired the Pathways Commission and is a past Vice-President of the American Accounting Association (AAA), past President of the International Accounting Section (AAA) and the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA) and past chair of the AICPA’s Pre-certification Education Executive Committee. He has also been the recipient of a number of teaching awards including the AAA's Innovation in Accounting Education award, UT’s Alumni Outstanding Teaching award, and the Tennessee Society of CPAs Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Edward S. Karl, CPA, CGMA
Vice President - Taxation of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Edward S. Karl, CPA, CGMA, is the Vice President - Taxation of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In this position, he is responsible for the review, formulation, and submission to Congress, the Treasury Department, and the Internal Revenue Service of technical and policy recommendations for improvement of the federal tax process. Mr. Karl’s staff serves as the principal liaison for the AICPA with the Internal Revenue Service. He is also responsible for tax ethical issues including management of the AICPA’s tax standards, the Statements on Standards for Tax Services. Finally, Mr. Karl oversees the Tax Division’s delivery of services to members which focuses on helping AICPA members provide the highest quality professional tax services.
Mr. Karl was previously employed in the tax department of a large, national CPA firm as well as a smaller, local one where he established their tax department. He was a frequent contributor toThe Certificate, a publication of the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, of which he was an editor for fifteen years. He has also spoken at numerous tax institutes, state CPA society meetings and IRS programs.
Mr. Karl is a member of the AICPA, the American Society of Association Executives, the Maryland Association of CPAs, and the Greater Washington Society of CPAs where he has also served on their Federal Tax Committee and Board of Governors.