2016 Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting


David Burgstahler
AAA President Elect, University of Washington-Seattle

David Burgstahler is the President-Elect of the American Accounting Association(2015-16), and is the Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting at the University of Washington. David has taught at the University of Washington since 1981, where he previously served as Acting Dean in the School of Business and Associate Dean for Masters Programs and Executive Education. He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Iowa. David has published widely in peer-reviewed journals including The Accounting Review, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Issues in Accounting Education, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He is currently an Editor of The Accounting Review, serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, and served as Associate Editor (1997-2000) and Editorial Board Member (2000-04) of Accounting Horizons, The Accounting Review (1983-86) and (1992-2003), Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (multiple years) and on the Editorial Board of several other peer-reviewed journals.

David has over thirty years experience teaching, has served on over fifty Ph.D. Supervisory Committees, thirty Doctoral Dissertation Reading Committees, and has presented his research at over sixty-five conferences.  He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and is the recipient of the University of Washington’s Schoeller Senior Fellow (2014-15), AAA’s Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award (2002), Beta Alpha Psi Professor of the Year (multiple years) and has been awarded numerous faculty fellowships and research grants.


Elizabeth L. Clark
Director, Federal Affairs, National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Elizabeth LaPolt Clark is Director of Federal Affairs for the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO). Liz has been working to advance the goals and priorities of colleges and universities on Capitol Hill since 1999. She joined NACUBO after spending more than three and a half years leading the State University of New York (SUNY) System Office of Federal Relations in Washington, DC. Liz also served as Director of Federal Relations for Oregon State University and, prior to that, she was Assistant Director of Federal Relations at Cornell University, where she was charged with overseeing Cornell University’s first Washington, DC-based federal relations office. A native of Liberty, NY, Liz is a graduate of Binghamton University, SUNY and received a Master’s of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.


Douglas A. Glenn
Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director, Office of Financial Management Staff, Department of the Interior

Douglas is currently serving at the Department of Interior as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director of the Office of Financial Management. Prior to that, Mr. Glenn served as the Finance Director at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Financial Policy and Operations at the General Services Administration (GSA) from June 2004 to June 2010. Mr. Glenn’s proudest accomplishments include:

  • Implementing the A-123 program at GSA;
  • Achieving the fourth best audit/internal control report of all CFO Act agencies; Reducing GSA’s Significant Deficiency/Reportable Condition from six to two;
  • Filing the Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) six days early and before any other agency. No other agency in the history of the CFO Act has submitted their PAR sooner.
  • A green rating (2006-2008) for the President’s Management Agenda for financial performance (it was red when he started);
  • Green ratings in all nine Department of the Treasury Monthly Treasury Statement performance measures (only three other agencies could make this claim at the time).

  • A native of San Diego, CA, Mr. Glenn holds a BS in Finance, from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is a Certified Public Accountant despite the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants losing his exam on one occasion; and a former Certified Management Accountant. He has co-authored procedures listed in Appendix I of the Office of Management Bulletin No. 01-02, Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements and portions of the A-123 Implementation Guide. In addition, he co-chaired A-136 Committees in 2008-2010 and served as the President of the Washington, DC Association of Government Accountants chapter.


    Jeff Markert
    Partner, KPMG LLP, Department of Professional Practice

    Jeff is a partner in KPMG’s Department of Professional Practice in New York City with more than 22 years of experience serving state and local governments. In this role, he devotes significant time to emerging issues related to government accounting and single audits, including working with the GASB and the AICPA in the development and implementation of new standards and providing technical assistance and training to KPMG personnel throughout the United States. Jeff also currently serves on the AICPA State and Local Government Expert Panel (Expert Panel).

    Jeff previously spent 18 years in KPMG’s Chicago office and was the practice leader for KPMG’s Midwest public sector audit group. In this role, Jeff was responsible for government and notfor- profit audit services and also served as the engagement partner for many of their larger and more complex single audits.


    Dean Mead
    Research Manager, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

    Dean Mead is the research manager at the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), where he oversees GASB project managers in the planning, design, and administration of the GASB’s research, manages external research, and acts as liaison to the academic community. He is the author of the GASB’s User Guide Series, which serves as a non-technical, plainlanguage introduction to government financial statements for non-accountants. Mr. Mead also coordinates the GASB’s constituent outreach and communication efforts and is staff liaison to the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council. Additionally, Mr. Mead is a lecturer at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he teaches governmental accounting, auditing, and financial analysis.

    He is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, the Association of Government Accountants, the Municipal Analyst’s Group of New York, the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, and the Governmental Research Association. Mr. Mead currently serves on the editorial board of Public Budgeting & Finance and recently completed his term on the editorial board of The Journal of Government Financial Management.


    Michael S. Piwowar
    Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

    Michael S. Piwowar was appointed by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was sworn in on August 15, 2013.

    Most recently, Dr. Piwowar was the Republican chief economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs under Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Richard Shelby (R-AL). He was the lead Republican economist on the four SEC-related titles of the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act. Dr. Piwowar also worked on a number of important SEC-related oversight issues under the jurisdiction of the Committee, such as securities, over-the-counter derivatives, investor protection, market structure, and capital formation.

    During the financial crisis and its immediate aftermath, Dr. Piwowar served in a one-year fixedterm position at the White House as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) in both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. While at the CEA, Dr. Piwowar also served as a staff economist for the Financial Regulatory Reform Working Group of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.

    Before joining the White House, Dr. Piwowar worked as a Principal at the Securities Litigation and Consulting Group (SLCG). At SLCG, he provided economic consulting to law firms involved in complex securities litigation and technical assistance on market structure, regulatory policy, and risk management issues to domestic and international securities regulators and market participants.

    Dr. Piwowar’s first tenure at the SEC was in the Office of Economic Analysis (now called the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis) as a visiting academic scholar on leave from Iowa State University and as a senior financial economist. In those roles, he provided economic analyses and other technical support to the Commission and other SEC divisions and offices on a wide range of rulemaking, compliance, and enforcement matters.

    Dr. Piwowar was an assistant professor of finance at Iowa State University, where he focused his research on market microstructure and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in corporate finance and investments. He published a number of articles in leading academic publications and received several teaching and research awards.

    Dr. Piwowar received a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.


    Vaughan Radcliffe
    Western University

    Vaughan Radcliffe is Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control at the Ivey Business School. He is a Past President and former Research Committee Chair of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA), the publisher of the Financial Times ranked journal Contemporary Accounting Research. He is Editor of the Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting, a journal of the American Accounting Association. He is a winner of Ivey’s school wide MBAA teaching award for excellence in MBA teaching.

    His work has appeared in Accounting, Organizations and Society; Contemporary Accounting Research; The Journal of Business Ethics; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and others. Professor Radcliffe has served as an Editor of Contemporary Accounting Research and is a member of six editorial boards including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.


    D. Scott Showalter
    Chairman, Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board

    Scott Showalter is a professor of Practice in the Accounting Department at the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. He has taught advanced auditing, research and sustainability courses at the graduate level and auditing and financial accounting at the undergraduate level. Scott was recognized for his teaching excellence by being award the Department of Accounting Graduate Teaching Award in 2012. In 2014, he received the University Outstanding Teacher Award (Academy of Outstanding Teachers) and in 2015 he was inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension.

    Prior to joining the Poole College of Management, Scott was an audit partner with KPMG LLP where he completed his 33-year career in July 2008.

    Scott is active in the American Accounting Association (AAA). He is one of the founding coeditors of the Auditing Section’s online journal, Current Issues in Auditing. For the Auditing Section, he served as Vice President-Academic, President, Past President, two terms as the Vice President-Practice and co-director of the Auditing Section 2014 Annual Meeting program committee. He is currently serving as the Auditing Section historian and on the AAA Research committee. Scott served AAA as the Vice President- Professional Relations and leader of the strategic planning effort. He received the AAA Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and the Auditing Section Distinguished Service in Auditing Award in January 2014.

    Scott is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in North Carolina, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Government Financial Manager. He currently serves as the chairman of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board and member of two AICPA sustainability task forces. He recently completed a five-year term as a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board Standing Advisory Group and as a commissioner in the Pathways Commission (Phases I and II). Scott received his B.S.B.A. degree from the University of Richmond, summa cum laude, in 1975.


    Jan I. Sylvis
    Vice Chair, Governmental Accounting Standards Board

    Jan I. Sylvis was appointed to serve as vice chair of the GASB effective January 1, 2015. She began her first term on the Board on July 1, 2007 and was reappointed for a second term on the GASB, which began July 1, 2012.

    Ms. Sylvis brings extensive state government accounting and auditing experience to her Board work. She is the retired chief of accounts for the state of Tennessee, a role to which she was appointed in 1995 and retired from at the end of 2014. Ms. Sylvis also served the function of controller and managed the state’s centralized accounting system. Prior to her 1995 appointment, she served in various Tennessee state government audit roles for 16 years.

    Ms. Sylvis is a past president of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) and a past president of the National Association of State Comptrollers (NASC). Ms. Sylvis earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Memphis. She is a certified public accountant and a certified government financial manager.

    Ms. Sylvis’ current term on the GASB concludes in 2017.


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