The Annual Business Meeting of the
Public Interest Section (PIAS) of the American Accounting
Association was held on Monday, August 17 at the New Orleans
Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting
began at 10:40 a.m.
Reports to Members
Mary Beth Armstrong,
Secretary/Treasurer, distributed copies of the Minutes of the
Annual Meeting held August 18, 1997. It was moved, seconded and
approved unanimously that the Minutes be accepted without
amendments. Mary Beth Armstrong also distributed copies of the
Treasurers report, which was accepted unanimously.
Membership Chair, reported that membership of the Section is in
the low 300s. Vaughan passed out flyers that solicit membership to
the Section. As part of an ongoing process to expand membership,
Vaughan has gathered a list of names from various sources and
emailed those on the list an invitation to join the Section.
Tim Fogarty, outgoing
Chairperson, indicated that the Section would have a new
webmaster, Gary Schneider. Tim asked for additional involvement by
members in producing a higher-quality web site for the Section.
Larry Kalbers, National
Meeting Program Coordinator, reported that the Section was given
four sessions for paper presentations at the 1998 Annual Meeting.
This number was up from previous years. The number of section
sessions is based on the relationship between section submissions
and total submissions to the Annual Meeting. Tim Fogarty
encouraged members to submit papers to the 1999 Annual Meeting.
Pamela Roush, Regional
Meetings Coordinator, asked for more programming at the local
levels, such as panels at regional meetings.
Leslie Oakes, CPE
Coordinator, was not present at the meeting. In her place, Tim
Fogarty reported that there was not sufficient registration for
the CPE offering this year for it to take place. Last years
session in Dallas was very successful. CPE programs put on by
sections generate revenue for the section.
Recognition of Past
The following past chairpersons were recognized and given, at
their choice, either a plaque or a certificate: Wayne Bremser,
Mary Doucet, Jere Francis, Barbara Merino, Joanne Rockness and
Accounting Exemplar Award
Mary Doucet reported that no exemplar award would be given this
year. She indicated the need for a formal set of criteria for the
award. The following Section members were selected to choose an
exemplar or exemplars for next year: Carol Venable, Tim Louwers
and Paul Williams.
Lee Parker, incoming Chairperson,
asked that someone be designated to go to a council meeting. The
chairperson elect has done it in the past, but with the new
two-year term for chairpersons this in no longer possible. The
possibility of the Vice President and Director of Research to
attend the council meeting was raised. It was decided that it is
the prerogative to the Chairperson to assign such a person.
The members present nominated, seconded and approved the
following members to form a nominating committee: Mary Beth
Armstrong, Jesse Dillard, Tim Fogarty and Paul Williams.
Focus for the Next Two
It was decided through discussion that the primary focus for the
next two years might be creating a new refereed, online journal
for the section. Some of the new things that might be accomplished
by this journal would be to encourage doctoral student research;
have a professional orientation; provide for critical
reinterpretations of mainstream work; and address educational
issues from a different perspective. Jesse Dillard will be the
point person for exploring the possibility of such a new journal.
After discussion, the members present unanimously instructed Jesse
Dillard to move forward with a report in the Spring issue of the
Section newsletter for approval at the 1999 Annual Meeting.
Critical Perspectives on
A discussion took place about the CPA Conference in New York next
spring. There was some concern about the lack of accountability
for the money given to the Conference by the Section in the past.
Members present asked that $3,000 should be provided for support
again this year, but that more accountability for the funds is
necessary. Further, it was asked that Vaughan Radcliffe explore
the possibility of including a way for conference attendees to
easily select membership in the Public Interest Section if they
are members of the American Accounting Association at no
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