Dear fellow GNP colleagues,
It is an honor for me to serve as the 2015-2016 President of the Government
and Nonprofit (GNP) Section of the American Accounting Association
(AAA). Seventeen years ago, I presented my first governmental research
paper at the annual meeting in New Orleans. I was a really nervous Texas
A&M University Ph.D. student, and the members all made me feel welcome.
They also provided valuable feedback on the paper and encouraged me to get
involved with the section. When I attend conferences today, I still feel this
way. Not only do we have the friendliest section in the AAA, I feel it is the
most important area of accounting research. I believe we have the greatest
ability to influence governmental and nonprofit practices with our collective
research and expertise.