Government and Nonprofit Section Archives

August 2004

Dr. John H. Engstrom attended the first meeting of the (now) Government and Nonprofit Section (GNP) of the American Accounting Association (AAA) in 1976 when it was first organized as the Public Sector Section of the AAA. Over the years John has contributed greatly to the section serving in many ways, but maybe none so important as compiling this treasured look back over the history of the section.

John has painstakingly maintained and collected the section newsletters and minutes, along with other section members and officers, to create this document which took years to put together. John felt it was important to capture the activities of the GNP section which show not only the evolution of many of our members' careers, but also the evolution of governmental and nonprofit accounting. Many of the people mentioned in these pages have dedicated their professional careers to advancing the accountability of public and nonprofit entities in the United States through quality financial reporting and auditing.

We have produced a limited set of printed bound copies of this booklet so that we could present John and the attendees of the 2004 American Accounting Association annual meeting a copy. However, our plan is to post these on the GNP section website by year and edit them as we get more information or corrections from members.

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution that Penny Wardlow made on the project as she reviewed the years as John completed them.

Sue Kattelus
Past President of GNP section

2003-2004 2002-2003 2001-2002 2000-2001
1999-2000 1998-1999 1997-1998 1996-1997
1995-1996 1994-1995 1993-1994 1992-1993
1991-1992 1990-1991 1989-1990 1988-1989
1987-1988 1986-1987 1985-1986 1984-1985
1983-1984 1982-1983 1981-1982 1980-1981
1979-1980 1978-1979 1977-1978 1976-1977

President's Letter


Dear GNP Colleagues,

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your president this year. I look forward to working with all of you and to seeing many of you at the semi-annual meetings. This section consists of members who are not only GNP scholars and educators but also some of the nicest people I know. I fondly remember presenting a paper at my first midyear meeting at Harvard University in 2005. Even though I was new to the group and only a doctoral student at the time, I was warmly welcomed by all. If you are new to the section, I hope that you attend our 2022 midyear meeting and enjoy the same experiences as me and many of our GNP colleagues when first attending our midyear meetings.

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Midyear Meeting

2022 Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting

The 2022 Government and Nonprofit Section Midyear Meeting will be held Friday, March 11-12, 2022 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC.

The meeting will provide an opportunity to:

  • Network and collaborate with colleagues
  • Remain current on issues in the GNP area
  • Learn about new and emerging GNP research
  • Present your research, case or teaching paper
  • Gain ideas for your classroom
  • See old friends in the friendliest section of the AAA
  • Join old and new friends for dinner on Friday evening
  • Show KPMG the value of its support for our meeting

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GASB Gil Crain Grant

GASB Gil Crain Memorial Research Grant

Since its formation in 1984, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) has encouraged academics and other researchers to conduct studies that would be relevant to the GASB’s standards-setting activities. Over the past 30 years, such research efforts have resulted in publishing their research in research briefs, journal articles, and occasionally in GASB research reports.

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