August 9, 2023

The AAA Announces the Launch of the American Accounting Association Foundation

Mark H. Taylor, 2023-2024 President of the American Accounting Association (AAA), announced the launch of the American Accounting Association Foundation on Wednesday, August 9, 2023, during the organization’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3), will support the activities and programming of the AAA. “The accounting academy and the accounting profession are at a critical juncture. To help ensure the sustainability of the profession and the academy, this is the right time for the American Accounting Association to launch a separate Foundation,” Taylor said. 

The Foundation’s Mission Statement was shared during the launch announcement:

With a goal to ensure a vibrant and thriving Accounting Profession, the American Accounting Association Foundation supports programs and initiatives that advance accounting education, the accounting academy, and the accounting profession, through five focused areas: 

  • Supporting Teaching Excellence
  • Supporting Research Relevance and Impact
  • Supporting Advanced Degrees in Accounting
  • Raising Awareness of the Accounting Profession
  • Advancing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging in the Accounting Profession


The inaugural American Accounting Association Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes:

Markus Ahrens, St. Louis Community College
Liz Barentzen, Center for Audit Quality
Geoffrey Brown, Illinois Society of CPAs
Mark Dawkins, University of North Florida
Mike DePrisco, Institute of Management Accountants
Ben Ellingson, Eide Bailly LLP
Jennifer Joe, Virginia Tech University
George Krull, Grant Thornton LLP (Retired Partner)
Catherine Moy, BDO LLP
Matt Owens, Disney (Retired)
Katie Patel, PwC LLP
Lindsay Patterson, Institute of Internal Auditors
Marshall Pitman, University of Texas at San Antonio
Dennis Reigle, Arthur Andersen LLP (Retired Partner)
Mark Taylor, University of South Florida

During his remarks, Taylor announced that George Krull will serve as the inaugural Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Before retirement, Krull served as a Partner in the Executive Office of Grant Thornton. In 2016, he received the American Accounting Association’s Outstanding Service Award and, in 2020, the Association’s Lifetime Service Award. Krull received the American Institute of CPA’s Gold Medal Award of Distinction in 2017. Yvonne Hinson, CEO of the AAA, said, “We are thrilled to have George Krull serve as the inaugural Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees. George is a respected, visionary leader that bridges practice and academia.”

You can visit the website for the American Accounting Association Foundation at

About the American Accounting Association

Promoting excellence in accounting education, research, and practice, the American Accounting Association (AAA) is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research, and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting. For more information about the AAA, please visit