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Ann Gabriel named Outstanding Accounting Educator of the Year

Ann Gabriel, professor in the Ohio University School of Accountancy was recently named 2012 Outstanding Accounting Educator of the year.

The award, which is co-sponsored by Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Accounting Association is presented annually to an accounting professor in the state that has demonstrated outstanding contribution and innovation that has positively impacted the accounting profession.

Over the course of her career, Gabriel has exemplified remarkable teaching leadership and novelty among students and faculty at Ohio University. Lisa Miller, a 2012 Honors Tutorial College graduate, nominated her for this award.

"Receiving this award is both thrilling and humbling," said Gabriel. "It is thrilling because I was nominated by one of my students, humbling because I realize how many people played significant roles in helping me achieve the honor."

Gabriel says she is particularly indebted to two wonderful women in her life that helped shape her prosperous accountancy career.

"The late Jean Stephens convinced me that I should become an accounting educator," Gabriel said. "Given my experience in public accounting and as a corporate controller, she encouraged me to be a role model for women considering an accounting career."

"Dr. Carolyn Callahan, KPMG Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Accountancy at the University of Memphis, has been my mentor throughout my career," Gabriel said. "She taught me how to be a teacher, a researcher, and a good faculty member."

The award was presented twice to Gabriel – May 10 at the Ohio Region of the American Accounting Association meeting in Cincinnati and June 19 at the Ohio Society of CPAs annual meeting and member summit in Columbus.

Apart from receiving the award, Gabriel also became chair of the School of Accountancy beginning July 1. She said she does not plan on making any immediate major changes to the school.

"I'm following in the footsteps of two great directors, Ray Stephens and Connie Esmond-Kiger -- they set the bar very high," said Gabriel. "I have great colleagues in the School of Accountancy, and with their help, I look forward to growing the excellent programs we offer."