The University of Scranton Appoints Global Strategic Advisor for Doctor of Business Administration Program

Jun 13, 2017

The University of Scranton has named George W. Krull, Jr., Ph.D., as a global strategic advisor for its new doctor of business administration (DBA) program. Dr. Krull served as a partner in the executive office of Grant Thornton LLP and was the firm’s chief learning officer. Since retiring, he has remained active with the academic and professional accounting communities. He has served as an executive-in-residence and professor of accounting at Bradley University where he was awarded emeritus status in 2011.

During his distinguished career, Dr. Krull has served with the American Accounting Association (AAA), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Pathways Commission. He was a member of the AACSB International’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Accreditation Quality, has served four terms on the AACSB’s Accounting Accreditation Committee and continues doing business and accounting accreditation peer reviews.

In 2014, Dr. Krull was recognized as one of one hundred distinguished graduates of Spears School at Oklahoma State during its centennial anniversary celebration, and in 2015 he was inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame. In 2016, he received the American Accounting Association Outstanding Service Award. For the past academic year, he served as the interim chair of the accounting department at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Krull received his undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, and Michigan State University, respectively, and he received an honorary degree from Northern Illinois University.

“We are honored and excited to have someone with George’s credentials in both accounting practice and academia to provide us with strategic guidance to ensure our program meets the evolving needs of the profession, academia, and our accreditors, AACSB International. His knowledge, innovation and passion for educational excellence in accounting are inspiring,” said Douglas M. Boyle, DBA, associate professor, accounting department chair, and DBA program director at Scranton. “His insights will prove invaluable to the success of our program and students as they transition into academic careers.”

The University of Scranton is now accepting applications for the DBA program, which will begin in the fall 2017 semester and will be offered through its AACSB International accredited Kania School of Management. The program has been approved by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Scranton’s DBA program, which has a concentration in accounting, seeks to address a critical need for qualified accounting teachers at accredited universities in the U.S. AACSB International is among the organizations that recognize the shortage of accounting faculty and encourages the development of flexible practitioner-oriented doctoral programs that enable experienced practitioners to gain the scholarly training needed to be effective teachers and researchers at academic institutions. The Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education of the American Accounting Association (AAA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) also encourage the development of more flexible, non-traditional paths to an accounting doctorate for experienced practitioners.

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