DBA Program Advisor Awarded Lifetime Service Award

    George W. Krull, Jr., Ph.D., global strategic advisor for The University of Scranton’s doctor of business administration (DBA) program, received a prestigious 2020 Lifetime Service Award from the American Accounting Association.
    August 17, 2020

    George W. Krull, Jr., Ph.D., CPA, CGMA, global strategic advisor for The University of Scranton’s doctor of business administration (DBA) program, was presented a 2020 Lifetime Service Award from the American Accounting Association (AAA) at its annual meeting, which took place virtually earlier this week.

    The Lifetime Service Award recognizes service contributions to accounting education made over a sustained period of time through service to the AAA, service with the education efforts in the profession through involvement with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and other accounting professional organizations, and service with the education efforts of public accounting firms, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations.

    “I am honored to receive the AAA’s Lifetime Service Award for 2020 along with Beatrice Sanders and the late William F. (Bill) Ezzell, Jr., who have both contributed so much to advance education in the field of accounting. To be honored alongside such distinguished colleagues is truly a humbling experience,” said Dr. Krull.

    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. He has served as interim chair at the University of North Texas, Saint Louis University, and Oklahoma State University. He joined The University of Scranton as a global strategic advisor for the DBA program in 2017.

    “On behalf of the University and the Kania School of Management, we congratulate Dr. Krull on receiving one of the highest honors awarded in the accounting field and we are privileged to have him participating in our DBA Program, mentoring our doctoral students and collaborating with our faculty on scholarship,” said Sam Beldona, Ph.D., dean of the Kania School of Management.

    “We are most honored and proud to have George providing strategic insights to our program. His global perspective, knowledge, integrity and professionalism are invaluable. He is one of the most respected and trusted leaders in the accounting profession and academia. I view him as a true mentor and friend and congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition,” said Douglas M. Boyle, D.B.A., chair of the Accounting Department, director of the DBA Program and founder and director of the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate Program at Scranton.

    During his distinguished career, Dr. Krull has served with the AAA, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the AICPA 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 the 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 AAA’s Outstanding Service Award and, in 2017, Dr. Krull received the AICPA’s Gold Medal Award of Distinction. Dr. Krull received his undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, and Michigan State University, respectively, and he is an honorary alumnus from Northern Illinois University.

    Scranton’s DBA program received international recognition when the prestigious accrediting body, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), recognized the program in 2019 among the “Innovations and Best Practices in Canada, Latin America and the United States.” Scranton’s DBA was recognized for providing a non-traditional research DBA in accounting that “promotes diversity and practice relevance by providing a flexible path for experienced practitioners to gain the knowledge and credentials required to succeed in tenure-track positions at AACSB-accredited institutions.”

    For information about Scranton’s DBA program, visit scranton.edu/dbaprogram.

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