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OSU School of Accounting’s George Krull earns prestigious award from AICPA

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

George Krull

Oklahoma State University’s George Krull was honored Sunday with the Gold Medal Award of Distinction by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) at the Fall Council and Annual Members’ Meeting in San Antonio.

Krull was named this summer as interim head of the OSU School of Accounting, and he also assists Eddy Ditzler in teaching the Financial Accounting Research seminar.

Since 1944, the AICPA has given the Gold Medal Award of Distinction to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

“Dr. Krull is very deserving of this award as he has distinguished himself in all aspects of the accounting profession,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “He has done so much to improve accounting in the academic and professional realms. We are very pleased he received this award and we are honored to have him back working with us.”

Jack Finning, a member of the awards committee, presented Krull with the award at the fall meeting of the AICPA governing Council. “Throughout his career, George Krull has helped define the future of the CPA profession through his passion for educating its next generation,” Finning said.

Gold Medal Award of Distinction certificate and medallion
George Krull was presented with this framed certificate and medallion at the awards ceremony.

A retired partner at Grant Thornton LLP, Krull served as a member of the Professional Standards Group, where he worked on the implementation of the firm’s automated audit and control software. He also was its Chief Learning Officer and represented his firm on a wide range of volunteer educational committees. In addition, Krull was a founding member of the Sponsoring Group of the Pathways Commission, which is the national commission on accounting education.

He served on numerous AICPA committees and task forces, including Computers and Information Systems, Continuing Professional Education, Education Management Exchange Subcommittee, Professor/Practitioner Case Development Program and Pre-Certification Executive Education. He has also played an important role in the AICPA Foundation and the Accounting Doctoral Scholars program. In addition, Krull was also a founding member of the AICPA's Diversity and Inclusion Commission, which leads efforts to expand diversity within the accounting profession.

Krull was recruited to OSU by the late Wilton T. Anderson, head of the accounting program. He earned his master’s degree from the OSU business school in 1966, his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and his doctorate from Michigan State University. Early in his academic career, Krull was a member of the OSU School of Accounting faculty and he returned this summer as interim head of the department.

He has been honored for his contributions by numerous organizations, including being inducted into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame at both Oklahoma State University and Ohio State University, and is an honorary alumnus of Northern Illinois University.

Krull was inducted into the OSU Spears School of Business Hall of Fame in November 2015 and was also recognized in the “Spears School Tributes: 100 for 100” when the school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. In 2016, Krull was the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award at the American Accounting Association at the group’s annual meeting in August in New York City.

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