Spears School of Business accounting student Preston Lewis has been selected to participate in the Postgraduate Technical Assistant Program by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. He is the first person from Oklahoma State University to receive the honor from the national organization.
Lewis, who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 2019 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in accounting and a graduate certificate in data mining from OSU, will be working at the Financial Accounting Standards Board office in Norwalk, Connecticut. Admission to the program is highly competitive, and participants are chosen from graduate programs at the nation’s top accounting schools.
“This postgraduate technical assistant position is an excellent opportunity for Preston to apply his skills and knowledge at a very high level,” said Audrey Gramling, head of the OSU School of Accounting. “I and my colleagues are proud that Preston will begin his career at the FASB. His selection into this program is an outstanding demonstration of how we are building the future of accounting at OSU.”
The Financial Accounting Standards Board sponsors a postgraduate technical assistant program twice a year for individuals who are planning a career with an emphasis in accounting. Each program is a one-year term, during which the individual becomes highly involved with the accounting standards-setting process and comes to have an in-depth understanding of the roles played by preparers, auditors, and users of financial information.
“Preston’s desire to master difficult academic content combined with his university, community and professional engagement allow me the pleasure to strongly recommend him for the FASB Postgraduate Teaching Assistant Program,” Gramling wrote in her nomination of Lewis. “His dedication and enthusiasm for the profession will be a welcomed addition to the program and I know that he will make a lasting impact in his future endeavors.”
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