The 2021 issue of Iowa Ledger, an annual publication for alumni and friends of the Department of Accounting at the Tippie College of Business.


Cover of the 2021 issue of Iowa Ledger

Black and gold history

This is the 175th academic year at the University of Iowa. 2021 also marks 100 years since the business school was elevated to college status. To commemorate these huge milestones, we are taking a look back with historic campus photos.

Mary Murphy

The most interesting alumna you've never heard of

Mary Murphy (BSC27) was the first woman CPA in Iowa, an accountant in New York City on Black Tuesday in 1929, sailed on a steamship to get her Ph.D. in London, and was the first Fulbright accounting scholar in the world. Oh, and her family built Iowa City’s first capitol building (even before "Old Cap"). Read more about this truly pioneering alumna.

Ling Yan

Working behind the scenes to get you Clorox wipes

Supply chains and forecasts have never been more critical. Meet Ling Yan (Mac01), Clorox’s director of international tax and M&A and new Professional Accounting Council member.

Question mark

Where are the 2020 CPA exam numbers?

Well, the supply chain got us, too. We delayed the magazine for as long as we could waiting for the NASBA CPA exam performance numbers to be released… and then NASBA announced they won’t be released again until 2025. In the meantime, keep up to date with the latest news from the department on our new LinkedIn group: University of Iowa Accounting.


The power of the fourth estate

Media coverage of corporate wrongdoing is an important part of holding executives accountable, according to a new study from Tippie's Dain Donelson, and shows the value of a robust watchdog media.

Phillips Hall

Have you ever wondered what Phillips Hall is used for now?

Click here to watch a video tour!

Professor Dan Collins

Dan Collins awarded Hancher-Finkbine medallion

Professor Daniel W. Collins (BBA68/PhD73) has been honored with the 2021 Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion. The award, the most prestigious at the UI, recognizes individuals of extraordinary ability and potential.

Collins is set to retire at the end of the academic year. Please send messages of congratulations and your favorite Dan story to Iowa Ledger Editor Amanda May! We will share your sentiments with Dan and possibly include them in the next issue.

Wynn Tan

Black Diamonds

Q&A with Vail Resorts Accounting Manager Wynn Tan (BBA18), "It’s been an interesting experience to be able to connect with the product. I love seeing numbers as more than just numbers—but as skis, snowboards, and passes."

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Less is more

Terri Yohn argues that more disaggregation is not better. "Why go through all the accounting gymnastics, if it’s not going to help you forecast better?" she asked faculty and Ph.D. students in a lecture at the Tippie College of Business in September. She was on campus as the 2021 Sullivan Scholar in Residence.

Stephanie Herzog

Hitting all the fairways

Some people are good with words. Some people are good with numbers. Stephanie Herzog (BBA21) manages to be good at both.

Chris Cox and Jennifer Ward

Outstanding accounting alumnus awards

Each year we recognize one of our distinguished graduates for their professional achievements and service to the college and our department. We are pleased to announce our 2020 and 2021 winners:

2020: Jennifer Ward (BBA89), Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

2021: Chris A. Cox (BBA89), Senior Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc.