Iowa Ledger 2021

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.

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Before her time: A deep dive into the epic history of Mary E. Murphy

The story of Mary Elizabeth Murphy (BSC27) is one of family, wanderlust, and success. It’s a story as old as Iowa City itself and a testament to where higher education can take you. But above all, it’s a story of firsts—including her becoming the first woman CPA in the state and the first accounting Fulbright Scholar in the world.
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.
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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!


Daniel W. Collins awarded Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion

Tippie College of Business accounting professor Daniel W. Collins (BBA68/PhD73) has been honored with the 2021 Hancher-Finkbine Faculty Medallion. The award, the most prestigious at the University of Iowa, recognizes individuals of extraordinary ability and potential. Collins received the honor April 20, 2021 in a virtual ceremony.
Wynn Tan and James Edge

Black Diamonds

Q&A with Vail Resorts Accounting Manager Wynn Tan (BBA18). Find out how she got the job, what challenges she faces, and get her best Colorado recommendations.

Less is more: 2021 Sullivan Scholar in Residence Terri Yohn

Terri Yohn argues that more disaggregation is not better. “Why go through all the accounting gymnastics, if its 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. Yohn is a professor at Emory University and pioneering accounting researcher.
Stephanie Herzog

Hitting all the fairways

The University of Iowa’s strengths in accounting, writing, and athletics provided Stephanie Herzog (BBA21) the perfect place to succeed as a student, creative writer, and Hawkeye golfer.

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:

Jennifer Ward


Jennifer Ward (BBA89)
Tax Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP

Chris Cox


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

Iowa Ledger is the annual publication for alumni and friends of the Department of Accounting at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business.

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