Beta Alpha Psi Recognizes Business Professionals with Award for Contributions in Academia, Business and Government

Samantha Simunyu

Published August 19, 2016

Durham, N.C. – Beta Alpha Psi awarded three professionals the Business Information Professional of the Year award sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, Inc. (IMA) at the Beta Alpha Psi Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The award, created in 1974, is presented annually to individuals who make significant contributions to the business information professions in the areas of academia, business and government. 

Candidates are nominated by a Beta Alpha Psi chapter and chosen by the Beta Alpha Psi Board of Directors. The award recipient’s nominating chapter receives a $2,000 monetary award from IMA.  

“As the leading global organization representing management accounting and business and industry professionals, IMA is proud to sponsor the Beta Alpha Psi Business Information Professional of the Year award,” stated Jodi Ryan, IMA director of student & academic relations. “This year's winners, Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP.; Stephen J. Moore, Supervisory Special Agent, IRS Criminal Investigation; and Dr. Philip J. Harmelink, Professor of Accounting and Auditing and Department of Accounting Chair, University of New Orleans, were an impressive group and provide great inspiration to the students and faculty.”

The individuals listed below are the 2016 award winners.

Lynne Doughtie currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of KPMG LLP. She began her career in 1985 in KPMG’s Audit practice, and has held a number of national, regional and global leadership roles. In addition to her U.S. leadership role, she serves on KPMG’s Global Board and Executive Committee. Doughtie most recently served as Vice Chair of KPMG’s Advisory business (2011-2015). She is a Governing Board member for the Center for Audit Quality and a member of The Committee of 200.  She also serves as a board member for both NAF and the Partnership for New York City. Doughtie has received numerous recognitions including being named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business and Accounting Today magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting in 1985, and remains an active alumnus.

Stephen Moore is a Supervisory Special Agent in the Detroit Field Office. He began his Internal Revenue Service career in 1983 as a special agent in Detroit, Michigan. He went on to become a Public Information Officer and served in this role from November 2000 until 2011. Moore developed the Adrian Project, a national one-day workshop that highlights career opportunities in financial fraud investigation. The project was recognized with the IRS Criminal Investigation Chief’s Award in 2004. Moore received the Special Agent of the Year accolade in 2006—a national award presented every two years. He is a graduate of Albion College and holds a Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law. He is a native of Bad Axe, Michigan, and is married with two boys.

Dr. Philip J. Harmelink is the Ernst & Young Professor of Accounting at the University of New Orleans where he has been Chair of the Department of Accounting for 26 years. He has authored and co-authored two tax textbooks, and over 110 articles in refereed academic and professional journals. He has been a member of numerous committees for the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association, the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and the Accounting Programs Leadership Group. In the last 15 years, Dr. Harmelink has served as Peer Review Team member for AACSB Accounting accreditation for about 20 schools, and served on the 12-member national Accounting Accreditation Committee for the AACSB from 2007 to 2010. In the years following Hurricane Katrina, he has raised more than $1,000,000 for more than 800 accounting student scholarships. 

About Beta Alpha Psi

Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals, and encouraging a sense of ethical, social and public responsibility.

Headquartered in Durham, NC, Beta Alpha Psi has over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.