Department of Accountancy & Taxation Newsletter & Highlights Fall 2023 | University of Houston, C. T. Bauer College of Business


Greetings Accounting Alumni,

Welcome to the second issue of the Bauer Department of Accountancy & Taxation e-newsletter. In this issue, we highlight some of the major accomplishments of our students, faculty and staff.

The Fall term is now well underway, and we’ve seen an uptick in our BBA Accounting enrollments both in the in-person and online programs. Our STEM-designated Master of Science in Accountancy continues to offer high quality instruction with a balance of accomplished academic researchers and top professionals from the business community.

As most accounting departments in Texas are doing, we are analyzing our curriculum at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to determine how we can revise our curriculum to help our students meet the revised educational requirements to take the CPA exam in the state. We are also continuing to work with our advisory board and partner companies to ensure our students graduate with the skillsets they need to be successful in their careers.

The Department of Accountancy & Taxation and Bauer College would like to thank our donors, alumni, employers, and friends for their continued support. Thank you for hiring our graduates, volunteering to mentor our students, helping us recruit the next generation of accountants, providing financial support to help our students achieve their dreams, and offering feedback on how we can enhance our programs.

Go Coogs!

Latest News

TXCPA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award
Saleha Khumawala, Robert Grinaker Professor of Accounting and Founding Director, SURE℠ Program at the C. T. Bauer College of Business, was named Outstanding Accounting Educator by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TXCPA).

PCAOB Scholars for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
Bauer students Nekha George and Damaris Maldonado were recently recognized by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) and will receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars Program
This fall, the Department of Accountancy & Taxation announced the first group of Deloitte Foundation Accounting Scholars. Each student will receive a full-ride scholarship for the college’s Master of Science in Accountancy (MSACCY) program.

A Graduation Journey - Bao Quyen Le
Raised by a single mother in a small town in central Vietnam, Bao Quyen Le (BBA ’22 & MSACCY ’23) moved to Houston six years ago, completely starting from scratch.

A Graduation Journey - Tony Nguyen
Bauer College senior Tony Nguyen (BBA ’23) is a self-described “coffee-holic,” and he has no lack of energy when it comes to sharing about his time as a student.

Faculty Spotlight


Photo: Linette Rouseau

Linette Rousseau is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Houston. She is a multi-methods researcher interested in audit regulation, disclosure, and corporate governance. She is known for her work on key audit matter and critical audit matter reporting and has presented her research at many national and international conferences. Linette is a CPA, Elijah Watt Sells Award winner, Deloitte Foundation Fellow, American Accounting Association Outstanding Auditing Dissertation Award winner, and has won several awards for her teaching. Linette received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2022.


Photo: Carolyn Miles

Carolyn Miles holds an MBA, is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

Before joining the Accounting and Taxation Department she was on faculty at University of Houston - Clear Lake for 12 years and taught in UH's Certificate in Accountancy Program.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Miles worked in the Risk Assurance group at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 15 years specializing in internal and IT controls and Internal Audit services.

Alumni Profile
Photo: Kenny Grace

Distinguished Alumnus

Kenny Grace, Houston Partner in Charge, Moss Adams

Kenny Grace has practiced public accounting since 1985 when he graduated from the Bauer College. He began his career at Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) as an auditor before settling in with Hein & Associates (acquired by Moss Adams).

At Moss Adams, he provides audit services to public and private clients in the manufacturing, distribution, and oilfield services industries, and assists his private equity clients with purchase price allocations and annual audits. He supports his public clients through all phases of major transactions, including initial public offerings, secondary offerings, and mergers and acquisitions.

“I have always been proud to be a University of Houston Cougar. I believe it is much more mainstream today as the University and Bauer are now nationally ranked. I have the honor to work alongside of a number of fellow UH Cougars, and I find these folks to be very hard working and humble,” Grace said. “The education my wife, Suzie, and I received at Bauer has afforded all of us the ability to progress competently throughout our careers. I am proud to be a part of the ever-growing network of UH Cougars out in the local market.”

Photo: Phillip Arvanetakis

Young Alumnus

Since graduation, Phillip Arvanetakis (MSACCY ’17) has been involved with the Texas Society of CPAs (TXCPA) and has worked at Alvarez and Marsal and PwC. He is a state board member for the TXCPA, and he is on both the Houston Young Professionals and Student Program committees where he has served as the chair and a steering committee member. He was also recognized in 2023 as a Rising Star Award recipient by TXCPA.

At PwC, he worked in both audit and accounting advisory primarily serving oil and gas and telecommunication clients. At Alvarez and Marsal, he is in the Capital Markets and Accounting Advisory group and advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, IPO readiness, and technical accounting issues.

Student Profile


Accounting senior Jose Martinez spent over a year as in intern for NOV, giving him the ability to apply what he was taught in the Department of Accountancy & Taxation.

While there, he also expanded his network, and was offered full-time employment upon his graduation, and will continue his education to meet the requirements to become a CPA.

“UH was my first university of choice. I’ve only ever heard great things about UH and that it has one of the top-ranked accounting programs in Texas and the nation. Overall, I enjoyed my time at UH and would recommend it to anyone interested in a great school with a lively campus.”


Photo: Kelly Hibler

Kelly Hibler started her journey at Bauer as a student in the Certificate in Accountancy Program (CAP) and it was her Intermediate Accounting I course with Dr. Mohan Kuruvilla that inspired her to pursue a Master of Science in Accountancy degree.

Kelly is currently the Corporate Controller at Hisco Inc. and the knowledge she gained in her graduate-level courses has had many practical applications at work. More specifically, it has helped her transition the company to meet SOX compliance.

Staff Profile
Photo: Barry Hutzell

Accountancy & Taxation Advisor Barry Hutzell was hired in the Fall 2008 as a Customer Service Representative in the Bauer College Dean's office. Since then, Hutzell has held different roles in the Department of Accountancy & Taxation, and is currently an Academic Advisor II.

Chair’s Special Recognition Spotlight
Photo: Joe Seltz

Joe Seltz, a Senior Professor of Practice, led the Department’s application and successful achievement of becoming a STEM designated degree for the Master of Science in Accountancy program. At the time we achieved this designation, there were two other MS Accountancy programs in Texas, and less than 50 nationwide, that were STEM designated. Seltz’s efforts in overseeing the application process were critical in attaining STEM designation and we are thankful for his dedication and hard work in supporting our students.

Research News

Recent journal publications by our faculty:

Desai, H., Lam, P., Li, B. and Rajgopal, S., 2023. An Analysis of Carbon-Reduction Pledges of US Oil and Gas Companies. Management Science, 69(6), pp.3748-3758.

Gamble, G.O. and Tollerson, C. D. (deceased) 2023. The formulation of financial statements: A proposal for change. Accounting Horizons, 37(4): 1-15.

Koo, M. and Muslu, V., 2023. Fund Flows and Asset Valuations of Bond Mutual Funds: Effect of Side-by-Side Management. Journal of Banking & Finance, 154, p.106961.

Lobo, G.J., Xie, K. and Yan, C.J., 2023. Signaling Under Threat: Evidence of Voluntary Disclosure in Contested Takeovers. Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, 38(1), pp.3-28.

Meade, J.A., and Parthasarathy, K., 2023. Do multiple learner interactions improve learning for accounting students having differing academic achievement and demographics? Business Education Innovation Journal, 15(1):98-106.

See a complete listing of recent accounting faculty publications.

Student Success Summer 2022-Spring 2023: 97.2% placement rate upon graduation


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