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(Washington, D.C., June 30, 2005) – The Center of Accounting Education in Howard University’s School of Business launched a series of executive education programs, in conjunction with the major accounting firms, to address the need to increase the number and success of African–Americans in the accounting profession. A study by the American Institute of CPAs found that less than 1% of partners in the majority owned firms are African-Americans.

“We at the Howard University School of Business have the ability to help accounting firms prepare their minority CPAs for major leadership roles in the future,” said Professor Hubert Glover, chair of the Howard University Accounting Department. “We can help our profession fulfill its commitment to genuine diversity.”

On June 26, 2005, The Center launched We’re About Success! a series of education programs, seminars, surveys and workshops at the Westfield Marriott Hotel in Chantilly, Virginia. The workshop, designed by Visiting Professor and former KPMG LLP partner, Frank K. Ross, brought together over 120 professionals who have been working in the accounting profession for less than a year. Participants networked with experienced executives to learn the path to success by working in teams and building alliances. They also participated in a series of workshops designed to help them pass the CPA examination, a critical first step to professional success.

“The Center for Accounting Education and We’re About Success! have three major goals: to enhance the leadership skills of minority executives, improve the likelihood of their success and increase the retention rates of their employers,” said Professor Ross.

James S. Turley, Chairman and CEO, Ernst & Young will begin the program with a keynote address.Panel discussions and workshops will be led by senior executives from Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Association of Black Accountants, as well as leaders of several minority-owned accounting firms and members of the Howard University School of Business faculty.

The week-long program will be developed into a one-day program by the Center for Accounting Education for use by other historically black colleges and universities in the fall. For more information contact Pat Kellibrew, Center for Accounting Education, Howard University, 202-806-1643.

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world.

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