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Kerry-Ann Hamilton
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Washington, D.C., June 18, 2006 – A June 13 supplement in the Wall Street Journal reported an acute shortage of accountants. Citing, an industry Web site, the article reported that 375,000 accounting jobs and 175,000 auditing jobs were currently open. Staggering statistics such as those referenced have propelled the Howard University School of Business to sponsor the series of accounting seminars to prepare young minorities to succeed in the field. The second annual Leadership Skills Development Program will take place from June 25-30 at the Westfields Marriott Hotel, 14750 Conference Center Drive, Chantilly, Virginia.

The program is managed by the School of Business’ Center for Accounting Education in partnership with Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and minority-owned Bert Smith & Co., Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Assoc, Walker & Co., Williams, Adley & Co., Coleman & Williams, Mitchell & Titus, NABA and the AICPA. Over 120 young Black professionals from many firms around the country will participate in this year’s seminar which marries theoretical and practical lessons taught by industry leaders.

“The Howard accounting program graduates the largest number of Black certified public accountants nationally and has a long history of preparing successful accountants,” said Frank K. Ross, director of the Center for Accounting Education. “Programs like this are imperative as fewer African Americans compared to their White counterparts pass the CPA exam. We want to encourage them to earn certification as early in their careers as possible.”

About The Center

The Center helps to meet the critical need of preparing minority accounting professionals to successfully confront the rigors of the accounting industry.  The Center is sponsored by a small group of corporate stakeholders who contribute resources, expertise and experience in the field of accounting. Together, we develop programs to ensure that these minority professionals receive the additional skills necessary to enable them to be successful.   

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, 13 Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at


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