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May 2013



Molly Brown Wins ICMA Board of Regents CMA Silver Medal Award

Molly Brown Wins ICMA Board of Regents CMA Silver Medal Award

Not only has Molly Brown recently passed the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam, which is an exam as rigorous as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, but she also recently found that she earned the second highest score in the country. With that score, she earned a silver medal from the Institute of Certified Managerial Accountants (ICMA).

“A number of my colleagues in the School of Accounting are Certified Management Accountants, and obtaining the CMA certification has been a goal of mine since I began teaching Cost Accounting five years ago,” Molly says. “However, it seemed difficult to carve out the time necessary to adequately prepare for the exam. Last fall, I finally committed to sitting for the exam during the January/February testing window. I took the exam, which is given in two four-hour parts, in Richmond in February. I studied on my own over winter break, concentrating on the finance and economics topics that I do not teach in my managerial and cost accounting courses. 

“I was happy to find out in April that I had passed both parts, but was shocked this week to find out that I had won the silver medal.  Every one of the topics covered in the CMA exam is taught in the courses our undergraduate accounting majors take, and I intend to use my experience taking the exam to encourage my students to seek CMA certification in addition to CPA certification,” Molly says.

“Although the majority of our graduates begin their careers in public accounting, many of them will take jobs in industry within several years of graduation, and the CMA title will help them stand out in the job market,” she adds.  

Molly will be presented with the award during IMA’s 95th Annual Conference & Exposition in Minneapolis, Minn. from June 21-25, 2014.

For additional information about the CMA, visit www.imanet.org








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