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School of Accounting Recruits New Director

Dr. Paul A. Copley has been appointed Director of the James Madison School of Accounting beginning July 1, 2004. Dr. Copley comes to James Madison from the University of Georgia's J.M. Tull School of Accounting where he is currently Associate Professor of Accounting and where he served as Interim Director ('98 '00). He joined the Tull School faculty in 1987. He holds both Masters and Doctoral degrees in accounting from the University Alabama and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary. He is a Virginia Certified Public Accountant with public accounting experience in auditing.

During his tenure at the University of Georgia, Dr. Copley has had an illustrious career. He has won numerous awards and honors including recognitions for outstanding teaching and research. He has been selected as both a Faculty Fellow and Research Fellow by the KPMG National Foundation and has received a variety of research grants. He has authored two textbooks on governmental and not-for-profit accounting and has penned nearly three dozen major publications and presentations. While at Georgia he has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate financial accounting courses including those in government and not-for-profit.

Dr. Copley's service to Georgia's Tull School and the accounting profession has been distinguished. In addition to serving as Director of the School he has also served as chairperson of many of the School's major committees and as Coordinator of the Masters in Accounting Program. His contributions to the American Accounting Association have brought him increasing responsibility and recognition. Following valuable contributions to several standing and ad hoc committees, he served as Chairman of the Association's Government Accounting Standards Committee as well as Chairman of its Finance Committee. From 1998 to 2000 he served as the Association's Vice President of Finance. He also has been an editor and reviewer for well known professional periodicals.

Paul will be joined by his spouse, Nancy, and their two children, William and Anna, as he returns to the Shenandoah Valley. He is a native of nearby Waynesboro, Virginia.