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Accounting Advisory Board Welcomes New Chair, Members

Penn State Smeal College of Business Accounting alumnus Pat Durbin ‘91 has been named chair of Smeal’s Accounting Advisory Board. The board meets twice each year to provide perspectives on the curriculum and other aspects of the Smeal experience that affect students’ career preparation.
August 4, 2014

Penn State Smeal College of Business Accounting alumnus Pat Durbin ‘91 has been named chair of Smeal’s Accounting Advisory Board. The board meets twice each year to provide perspectives on the curriculum and other aspects of the Smeal experience that affect students’ career preparation.

Durbin is an assurance partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers' National Quality Organization, where he leads the U.S. Standard Setting and Technical Thought Leadership team.  He is also a member of PwC’s Global Corporate Reporting Task Force, which is charged with developing the PwC global network’s point of view on international financial reporting matters. Durbin is based in New York City.

“As the accounting industry continues to change, the board keeps faculty in tune with what employers are seeking in the next generation of graduates.”

Tara Weiner ’76 is stepping down as chair after serving since 2008 but will continue as a board member. She is the managing partner Deloitte LLP for the Greater Philadelphia Region.

New members joining the board this year include Smeal Accounting alumni John Barnes ‘95, Karen Morris ’86, and Carl Weber ‘86.

Barnes is a business advisory practice leader for Grant Thornton’s Mid-Atlantic practice. He has extensive experience in audit, tax, accounting, Sarbanes-Oxley, and internal audit consulting services and has served public and private companies in a range of industries, including not-for-profit, manufacturing, software development, technology, insurance, real estate, and health care. He is also a Grant Thornton Penn State Matching Gift Leader and served on Penn State’s For the Future fundraising campaign. He is based in Baltimore.

Morris is a finance manager for PPG Industries, Inc., in Pittsburgh. She oversees credit services for five business units and manages the accounting function for North American accounts receivable. In addition, she serves as senior leader for the PPG Recruiting Committee, responsible for the Financial Leadership Development program and the summer internship program. Morris has two children attending Penn State.

Weber is a Deloitte & Touche audit partner in Chicago. He has worked in five Deloitte offices, including assignments in Osaka, Japan, and in Deloitte’s national office. His industry experience includes consumer products, private equity, manufacturing, and insurance.  Weber’s clients have included multinational companies such as The Blackstone Group, Procter & Gamble, and Omron Corporation, as well as smaller private companies. Weber has served in several Deloitte leadership roles and in a variety of community and volunteer positions.  Weber’s older daughter graduated from Smeal in 2014.  His son is a rising Penn State sophomore.

“The Accounting Advisory Board is a vital connection between the department and leading practitioners across the entire spectrum of accounting activity. The board advises the department on strategic direction and curriculum and helps the faculty connect students’ classroom experiences with their future,” said Steven Huddart, chair of the Department of Accounting at Smeal. “As the accounting industry continues to change, the board keeps faculty in tune with what employers are seeking in the next generation of graduates.”

The Accounting Advisory Board includes some of Penn State’s most successful alumni and friends and represents many of the leading accounting firms and corporations that employ Smeal graduates.

About Accounting in the Smeal College of Business
Smeal offers accounting programs to students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including a bachelor’s degree, a five-year program integrating the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and a one-year Master of Accounting program. The college also offers a Ph.D. in accounting.

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