Three Smeal accounting alumni recognized for outstanding CPA exam performance

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State Smeal College of Business alumni Cody Domasky, Nick Hertel and Stefan Richter have earned 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Awards from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), recognizing outstanding performance on the Certified Public Accountant exam.

Domasky, Hertel and Richter are all 2013 graduates of Smeal’s Master of Accounting Program. Domasky is currently completing a year-long fellowship at the Government Accounting Standards Board in Norwalk, Conn. Hertel works in audit for Grant Thornton in Philadelphia, and Richter works for EY in McLean, Va.

“The success of these alumni is really a testament to the outstanding preparation our Master of Accounting Program students receive here at Smeal, but also indicative of the hard working, dedicated people we have in all of our programs,” said Charles H. Whiteman, John and Becky Surma Dean of Smeal.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award goes to people who earned an average score of 95.5 or better out of 100 on the four-part CPA exam. Of the more than 95,000 people who took the exam in 2013, only 55 earned this award.

The Elijah Watt Sells Award was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA examination. Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role helping to advance professional education in the profession.

About the Smeal Master of Accounting Program
The Smeal College of Business provides two avenues toward a Master of Accounting degree. Graduates of the five-year Integrated MAcc Program earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in accounting. The One-Year Master of Accounting Program is a three-semester program for college graduates. Both programs provide the necessary educational qualifications to take the CPA exam.

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Last Updated April 15, 2014