DATE:  September 17, 2007       
CONTACT: Dr. Donald Deis 361.825.2826; or Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Panel at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to Explore Career Accounting and Financial Opportunities in Government

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Leading federal, state, and local accounting and financial executives will hold an interactive panel session on Career Opportunities in Government Monday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

The session, which is free and open to all University students, as well as to area CPAs and the public, will focus on career opportunities in government and the current impending human resource need to attract employees who can prepare themselves for leadership positions in government. The visiting executives are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, which represents CPAs in all levels of federal, state and local government, and the Government Performance and Accountability Committee which promotes greater government accountability and the integrity of government operations and information.

“By 2010, more than 70 percent of the federal workforce will be eligible for retirement and many with no one in place to take over,” said Dr. Donald Deis, the University’s Ennis & Virginia Joslin Endowed Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting. “Most state and local governments face similar problems with an aging workforce that is commonly referred to as the human capital crisis or brain drain.

“This problem is one of the high risk areas facing government,” Deis continued. “For students, this presents a great opportunity to start a career that is challenging, rewarding, and has the potential for rapid career advancement. The panelists who will be on campus are a who’s who list of experts from federal, state, and local government.”

Panelists include Jeanette Franzel, director of Financial Management and Assurance at the U.S. Government Accountability Office; AICPA Vice President John Morrow; Nebraska State Controller, Paul Carlson; Joel Grover, deputy assistant inspector at the U.S. Department of Treasury Office of Inspector General; Utah State Auditor Auston G. Johnson; Enda Knight, Deputy Director, Standards and Compliance for Operations, Defense Finance and Accounting Service; Michele Levine, director of accounting service of the New York City Office of Management and Budget; Scot Loyd, partner in charge of governmental practice with the Kansas-based firm of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk, & Loyd, LLC.; Sharon Russell, director of Research and Professional Development of the Alabama, Department of Examiners of Public Accounts; Mack Shealy, chief financial officer for the Central Savannah River Area Regional Development Center in Augusta, Ga.; and Nancy-Ann Potts, AICPA project manager on business, industry and government.