A&M-Corpus Christi Accounting Professor Receives International Award for Mentorship

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Anita Reed, associate professor and department chair of accounting, finance and business law at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was named the 2018 recipient of the Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) Mentoring Award from the American Accounting Association Section of Gender Issues & Work-Life Balance.

This is an internationally recognized award given annually to an individual who has, for at least 10 years, demonstrated remarkable mentorship to both men and women in the accounting profession. Reed will formally receive the award at the annual American Accounting Association meeting on Aug. 7, in Washington, D.C.

“I am truly humbled by the award,” Reed said. “It is gratifying to be recognized for doing the work I love. Our accounting faculty motto is ‘We Turn Islander Dreams into Reality’ and I do my best each day to support our students in achieving their dreams and goals.”

Reed, who has been with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi since 2007, is a highly competent and widely recognized accounting scholar, exemplary teacher, mentor and researcher. She has served as advisor to the Executives Club and the International Student Organization. Through working with the Island University’s Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center (CBBIC), Reed provides students with hands-on practical experience developing financial models for aspiring business owners.

“The accounting Capstone projects with CBBIC clients are definitely a win-win; students receive real-world experience and clients receive a plan they can utilize as their business grows,” said Reed. “Students also are able to discuss the projects during a job interview to demonstrate their understanding of business processes and client needs.”  

Another way Reed helps students gain valuable tax experience and serve the local community is by helping coordinate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. VITA is an IRS program which offers free tax filing assistance to qualifying individuals including low-to-moderate income individuals, those who are disabled and non-native English speakers.

“Dr. Reed is an outstanding mentor who has prepared undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in accounting,” said Dr. John Gamble, dean of the College of Business.