Join BGS in welcoming our newest board members!

By McKenna Sawchak posted 08-12-2021 11:25


Join BGS in welcoming our newest board members!

In July 2021, Beta Gamma Sigma’s Board of Governors Chair Mary Gowan, announced the addition of six new board members. With the 17-member board now complete, Dean Gowan said, “These additions to the Board of Governors bring new diversity and a great deal of leadership experience to the board. Their involvement will enhance our ability to provide even more value to our student and alumni chapters.”

When selecting the new board members, Dean Gowan wanted to ensure BGS had a diverse representation from not only across the US and internationally, but also in educators and corporate professionals.

Dean Gowan continued by saying, “I think it is important that over the next year we hone in more clearly on the value proposition BGS offers to its inductees and alumni. As the business honor society, we have an obligation to engage our members in making an impact on society and we will be planning how we do that over the next year. The diverse backgrounds and roles of our board ensure that we will do so in a creative and productive manner.”

We are very excited to introduce and welcome the six newest BGS Board Members!

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Associate Professor of Accounting and BGS Chapter Advisor, University of Dallas

Dr. Robert Walsh is currently an associate professor and director of the accounting programs at the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas. A four-time graduate of the University of Notre Dame, he holds a BBA in accounting, MBA in taxation and MS and PhD in economics, as well as an active CPA license in the state of Texas.

He has nearly 30 years of experience as a professor and academic administrator at universities in Texas, Indiana, New York and Florida. He has served on a number of boards, from non-profits to academic journals.  He was president of the American Accounting Association Northeast Region in 2004-2005, and its Southwest Region in 2011-2012, and was inducted in the Northeast Region American Accounting Association Hall of Fame in 2007.

Dr. Walsh was the founding dean of the Beta Gamma Sigma chapter at Marist College in 2003 along with the founding chapter advisor at University of Dallas in 2013.  He currently serves on the BGS Chapter Advisors Council.

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Dean, American University of Sharjah

Narjess Boubakri has taught at Laval University and HEC Montreal School of Business (affiliated with the University of Montreal). She has taught undergraduate as well as graduate classes in, among other things, corporate finance, financial decision making, and mergers and acquisitions. Her research interests include privatization, corporate governance and transparency, Islamic finance, cost of capital, firm valuation and mergers and acquisitions. Her research in these areas has been widely published.

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Dean, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Nicole Thorne Jenkins became the John A. Griffin Dean of University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce in July 2020. An award-winning educator and researcher, she is an operational expert in the areas of financial reporting, organizational strategy, and valuation.

Prior to her appointment at Virginia, Dean Jenkins was the Vice Dean of the College of Business at the University of Kentucky. She is a CPA who began her career in the audit department at PwC. Currently, Dean Jenkins serves on the board of Strada Education Network and is a sought-after speaker, business consultant, and expert witness in matters related to financial reporting, valuation, and estimation of damages.

Dean Jenkins holds a PhD from the University of Iowa, a Certificate in Leadership from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Drexel University.

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Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Ken is a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry’s Organization Strategy practice and based in the Washington, DC Office.  He advises clients through enterprise, functional, and initiative organization strategy.

Ken delivers value to clients as a transformation advisor to Board-level and C-Suite-level leaders.  With nearly 30 years of strategic experience, Ken’s specific expertise includes aligning strategic goals, organizational capabilities, and leadership prowess.

Ken has deep experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  He has advised several organizations on strategic and operational improvements required to advance corporate equality. Ken works extensively with clients in financial services.  He also has consumer & industrial products, and private equity advisory experience.

Ken serves on multiple not-for-profit Boards.  He has a BS in Accounting from the Willie A. Deese College of Business & Economics at North Carolina A&T State University, and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

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President, KPMG Foundation & The PhD Project

Blane’s current role includes serving as the President of the KPMG U.S. Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) where he oversees the strategy and operations for the Foundation which includes the Matching Gift Program, Disaster Relief Fund, KPMG Family for Literacy Fund, the Foundation, and the Women’s PGA/Future Leaders program. He also serves as the President of The PhD Project where he oversees the strategy and operations of The PhD Project which is a program designed to create more diverse business leaders by supporting diverse professionals to get their PhD in business and become role models in the classroom, academic administration, and academic leadership positions.

In his previous role as Executive Director of Campus Recruiting and University Relations, he served on the Professional Partner advisory group for Beta Alpha Psi after completing his three year presidency term, served on the Board of Directors of the Education Foundation for Women in Accounting, and served on the AICPA Pre-certification Executive Education Committee (PcEEC), the Accounting Program Leadership Group (APLG) Board of Directors, and the Board of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy (FSA). He lives in Charleston, South Carolina and works out of the Montvale, New Jersey National Office.

Blane attended Rutgers College in New Jersey and graduated with a BS degree in Economics in 1980. He subsequently attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa where he received a master’s degree in Accounting in 1982.

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Dean, Howard University School of Business

Dr. Anthony Wilbon is the Dean of the Howard University School of Business. His expertise is in strategic technology management in small to medium sized enterprises. He is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

A respected academician, Dr. Wilbon completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University, a Master of Business Administration degree at Howard University School of Business, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree at George Washington University in Management of Science, Technology and Innovation. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators Award (France).

Prior to joining Howard University, Dr. Wilbon was a faculty member at Morgan State University’s Graves School of Business and Management. He also previously served in positions in several organizations including the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc., American Management Systems, Inc, and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.