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William Holder [awarded highest honor from AICPA].

Los Angeles-based William W. Holder received the AICPA's 2006 Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, the AICPA's highest award.

"For more than three decades, Bill has demonstrated his dedication and involvement through his activities with the AICPA, CalCPA and his teaching and research," said Doyle Williams, chair of the AICPA Awards Committee.


Holder, Ernst & Young Professor at the University of Southern California and member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, has been a member of the AICPA Council and board of directors; served as chair of the Audit Committee, the AICPA Board of Examiners, and the CPA Exam's Computerization Implementation Committee; and has been a member of various committees, including Accounting Career Development, Special Committee on Financial Reporting, Nominations and Relations with the Judiciary. He also is active in the American Accounting Association.

"Receiving this award is a tremendous honor and privilege and a seminal event in my life," Holder said.

In 2001 and 2002, Holder was selected by Accounting Today as one of its 100 Most Influential People. Other awards include the AICPA's Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award and CalCPA's Robert Emmett Knox Education Achievement Award.

Holder has written numerous books, articles and case studies on accounting topics. He has conducted research for the Financial Executives International, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, League of California Cities, National Council on Governmental Accounting and the Municipal Finance Officers Association.

He also is director of USC's SEC and Financial Reporting Institute and former director of USC's Master of Accounting Program.

"I have witnessed the ascension of our profession in the worlds of commerce, government and the academy," Holder said. "As one who has participated in the accounting standard process for a number of years, I understand the difficulty of establishing differences in such standards that recognize the specific needs of information users of different entities."

Holder began his career in Oklahoma, where he received multiple degrees from the University of Oklahoma. He taught at the University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University before moving to the University of Southern California. During his early career, Holder was faculty resident at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and a faculty fellow at Price Waterhouse and then Coopers & Lybrand.
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