Mauldin to lead Adkerson accounting school

Shawn Mauldin

A well-known Louisiana educator is the newly named head of Mississippi State's Richard C. Adkerson School of Accountancy.

Shawn Mauldin will begin serving April 1 in the major academic unit of the university's College of Business.

At present, Mauldin is dean of Nicholls State University's College of Business Administration, where he also holds the Cenac Chair in Accounting.

In addition to current membership on the Accreditation Committee of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accounting, he is a past president of the Louisiana Society of CPAs and board member of the American Institute of CPAs.

"We are very excited to have someone as reputable as Shawn Mauldin to join the college," said Dean Sharon Oswald. "He brings a wealth of knowledge to this position and we are confident that his previous leadership experience will play an important role in further advancing the Adkerson School of Accountancy."

Mauldin is a doctoral graduate of the University of Mississippi, with bachelor's and master's degrees completed at Nicholls State. Prior to working at the Thibodaux institution, he taught at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond and the University of Mississippi. He also led an international accounting course at the Reims Management School in France.

MSU's accounting school is named for Richard C. Adkerson, a 1969 alumnus and longtime CEO of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold who is a major benefactor of the land-grant institution and its business college.

Celebrating its centennial next year, the College of Business is the oldest of its kind in Mississippi and among the oldest among institutions of the Southeastern Conference. Among the largest campus colleges, it is enrolls nearly 2,500 students.

Once the college's accounting department, the accounting school was elevated to its current administrative status in 1979. This semester, the school is enrolling nearly 440 undergraduate and 40 graduate students.

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