UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


MAC alumni noted for highest CPA scores nationally


Two alumni from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School were among those announced by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as winners of the 2009 Elijah Watt Sells Awards.

The awards, which we announced in January 2011, are presented annually to candidates who have obtained the 10 highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination. The 2009 award is unique since multiple candidates received identical cumulative scores, resulting in a tie, increasing the total number of winners to 15. These candidates must have completed testing during the previous calendar year and passed each exam section on their first attempt. Over 93,000 individuals sat for the Exam in 2009.

The two winners who graduated from UNC Kenan-Flagler’s Master of Accounting (MAC) program are:

Michelle Elizabeth Burket (MAC ’09), a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Business Administration and a Masters of Accounting is currently employed with PricewaterhouseCoopers in McLean, Va. She graduated second out of a class of 119 students.

Abigail Lindsay Richards (MAC ’09), a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, and Masters of Accountancy from the University of North Carolina, is currently employed with Duke Energy in Charlotte, N.C. She graduated fourth out of a class of 119 students.

The AICPA created the award to honor Elijah Watt Sells in 1923. Sells was one of the country’s first CPAs under the provision of a New York State law enacted in 1896 and a leader in advancing professional education. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and was a founder of New York University’s School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. He died in 1924.

For more information on the exam, visit www.aicpa.org/cpa-exam.

UNC Kenan-Flagler’s MAC Program prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of accounting careers. The curriculum emphasizes preparation for the changing structure and environment where the professional accountant functions. This requires a blending of high-level accounting skills with a broad-based understanding of business practices in a global setting. Through recruitment of a diverse group of top students, retention of the best faculty, experiential and cutting edge curriculum and professionally applicable research, the MAC Program continues to be a national benchmark of excellence.