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Super CPA profile: Elizabeth Goad Oliver

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Elizabeth Goad Oliver
Washington and Lee University, Lexington

Title: Lewis Whitaker Adams professor of accounting and head of the Accounting Department, Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Mary Baldwin College; master’s in accounting, University of Virginia; doctorate in accounting, Texas A&M University
Husband: Bill Oliver
Children: William Oliver, 29; Nathaniel Oliver, 29; Edward Oliver, 24

How is the increasing demand for accountants affecting your program?
“As the economy cycles up and down, the demand for our accounting majors remains high. Last year with the help of a grant from PricewaterhouseCoopers, we incorporated International Financial Reporting Standards into the financial accounting curriculum. This year we are adding a course in sustainability accounting.  There are so many more things that accountants need to know, and our department enjoys introducing students to these new topics as well as the traditional core material.”


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