Donald E. Kieso has a long record of service and commitment to Northern Illinois University.
Through his leadership and dedication, NIU’s accountancy program has been ranked in the top 15 nationally for the past several years. He played a large role in building this premier program in the Department of Accountancy that produces outstanding students, alumni, employees, and business leaders.
Kieso joined the accountancy department in 1963 and was named chair in 1972. He was awarded NIU’s first-ever Excellence in Teaching Award in 1967.
He retired from NIU in 1992 as the KPMG Peat Marwick Professor of Accountancy. In 2006, he established the first individually funded professorship in the College of Business, the Kieso Professorship in Accountancy.
Donald E. Kieso, Ph.D., C.P.A., received his bachelor's degree from Aurora University and his doctorate in accounting from the University of Illinois. He has served as chairman of the Department of Accountancy and is currently the KPMG Peat Marwick Emeritus Professor of Accounting at Northern Illinois University. He has public accounting experience with Price Waterhouse & Co. (San Francisco and Chicago) and Arthur Andersen & Co. (Chicago) and research experience with the Research Division of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (New York). He has done postdoctorate work as a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and is a recipient of NIU's Teaching Excellence Award and four Golden Apple Teaching Awards. Professor Kieso is the author of other accounting and business books and is a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois CPA Society, the AACSB's Accounting Accreditation Committees, the State of Illinois Comptroller's Commission, as Secretary-Treasured of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, and as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Accounting Association. Professor Kieso served as a charter member of the national Accounting Education Change Commission. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award from the Illinois CPA Society, the FSA's Joseph A. Silvoso Award of Merit, and the NIU Foundation's Humanitarian Award for Service to Higher Education.
Kieso and his co-authors have written about 20 major textbook titles as well as casebooks, practice sets, study guides and monographs. These books have been translated into a dozen or more languages. “Intermediate Accounting,” the most successful textbook of its kind, is now in its 15th edition.
Kieso was instrumental in getting legislation approved to require continuing education for accountants in Illinois. He has served on Aurora University’s Board of Trustees, as well as the boards of two hospitals.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to an individual who has exhibited outstanding accomplishments within 10 years of earning an undergraduate degree from NIU.
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