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Professor Mark Taylor, PhD, CPA, named Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing

Posted 5.6.2013

Professor Mark Taylor, PhD, CPA, named Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing

Mark TaylorCase Western Reserve University is proud to appoint Professor Mark H. Taylor, PhD, CPA, to a five-year term as the Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing.

This endowed chair is named after Andrew Braden (1916-2003) who taught accountancy at CWRU for more than 40 years. During his lifetime, “Andy” Braden obtained a BA in education from Kent State and an MBA from Western Reserve University, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and later worked at Ernst & Ernst (now Ernst & Young). Braden joined the faculty at Western Reserve in 1946 and served over the course of his career as director of the BS in Accounting and of the MBA program, and as assistant dean. Following his own motto, “Busy people are happy people,” Braden maintained a dynamic professional life as a CPA, consultant, speaker and expert trainer. Braden also contributed his practical and academic expertise to the body of accountancy knowledge in his publications including, notably, several articles on techniques for teaching accounting and co-authorship (with Robert G. Allyn) of the widely used textbook Accounting Principles (1963).

Since 2009, Taylor has been an esteemed and beloved professor of accountancy at the Weatherhead School of Management where he received the Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011. His scholarship, too, has garnered accolades; most recently, Taylor’s work on corporate governance and auditing has been recognized by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) in Washington, D.C. The CAQ awarded research funding to Taylor and Assistant Professor of Accountancy Yi-Jing Wu, PhD, CPA, along with a colleague at Brigham Young University, for their project entitled “Learning More about Auditing Estimates Including Fair Value Measurements.” Among his many other accomplishments is Taylor’s recent appointment as vice president of academics for the auditing section of the American Accounting Association (AAA), the premier organization for accounting professionals and scholars.

The Weatherhead community congratulates Mark Taylor, PhD, CPA, Andrew D. Braden Professor of Accounting and Auditing!

History of the Endowment
Building the endowment to support the Braden Professorship has been an honor for those involved. Edward Hemmelgarn, MBA ’80, WRC ’76, and his wife Janice Hammond, PhD, GRS ’98, WRC ’75, issued a generous $325,000 challenge grant to remember and honor Braden. It also raised awareness and support for the endowed chair, the first for accountancy department, inspiring contributions from hundreds of Weatherhead alumni and friends of Braden. Gary Previts, PhD, CPA, Distinguished University Professor, E. Mandell de Windt Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, and Chair and Professor of Accountancy; and Philip J. (Chip) Bell, WRC ’87, of Accenture, continue to lead fundraising efforts to build the endowment to $1.5 million to fully support the professorship.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and companies, the $1 million milestone was reached in December 2012. You can make a gift by accessing our support website or contact Laura Desmond, associate dean of external affairs, at 216.368.2787.

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