Monday, September 9, 2013

SBU alum named MSCPA Student of the Year

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU alum named MSCPA Student of the Year

BOLIVAR, Mo.Caleb Harris has been named the 2012-2013 Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA) Student of the Year. Harris graduated from Southwest Baptist University in 2013 with a B.S. in Accounting and Economics/Finance. Harris was the October 2012 MSCPA Student of the Month, a four-time MSCPA scholarship recipient and a Don Breimeier award recipient.

While at SBU, Harris excelled in the classroom and was a highly respected student leader. Harris was a member of the SBU Enactus (formerly SIFE) team and helped with the team’s fundraising efforts. He was also greatly involved with the Student Association, serving as freshman class president, senator, student body vice president and vice president of organization empowerment. Additionally, Harris was the president of Delta Mu Delta (business honor society) and treasurer of Phi Eta Sigma (academic honor society). Harris was an active member of the Accounting Club, Institute for Management Accountants, SBU Honors Program, and University Ambassadors and was a campus tour guide.

Harris made a significant impact at SBU. “Caleb has been an exceptional leader at SBU,” said Wayne Clark, CPA, SBU’s accounting department chair. “He has always looked for new ways to expand his knowledge of the accounting and business world. Caleb is interested in finding ways to do things smarter and better, which will be a valuable asset to his future clients.”

Since graduation, Harris has begun work as a staff auditor for BKD, LLP in Springfield, Mo. BKD, LLP is the 12th-largest CPA firm in the U.S. He has also completed the CPA examination with one of the highest scores in the nation, with an average score of 96.25 on the four-part exam.

For more information about SBU’s accounting program, please contact Wayne Clark at (417) 328-1951.

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