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Press Release


June 29, 2009

(Albuquerque, NM) The Anderson School of Management is pleased to announce that Professor Joni Young, Chair of the Anderson Accounting Department, has been appointed as UNM's new KPMG Professor. The designation makes Professor Young one of only 38 professors in the United States to hold this prestigious title. She succeeds Dr. James Hamill, who held the KPMG Professorship at UNM from August 2000 to June 2009.

Dr. Joni Young
Professor Young was selected for her excellence in teaching and research, and her many valuable contributions to the accounting profession and to the Anderson school. She will be recognized at the annual KPMG Professors Dinner on August 3 along with the other recipients.

Interim Dean Amy Wohlert says the appointment is an important recognition of Professor Young's contributions, as well as a testament to KPMG's on-going support of exemplary education in accounting. Dean Wohlert notes that,
"Both locally and nationally, KMPG has been a champion of the partnership between academics and professional practice. This professorship allows us to highlight that connection and promote the quality of our entire Accounting program, with Professor Young's leadership."

Professor Young's long relationship with KPMG makes this a gratifying recognition.
"This honor from KPMG is especially meaningful to me," said Young. "During my doctoral studies, the KPMG Foundation sponsored a fellowship that helped me to become a professor in first place."

The KPMG Foundation established the professorship program at nationally recognized business schools in 1974. It is funded mainly through the Matching Gift Program, where the Foundation matches donations from KPMG LLP's active and retired partners and active employees to their alma maters and other colleges or universities with strong business programs. The funds help support faculty research, attendance at academic conferences, and many other needs of faculty, business schools, and universities at large.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.