The Outstanding Accounting Educator Award of the Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) is a prestigious annual award which recognizes individuals who have exhibited leadership in professional and civic organizations as well as writing, speaking and curriculum development and research. For the calendar year 2010, the winner was Dr. Gregory S. Kordecki, associate professor and coordinator of accounting, business law and taxation for the School of Business at Clayton State University.
The award was presented to Kordecki on behalf of the 3,000-member GSCPA by fellow Clayton State Associate Professor of Accounting Dr. Maria L. Bullen on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Georgia Association of Accounting Educators Annual Meeting Banquet in Dahlonega.
The GSCPAs’ Outstanding Educator Award is a big, prestigious award, received annually by one of more than 400 Georgia accounting instructors. It traditionally involves recognition three separate times at different venues, notes Bullen, who also nominated and recommended Kordecki for the award more than year ago. Kordecki was first honored for the award last fall by the Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, at the Annual Meeting/Banquet of the Board of Directors and Educational Foundation of the Georgia Society of CPAs.
The recognition Feb. 4 among his colleagues at the Georgia Association of Accounting Educators marks the second recognition ceremony. Kordecki will be recognized a third time at the Clayton State University School of Business’ Honors Day and Beta Gamma Sigma initiation on Apr. 1, 2011. Dr. Kel-Ann Eyler, associate professor of accounting at Wesleyan College, and chairman of the GSCPAs Outstanding Educator Committee, will visit the Clayton State campus to honor Kordecki on that occasion.
The 2010 Outstanding Award plaque now resides in the School of Business lobby. In addition the School of Business received a monetary award for the Accounting Development Fund.
“As did the other supporters from their interactions with Professor Kordecki, I know first hand from many personal interactions and observations that Professor Kordecki is extremely well deserving of this prestigious award,” says Bullen. “I know personally that he is an individual of the utmost integrity who does his best to instill the highest sense of integrity and ethics in his students, as well as the best accounting knowledge.
“In a number of ways Professor Kordecki has worked tirelessly to motivate students to excel in their academic and professional careers. He has actively participated in and played leadership roles in professional organizations such as the Georgia Society of CPAs. Over and over I see that he gives far more than 100 percent to his accounting profession, his university and to students — not just his but all that he can reach.”
Kordecki received his Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in 1970, a Master of Professional Accountancy in 1976 from Georgia State University, and his Master of Decision Sciences from Georgia State University in 1981. He received his Georgia CPA certification in 1988. His profession in academia began in 1976 at Clayton State University. His career to date includes 34 years at Clayton State University, including two years on leave to work in public accounting. He also worked six years in industry prior to joining Clayton State University. Kordecki has also received numerous academic awards from Clayton State University, including Teaching Professor of the Year in 2001, Outstanding Service Professor in 2006, Faculty Fellowship in Accounting in 2007, and, most importantly, tenure.
“For many years, Professor Kordecki has worked to develop the best accounting curriculum for his students at Clayton State University,” adds Bullen. “Through his continued work in the CPA profession, he is able to remain knowledgeable of current developments. His ongoing awareness and involvement in the accounting profession and innovative classroom techniques are intended to motivate accounting students to a high level of excellence and professional performance.
“He encourages students to become CPAs and take the CPA exam, and makes a point of communicating the relevant information to students on the CPA exam and license requirements. As a result of his work to foster an awareness of the opportunities in accounting, students have received internships, CPA mentors, scholarships and careers.”
Outside of the classroom, Kordecki has actively participated in and taken leadership roles with professional organizations including the Georgia Society of CPAs. He is currently the vice chair of the Assurance Services section and participates in the Society’s Leadership Council. He was one of the team members that presented the Society’s first webcast, and has contributed more than 30 years of service and leadership on the task force for Annual Accounting and Auditing Conference, including as former chair. His affiliations with other professional organizations include The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Association of Accounting Educators, often presenting at various meetings.
Professor Kordecki has published numerous refereed journal articles and proceedings, and presented at both academic and professional conferences. Over and above these tasks, he also regularly writes in trade journals that are targeted towards practitioners. He maintains an active consulting practice that continues to keep him current in industry practices. As Associate Professor of Accounting and Coordinator of the Business School’s Discipline of Accounting, Business Law, and Taxation, he proactively assists the administrative leadership of Clayton State University
“He inspires his students to work hard and dream big,” adds Bullen. “The entire Clayton State community is certainly very proud of Professor Greg Kordecki.”