Institute of Management Accountants – Columbia, SC Chapter Contact: Dave Lewis, President Phone: (803) 917-9532 Email: Website:

Local IMA Chapter Recognizes Distinguished USC Faculty, Awards Scholarships

COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 8, 2015) — The Columbia, South Carolina, chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) recently recognized eight distinguished University of South Carolina (USC) accounting and finance professors and awarded four academic scholarships to University of South Carolina students.

During the awards ceremony on February 18 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia IMA Chapter President Dave Lewis recognized eight USC faculty members, including: Dr. Caroline Strobel, Rebecca Kerr, Jimmy Burkett, Dr. Robert “Al” Leitch, Stanley Freeman, JD, Dr. Timothy Doupnik, Dr. Richard White and Dr. James Edwards. Presented with certificates of appreciation for their commitment to and excellence in accounting and finance education, recipients expressed gratitude for the acknowledgement.

Jimmy Burkett Dr. James Edwards Stanley Freeman, JD Rebecca Kerr

Dr. Robert “Al” Leitch Dr. Caroline Strobel Dr. Richard White Dr. Timothy Doupnik

“Most of the professors we honored have recently retired, or plan to retire in the near future. Some of these folks have been teaching for more than 30 years,” said Lewis. “The dedication that they have for their students and the accounting field in general is unsurpassed.”

IMA Columbia, SC Chapter Awards Night; February 18, 2015 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

More than 115 attendees witnessed the ceremony while enjoying a catered dinner. In addition to recognizing several USC faculty members, the Chapter awarded four academic scholarships, presented by USC professor Stan Smith. Recipients included Carson Davis, Sarah Jane Dietz, Emily Kuchar and Jeffrey Phillips.

Carson Davis Sarah Jane Dietz Emily Kuchar Jeffrey Phillips

Scholarships were evaluated and awarded on several factors, including major, grade point average, extra circular activities, academic honors and desired career objectives. The competitive scholarship program serves to encourage, as well as award, students who devote their college career to understanding and exploring accounting principles.

“I am so thankful for this scholarship and the many other opportunities that IMA has granted me,” said Sarah Jane Dietz, scholarship recipient. “My involvement with this organization has had a great influence on my experience as an accounting student. I will always appreciate the impact it has had on me.”

About IMA (Institute of Management Accountants) IMA, the association of accountants and financial professionals in business, is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) program, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. IMA has a global network of more than 75,000 members in 140 countries and 300 professional and student chapters. For more information about the Columbia, SC chapter, visit