Jasmijn Bol was formally invested as the inaugural PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Faculty Fellow in Accounting in a ceremony at the Freeman School on Nov. 15. The professorship was established with donations from Tulane alumni and friends at PricewaterhouseCoopers along with matching gifts from the PwC Foundation.
“It’s an honor to be associated with such a prestigious organization, and I’m appreciative of the confidence they feel in me and my research,” says Bol, associate professor of accounting. “Hopefully, my research can benefit them and provide insights that will be helpful.”
Bol joined the Freeman School in July 2012 after spending five years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, widely regarded for having one of the nation’s top accounting programs. Her research focuses on the subjective side of compensation contracting, exploring how managerial discretion influences performance assessment, contract design and promotion decisions. In August 2012, she received the American Institute of CPAs Best Early Career Researcher Award in recognition of scholarly work in the first five years of her career.
PwC Partner Casey Herman (BSM ’86), who led the fundraising effort, says the professorship strengthens what was already a close relationship between the Freeman School and PwC, which in the last three years has hired more Freeman graduates than any other company.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve been able to grow Tulane and Freeman as a great source of talent for PwC,” says Herman, who serves as PwC’s firm relationship partner with Tulane. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that the value of a Tulane education comes from the faculty, so we were happy to contribute to that effort, and after having met Jasmijn, I was even more committed. It’s just a great opportunity for the school to hire a teacher and scholar of her caliber.”
Representing PwC at the ceremony were Dana Mcilwain (BSM ’84), vice chairman and leader of PwC’s U.S. Advisory Practice, and Kathy Nieland, managing partner of the New Orleans office. The event also featured remarks from Dean Ira Solomon and Jerry Greenbaum (BBA ’62), who spoke on behalf of the Business School Council.