KPMG James Marwick Professor-In-Residence program helps prepare next generation of auditing professionals

By Elizabeth Lynch

KPMG has named Jeff Payne, PhD, the KPMG Professor in the Von Allmen School of Accountancy at the University of Kentucky, its 2019 KPMG James Marwick Professor-In-Residence.

Jeff Payne

“As an accounting professor, it’s important to expose my students to new and emerging technologies that may impact audit processes,” said Payne, who incorporates IDEA, Tableau, and other data manipulation software programs into his courses. “This lays a foundation for future learning, helping them understand that technology will continue to evolve, and that they will need to evolve along with it. They are on a continual learning paradigm.”

Established in 2017, the KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence program focuses on evolving innovation opportunities and understanding challenges in the audit profession. The professorship was named in honor of James Marwick, the “M” in KPMG, an accounting pioneer committed to the highest standards of professionalism and integrity. The program helps academics understand the technical, regulatory, and innovation challenges affecting the audit profession.

It benefits the accounting profession by helping students become future-ready before they enter the job market.

“The program is a concrete example of our firm’s culture of learning and how we are seeking innovative ways to enhance audit quality,” said Jackie Daylor, National Managing Partner - Audit Quality and Professional Practice.  “With his extensive background in auditing and support of the use of data and technology in the audit, Jeff is well-positioned to embed the innovative thinking required for auditing in the future in his students.”

To learn more about the program and other KPMG Audit learning initiatives contact Elizabeth Lynch.

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