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USC Leventhal School of Accounting3660 Trousdale Parkway ACC 101Los Angeles, CA 90089-0441USC ELAINE AND KENNETH LEVENTHAL SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTINGPhone: (213) 740-4838Fax: (213) 747-2815Email: LeventhalDeansOffice@marshall.usc.eduLifetime AchievementThe White KnightPROFESSOR EMERITA INDUCTED INTOAAA ACCOUNTING HALL OF FAMEAfter EY and FASB, Dennis “Denny” Beresford ’61helped fix WorldCom and Fannie Mae — andbecame a teacherFor Accounting Circle Professor Emeritaof Accounting Zoe-Vonna Palmrose, thehonors keep coming.Before she retired from USC Leventhalin 2011, she had amassed a long list ofthem, including two American AccountingAssociation (AAA)/Deloitte WildmanMedals and the U.S. Securities andExchange Commission (SEC) Law andPolicy Award presented to the SarbanesOxley 404 Team.In August 2019, Palmrose will be inducted into the AAAAccounting Hall of Fame. This is an honor not given lightly. Sincethe establishment of the Hall of Fame in 1950, only 97 leadingaccountants have been elected.CALENDARAugust26 First day of classesSeptember12191827Big 4 PanelMid-Tier Firms Career FairRisk Management Meet the ProfessionalsMeet the FirmsOctober38PACT receptionRisk Management Alpha Delta Pi event“I was completely surprised by it and humbled really,” Palmrosesaid. “It’s just such a tremendous honor. I’m still adjusting to it.”November1192124Board of Advisors meetingRisk Management SymposiumMAcc/MBT ThanksgivingLeventhal Holiday DinnerDecember6MAcc/MBT Holiday PartySPRING/SUMMER 2019Induction into the Hall of Fame is akin to a lifetime achievementaward. According to the AAA, “selection to the Accounting Hallof Fame is intended to honor and recognize distinguished serviceand contributions to the progress of accounting” through researchand literature, service to professional accounting organizations,recognition as an authority, advancement of accountingeducation, and public service. Furthermore, “a member must havereached a position of eminence from which the nature of his or hercontributions may be established.”“I very much appreciate having my work recognized,” Palmrosesaid, “and it’s especially meaningful to me that it involves both myresearch and my public service activities.”A Distinguished CareerAmong the honors Palmrose has received throughout her careerare: the AAA Competitive Manuscript Award, the California Societyof CPAs Accounting Faculty Fellow Award and the AAA AuditingSection’s 2003 Distinguished Service Award. Palmrose also heldthe titles of Price Waterhouse Faculty Fellow, Price WaterhouseAuditing Professor and PricewaterhouseCoopers AuditingProfessor.LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, CONTINUED ON PAGE 14When I told Dennis “Denny” Beresford ’61 that he could be called asuperhero accountant, he laughed.But seriously, he did swoop in to help repair major corporations’accounting — more than once.In 2002, Beresford was brought inas board director and chair of theaudit committee to fix the WorldComdebacle — the world’s largestfinancial reporting fraud.“After we resolved the accountingissues at WorldCom, we were ableto emerge from bankruptcy, and wereorganized the company so we werea regular reporting company goingforward,” Beresford said. “Almostimmediately after, we receivedtakeover offers from Verizon andQuest Communications, and abidding war went on for a number ofmonths. That was kind of exciting.”WorldCom was finally sold to Verizon in January 2006, and ahectic year and a half with few days off came to a close. Shortlythereafter, he was contacted by Fannie Mae.“They were just about to admit to major financial reportingproblems they had with the SEC and another governmentregulator, and they wanted to add me to the board and name meto chair the audit committee to come in again and be the whiteknight and help clean things up,” he said. In May 2006, he startedas board director and chair of the audit committee at Fannie Mae.That company’s accounting was quickly cleaned up, before itbecame a victim of the Great Recession.A Long List of HonorsAnd that’s not to mention his role as a standards setter, mostnotably as chairman for 10 years of the Financial AccountingStandards Board (FASB) from 1987 to 1997, during which timeTHE WHITE KNIGHT, CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

A Word From the DeanUSC Leventhal Welcomes New Professor:Francisco J. RománTo the USC Leventhal Community It wasn’t a typical sunny day in Los Angeles on May 10, but therain held off as 150 Leventhal undergraduates and 200 Leventhalgraduate students received their diplomas.USC’s 136th Commencement was a historic one for us. Inaddition to undergrads, MAccs and MBTs, we graduated our firstMAcc with Data and Analytics cohort.And we were privileged towelcome Kelly Grier, EY’sU.S. chairman and managingpartner and Americasmanaging partner, as ourCommencement speaker.One of Fortune’s MostPowerful Women in 2018,Kelly is a thought leaderwho is leading the chargeon diversity and inclusionat EY. In her speech, shetalked about the values shesaid are essential to theaccounting profession andcultivated here at Leventhal:respect and integrity. We are thankful for the insights and adviceshe shared with our graduates as she welcomed 59 of them (and51 more Trojans from other USC schools) to the EY family.We also celebrate two Trojans who will receive prestigiousachievement awards this summer: alumnus Denny Beresford ’61and Professor Emerita Zoe-Vonna Palmrose. We are delightedto share their stories with you. Denny has been inducted intothe Directorship Hall of Fame by the National Association ofCorporate Directors (NACD). That organization noted his serviceon the boards of Fannie Mae, Kimberly Clark, Legg-Mason andWorldCom. An exceptionally loyal Trojan, Denny plays a vital rolein the Leventhal School’s SEC and Financial Reporting Instituteto this day. He spent much of his career at EY and also served10 years as the chairman of the Financial Accounting StandardsBoard.2Zoe-Vonna will be inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fameby the American Accounting Association, American Institute ofCPAs and The Ohio State University at the AAA annual meetinglater this summer. She served as an exceptionally research activeLeventhal School faculty member and was selected to serve asthe deputy chief accountant for professional practice at the SECand also served on the PCAOB’s Panel on Audit Effectiveness.Two of our current faculty members are receiving top honorsfrom the American Accounting Association this summer. PatriciaDechow is the recipient of the 2019 Seminal Contributions toAccounting Literature Award. This is an impressive accoladewhich comes as no surprise to us, as Patricia is widely recognizedas one of the leading accounting researchers in the nation. CliveLennox will receive the 2019 Accounting Horizons Best PaperAward for his review of the archival literature on audit partners.We congratulate Clive for this recognition of his outstandingscholarship.Two seems to be a magic number, as we also introduce twonew faculty members to the Leventhal family: Francisco J.Román and Matt Shaffer. They bring a wealth of knowledge andexperience, and we look forward to their contributions.In addition to meeting our student Commencement speakers inthis issue, we also introduce an undergraduate who launched astartup before he walked at Commencement, and another whovisited the White House.I hope you enjoy a little leisure time this summer and findinspiration and enjoyment in these stories that celebrate ourLeventhal family.Fight on!Best Regards,William W. HolderDean, USC Leventhal School of AccountingAlan Casden Dean’s ChairFrancisco J. Román joins Leventhal from George Mason University,where he was associate professor of accounting for six years.Román earned associate degrees in marketing and managementfrom Pima Community College and went on to earn a bachelor’sand master’s of economics and another master’s in accounting atthe University of Arizona. He worked as an instructor and researchassistant at the University of Arizona while earning his Ph.D., andthen took a position as assistant professor of management at RiceUniversity’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management. Afterthat, he spent five years as an assistant professor of accounting atTexas Tech University’s Rawls College of Business. His professionalexperience includes work at General Instruments, LouisEnterprises Inc. and Becton DickinsonCorp.With publications in the Journal ofFinancial Economics, the Journalof Management AccountingResearch and Accounting, Organizationsand Society, Román focuses his researchon the effects of monetary incentives onindividual and team performance; costingand systems of control; the implicationsof corporate governance reforms onfinancial reporting and tax avoidance atemerging capital markets; the impact ofsocial norms on job performance; andthe effects of offshoring on labor and production costs. In 2011, hereceived the Best Paper Award from the Journal of ManagementAccounting Research.Román says he is looking forward to the next chapter in hiscareer: “I would like to thank the whole Leventhal School facultyfor welcoming and inviting me to become part of this talentedacademic community.”Deep Questionson CorporateGovernance &ValuationMatthew Shaffer brings a passion for teaching andresearch to his new role as assistant professorThere probably aren’t too many academics versed in bothphilosophy and accounting, but Matthew Shaffer is one of them.Drawn to tackling complex issues “all the way down to thebottom,” he studied economics and intellectual history as anundergrad at Yale University. His thesis sounds pretty esoteric —19th-century Germany philosophy of language — but he found aconnection between philosophical inquiry and business analysis.What he discovered after graduation was that: “The questionsthat most excited and interested me were clustered around thecore issues of accounting.” Now, having completed a doctorate inbusiness administration at Harvard Business School, he starts asassistant professor at USC Leventhal this summer.Shaffer’s primary research interests are corporate governance,valuation, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a co-author of aforthcoming paper in the Journal of Financial Economics thatstudies the role and efficacy of stock indexes as instruments ofcorporate governance. His dissertation studies the controversialquestion of the relevance of the third-partyvaluations and “fairness opinions” thatU.S. targets are required to receive beforeaccepting a takeover offer. He is the authorof numerous Harvard Business School casestudies and has taught financial statementsanalysis.What are your goals or priorities for your first year here?I want to be fully immersed in all important aspects of theundergraduate accounting program and the MBA program too.This means getting to know our students, engaging with theclinical faculty and attending important functions within LeventhalWhat attracted you to USC Leventhal?This one’s easy: the faculty and students.Even before I visited USC, I could see theimpressive breadth, depth and quality ofresearch the faculty were producing. WhenI visited, I saw how constructively andcreatively they engaged with research andideas. I realized that, at Leventhal, I would have colleagues whowould help me identify important unanswered questions, andthen bring their expertise to every aspect of answering them. Ialso was impressed by the accounting doctoral students, whom Iwould be lucky to work with. And while I didn’t get to interact withthe undergraduate and master’s students, I heard universally goodthings about the faculty’s experience teaching them.ROMAN, CONTINUED ON PAGE 15SHAFFER, CONTINUED ON PAGE 4What attracted you to USC Leventhal?My main consideration in joining USC and the Leventhal Schoolof Accounting is the strong academic reputation it maintainsworldwide on research and teaching excellence. In particular, theLeventhal School is known within the U.S. and globally as one ofthe premier accounting schools in the forefront of research andteaching. I wanted to be part of this great community of renownedscholars and talented students.3

LEVENTHALby the Numbers59210%7SHAFFER, CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3# of Leventhal grads joining the EY family(plus 51 more Trojans from other USC schools)(SEE DEAN’S NOTE, PAGE 2)# of new faculty members joining the Leventhal family(SEE STORIES ON FRANCISCO ROMÁN AND MATTHEW SHAFFER, PAGE 3)increase in accounting jobs expected by 2026(SEE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS ON PAGE 9)# of years Greeks Meet the Firms has been held(SEE STORY ON PAGE 7)2# of American Accounting Association Hall of Famemembers profiled in this issue(SEE COVER STORIES ON DENNIS BERESFORD ’61 AND ZOE-VONNA PALMROSE)4What is your approach to teaching?I love teaching because it’s such an instructive challenge. Thething I try to focus on is inhabiting the minds of my students:Remembering what it is like to see this material for the first time,imagining what they are thinking, anticipating what terminologymight confuse them or what appealing — but misleading —paths might tempt them, and drawing out their own reasoningand creativity. It takes a lot of energy, but I find it incrediblysatisfying and instructive. It’s a cliché, but I always learn so muchfrom teaching, both because it forces me to reconstruct my ownunderstanding of the subject from scratch and because studentsalways give me a fresh perspective on things I had started to takefor granted.You studied economics and humanities at Yale. Whatinterested you in pursuing a Ph.D. in accounting at HarvardBusiness School?So, I have a mundane answer to this question, and a slightly moreunusual answer.The mundane answer is that I’ve always had an academicinclination — I have lots of questions about the world, and Iwant to answer them fully, exhaustively, all the way down to thebottom. So, after majoring in economics (my college didn’t offer abusiness or accounting major), it was natural for me to considera business-school Ph.D. When I was working before grad school,deciding on my career path, I found that the questions thatmost excited and interested me were clustered around the coreissues of accounting — questions of accountability, performancemeasurement, the allocation of control, misconduct, the flow ofinformation, financial valuation, the whole process of representingand summarizing a firm’s complex operations, etc. I took a nightclass in accounting and started perusing academic accountingpapers, and I loved them. So at that point, it was a no-brainer.Here’s the more unusual answer: In college, I did my second majorin the humanities, which puts me in the minority among businessschool academics! My concentration was intellectual history, and Iwrote my thesis on 19th-century Germany philosophy of language.The philosophers I studied challenged a Cartesian view in whichthe human mind, and its rational expressions in language, is like amirror that reflects the world. Instead, they argued that the worldin its “raw” form is far too complex for our minds to take in; so ourminds and language compress and translate the world in a waythat is useful for coordinating human action, but doesn’t reflectreality like a mirror. And that is, in my view, the exciting problemof accounting. A corporation is an almost limitlessly complexentity. And yet, people need to make informed decisions andwrite contracts with respect to those corporations. So how do you“translate” and summarize a corporation in a way that people canuse, and what are the effects of that process? Well, you could domany Ph.D.s on that basic question.Can you summarize the major findings of yourdissertation?In U.S. M&A deals, the directors of the target are effectivelyrequired to seek and consider “fairness opinions” — third-partyattestations that the terms of the transaction are fair from afinancial point of view — and supporting valuations before theycan vote in favor of the deal. But there is, to put it mildly, lots ofcontroversy and criticism around this process. First, concretely,there appear to be conflicts of interest and biased incentives — itis alleged that the fairness opinion providers have incentives to“rubber stamp” the deal instead of giving a truly independentvaluation “audit.” Second, more broadly, it is not clear whatvalue these valuations — ultimately, the output of spreadsheetmodels, based on unverifiable forecasts — can provide when thetarget has a market-based signal about its value. Put differently,for a public target, why not just look at the market premium todetermine if it’s a good deal or bad deal for shareholders?My paper has two major novel findings: First, I find that fairnessvaluations do appear to provide some relevant information aboutthe value of the target that is not contained in its pre-deal stock(specifically, information about relative fundamental mispricingand transaction-level synergies). This arguably opens the door forfundamental valuation as a check on the transaction price, evenwhen the target is public. Second, I use a methodologically novelapproach to identify the bias and catering in the process — Ifind that providers toggle the discount-rate assumptions of theirvaluation models ex post in order to rationalize negotiated dealterms, rather than providing a truly independent valuation check.I think these findings have some important implications forregulators, for boards and, more broadly, for our understanding ofthe value and role of financial analysis and expertise in corporatecontrol transactions.Interests outside of accounting?Bikes and bikes. I like all kinds of riding — up and down mountainroads, on trails and weaving through the city. I love the freedom,the mobility and the wind in my face. I try to do as much transitas possible on my bike. It’s amazing how small and familiar a citybecomes when you learn how to navigate it on such a simple,perfect machine.After all those years on the East Coast, L.A. will be a bigchange. What are you most looking forward to?I’ve spent my whole life so far on the East Coast. For many yearsnow, I’ve kept feeling like California was the new center of theuniverse, and I was far away from it. As I start my career, I’mexcited to simply be present where so much is happening andwhere I’ll be surrounded by so many creative and ambitiouspeople.Alumni AwardRecipientsThree alumni were honored at the USCLeventhal Annual Dinner hosted by DeanWilliam W. Holder on April 16, 2019, atTown & Gown.The USC Leventhal School of AccountingBeta Alpha Psi (Iota Chapter) OutstandingAlumnus AwardRobert Moore Dodson ’86Chairman of the Board and CEO, Ricardo ofBeverly Hills, Inc.Director, Rath FoundationThe USC Leventhal School of AccountingDistinguished Alumnus AwardShawn Hagel ’88Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer,Precision Castparts CorporationThe USC Leventhal School of AccountingDistinguished Leadership and Service AwardKirk A. Thorell ’96Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLPThe only challenge will be learning to fit in in L.A. as a lifelong EastCoaster. Will I need to ditch my tweed jackets and adopt a morelaid-back air? Hopefully my USC colleagues and students will helpguide me to transition to a California-cool aesthetic! n5

Invitationto theWhite HouseFounder of USC’s Young Americans forFreedom (YAF) chapter attends executiveorder signingOn March 21, President Trump signed an executiveorder protecting freedom of speech on collegecampuses. More than 100 student activists joinedhim in the East Room of the White House —USC Marshall and Leventhal undergrad MaxwellBrandon ’20 was among them.“I think that, regardless of who holds the office, an invitationfrom the White House is a true honor,” Brandon said. “Beingin the room, only a few feet away from President Trump, as hesigned the executive order was an incredible experience, one Iwill not soon forget.”About a week prior to the signing, the White House had sent arequest to Young America’s Foundation, a conservative youthorganization, asking for a list of students who have contributedto the promotion of free speech on campuses across the nation.Brandon made the list.As a sophomore, he had founded a Young Americans forFreedom (YAF) chapter (an affiliate of Young America’sFoundation) at USC. In October, it was named Chapter of theMonth — out of 400 YAF chapters.“I was selected by the Foundation because they felt the USCYAF chapter, although young (not even 2 years old) has alreadymade its presence felt here on campus,” said Brandon. “Since Iam Chairman, I seem to get most of the credit. But our Chapterhas very dedicated members who make everything possible. Idon’t view the invitation as an invitation for Maxwell Brandon,but an invitation for the entire Chapter and USC community.”Brandon felt a swell of pride as he stood near the president:“Pride in knowing that what YAF is doing here at USC,and around the country, is making a difference worthy ofrecognition.” nGreeks Meetthe FirmsAlpha Delta Pi networking event bringsBig Four to Greek RowThe seventh annual Greeks Meet the Firms networking event washeld on Feb. 5 at the Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) sorority house. The eventconnects university students from Greek-life organizations withprofessionals from the Big Four accounting firms. With recruiters fromDeloitte, KPMG, PwC and EY, the networking was robust and targeted.The Big Four campus recruiters included Kelsey Page (Deloitte), Lauren Marker’11 (KPMG), Angie Nastasi (PwC) and Greg Share (EY), in addition to other firmprofessionals, which included many alumni from Panhellenic and InterfraternityCouncil organizations, as well as student ambassadors.The intimate, informal setting provided for more personal time with the recruitersand firm professionals. ADPi Scholarship Chair Emerson Taylor, ADPi PresidentDanielle Kaiser, house mom La Wanna Dunn and parent Carol Taylor internallyorganized the house for the event and provided food and refreshments for all.“I think it’s a great opportunity to meet recruiters,” said accounting student QuinnCunniff ’21. “There are fewer people here than at other recruiting events, so it’s alot more intimate. And because it’s our group, they already know a little bit aboutour background so we can cut right to the chase.”Students submitted resumes to the firms in the hopes of landing covetedinternships, spots in summer programs and permanent positions. The eventtargets Greeks who study accounting, business, engineering, computer science,economics and math, as well as students who self-identify as diverse. Attendeesincluded students from Panhellenic and Interfraternity Council organizations,members of Greek-lettered honor societies and pre-professional organizations,diversity students and student athletes.The event is sponsored by Zivia Sweeney, associate professor of accounting, andis an example of the depth of support and cooperation between faculty membersand Greek groups on campus.“I am so grateful for the support of the firms,” said Sweeney. “This is the largestacademic event held on the Row. I am extremely proud of the positive impact ithas on getting more of our students exposed to the firms and the amazing careeropportunities they offer.”The event is a win-win, however. “USC is one of the top five universities that ourfirm recruits from,” said Marker, the KPMG recruiter. “USC students have such agreat range of backgrounds — from engineering to accounting, and they come tous already successful as hardworking and polished professionals.”The firms are expected to return again in the spring of 2020. n67

Rob Luo ’19, Joshua Xiao ’20, Eesen Sivapalan (business andaccounting) ’19 and Primo Mu (computer science) ’21Two Degrees,Two Jobs andOne BrightFutureEesen Sivapalan ’19 surmounts incredible oddsand finishes a standout graduateEesen Sivapalan ’19 surmounted more than his share ofobstacles to get to Commencement on May 10 at USC.And he did a lot more than just squeak by. He managed tocomplete a double major in business and accounting andlaunch a startup with another Trojan. For his efforts, hewas chosen to carry the USC Marshall banner as the Class of 2019marched into the Galen Center.Sivapalan, a native of Reading, Mass., spent the better part of highschool in India when his father, a software engineer, was laid offduring the financial crisis. When he came back to the States, it wasto Huntsville, Ala., for Sivapalan’s senior year.“Yeah, it was a big culture shock,” he said. He went to a nearbycommunity college and applied to transfer to a leading privateresearch university. Although he was accepted, his dad was laid offagain, and the tuition was too expensive.He stayed home for the fall semester, tutoring and reading books,and applied to the same school for the spring. He wasn’t acceptedthis time so he went to the nearby University of Alabama, Huntsville.“I knew I only had one more shot to transfer to a top businessschool,” he said. Luckily, his brother who was a high school senior,got a letter from USC asking him to apply. He told Sivapalan to lookat USC. He applied and was accepted.“I had to wait for the financial aid offer because the financialsituation at home was very unsteady,” he said. “With scholarshipsand financial aid, I would only have to pay 8,000 for my first year atUSC. I was in tears because now I could go.”Making It to USCSivapalan’s brother got accepted at Berkeley, and meanwhile, theirdad was laid off again. They convinced the whole family to move toCalifornia. Coincidentally, Sivapalan had an internship as a qualityassurance test engineer, and the company had a branch in Fremont,Calif. “All the chips were lined up,” he said. The family made a fourday road trip to the West Coast and his dad found a job.His first semester, Sivapalan was feeling he had it made. “I was at8EY’s Kelly GrierDelivers 2019Commencement AddressUSC, one of the best schools in the country,” he said.Then in October, a fire destroyed his apartment. He stayed atthe Radisson with his smoky belongings for two weeks. Five daysbefore he was supposed to move back in, he was told he neededto find a new place to live. As a result, he dropped two classes and,consequently, his computer science minor.His second year at USC wasn’t any easier. “My mom hadappendicitis, and I had to go home often to care for her.”After completing his second year, he took a year’s leave of absence,during which he cared for his mother and worked full-time asan accountant “to help the family financially and gain someexperience.” He also drove Lyft on the weekends, 12 hours eachday, to earn more. Sivapalan got a summer internship near homewith Workday that paid him well and gave him free housing.Then he returned to USC for his third year and made the most ofit. He became president of the Hindu student organization (hisparents are Sri Lankan), lead student intern with the MarshallUndergraduate Program Office, a member of Society 53 andUndergraduate Student Government, and a volunteer withVolunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).“I’m part of VITA because I believe in giving back to thecommunity,” Sivapalan said. “USC has given me so much. I think it’simportant to give back.”Launching a Green CompanyJunior year Sivapalan also met Marshall student Rob Luo ’19, withwhom he started Mi Terro, a green fashion company with a socialmission where he’ll continue to work part-time after graduation.When Luo told their GE class that he had started and sold a ventureduring a year off from USC, Sivapalan was intrigued. “I spoke withhim after class, and said, if you ever plan another venture, pleaselet me know because I’m always looking to gain experience inbusiness and accounting.”By the end of the semester, the two were brainstorming ideas fora business that would also help the environment. “Making moneysounded nice, but with this entrepreneurial venture, my focus wasto learn and also to protect the environment and give back to oursociety,” Sivapalan said.TWO DEGREES, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16Kelly Grier, EY’s U.S. chairman and managing partner andAmericas managing partner, delivered the commencementaddress to Leventhal graduates on May 10 at Epstein Family Plazaon the USC campus.Dean William W. Holder told the audience that Grier, one ofFortune’s Most Powerful Women in 2018, exemplifies the modernleader. “At EY, Kelly is leading the charge for diversity, inclusionand belonging. The diversity and inclusion initiative mirrors whatwe at Leventhal are all trying to accomplish,” Holder said. “KellyGrier is a thought leader whose deeds will be impactful for yearsto come.”Following is a transcription of Grier’s speech:Thank you, Dean Holder, and thank you to the faculty and thestaff at USC Leventhal School of Accounting. It is truly a wonderfulhonor to be here and to be included in this wonderful celebration.I had the opportunity to have lunch with Dean Holder and severalfaculty members and staff members, and I have to tell you theyare beaming with pride today for the great achievements ofeverybody here today. I have to say, Dean Holder, your leadershipis the reason that Leventhal has become the extraordinaryinstitution it is today. [applause] Yes, please, to Dean Holder.And as the leader of one of the largest employers of accountants,let me tell you how grateful we are for the exceptional talentcultivated here at Leventhal. And congratulations to yourwonderful student speakers, both Celina and Miles. Our professionis fortunate to have people like you leading the way, and it fills mewith such confidence to know that our future is bright with youentering the profession.As a point of personal pride, it is especially exciting for me towelcome Miles to the EY family. Miles is an outstanding exampleof the leaders we bring on board to EY every year. And I’m thrilledthat we actually have 110 Trojans that are joining the EY familythis year, including 59 right here from Leventhal. And mostimportantly, congratulations to all the students of the Class of2019 and to the family and friends who have supported you allalong the

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