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National group recognizes JSU accounting professor Pridgen for being current ‘asset’

The Association of Government Accountants has selected Jackson State University’s assistant accounting professor Dr. Annette K. Pridgen as a recipient of its national 2015 Cornelius E. Tierney/Ernst & Young Research Award for outstanding leadership, accomplishments and service to the profession and communities.

Dr. Annette Pridgen is recognized for her leadership and service to the profession and communities.

Dr. Annette Pridgen is recognized for her leadership and service to the profession and communities.

Pridgen, a member of the accounting organization for nearly 30 years, expressed gratitude for the recognition.

“As a longtime member of AGA, I recognize the importance of our mission of advancing government accountability. While the Office of the State Auditor of Mississippi provided me with the opportunity to promote public accountability at the statewide level, the University of Mississippi and Jackson State University provided me with opportunities to advance governmental financial management through research and teaching activities.”

JSU accounting chair Dr. Quinton Booker said, “We’re very proud to have Dr. Pridgen. She clearly is an expert in governmental and non-profit accounting. She does an amazing job of teaching our undergraduates and graduates. Indeed, she is an unbelievable asset to our department, and we’re very glad to have her.” What’s more, says Booker, is that she is a product of JSU, where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Also, for supporting her academic agenda, Pridgen acknowledged Dr. Ramin C. Maysami, dean of the JSU College of Business in the Liberal Arts Department.

The AGA says the special honor is a formal recognition for individuals who throughout their careers have made “continuous contributions to governmental financial management by their direct participation in research activities.”

As well, it said recipients make an extraordinary impact by encouraging and supporting others in government financial management research.

Each of the national winners was recognized recently at the 64th Annual Professional Development Training in Nashville.