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Ethics Sage Receives Accounting Exemplar Award

Cal Poly Professor Receives Accounting Exemplar Award

The American Accounting Association recently honored Cal Poly Professor Steven Mintz with the Accounting Exemplar Award in the public interest section.

The award is given annually to accounting educators and practitioners who have made notable contributions to professionalism and ethics in accounting.

With this honor, Cal Poly becomes the only educational institution to have two faculty members receive the Accounting Exemplar Award. Cal Poly accounting Professor Mary Beth Armstrong received the award in 2009. Previous award winners also include Cynthia Cooper, the whistleblower who exposed $3.8 billion in fraud at WorldCom.

“I’m thrilled that Steven’s thought-leadership has been recognized once again,” said Orfalea College of Business Dean Scott Dawson. “Having seasoned professionals like him in the classroom helps prepare career-ready graduates and affirms our accounting program’s powerful reputation.”

Mintz was honored at AAA’s annual meeting in Chicago on Aug. 9. He has also been recognized by professional publications including the CPA Journal and Issues in Accounting Education for his extensive research in accounting ethics.

A veteran professor and dean in the California State University system, Mintz joined Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business in 2006. His “Accounting Ethics” textbook has been adopted by 40 colleges and universities. He also writes blogs on ethics issues in business and society ( and on workplace ethics (

Posted September 10, 2015.

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