Accounting Grad Receives Prestigious Industry Award

June 6, 2017

Kevin Branley headshot

Kevin Branley

BATON ROUGE – Kevin Branley, who earned both his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Accountancy from the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, was recently announced as one of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award winners.

Branley is the only award winner from Louisiana and now works at Deloitte & Touche LLP in New Orleans.

The 2016 award was bestowed upon CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the exam on their first attempt and completed testing in 2016.

A total of 102,323 individuals sat for the exam in 2016, with 58 candidates meeting the criteria to receive the Elijah Watt Sells Award.

“The CPA Examination, along with the education and experience required, sets a high bar for entry into the profession,” said Michael Decker, AICPA vice president of examinations. “This serves to protect the public interest by ensuring that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license. On behalf of the AICPA, I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners of the Elijah Watt Sells Award on their outstanding accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in their careers.”

The Elijah Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize outstanding performance on the CPA Exam. Sells, one of the first CPAs in the United States, was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role advancing professional education within the profession.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business