Stillwater News Press
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will celebrate three exceptional graduates as Distinguished Alumni at the 2014 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet April 17.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize Oklahoma State University School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in professional and academic accounting. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to Wilton T. Anderson, who is considered the founding father of OSU’s School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.
This year’s inductees into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame are Vickie Carr, partner with Deloitte’s tax practice in Dallas; Mike Keys, partner with KPMG’s Audit practice in Denver, and Alan Tye, retired ExxonMobil executive.
Robert Cornell, the head of the School of Accounting, is delighted to announce this year’s outstanding graduates at the event.
“We are excited to honor three of our very best who serve as examples of extraordinary achievement through their commitments to excellence, ethical business practices and integrity,” Cornell said. “We thank each for their willingness to serve as examples to our students of what is possible after earning degrees in accounting at OSU.”
Paige Walker, president of the Chi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, is inspired by the success and generosity of the honorees.
“As I complete my studies in the School of Accounting, it is encouraging to see the successful careers of these three alumni,” Walker said. “Each used their education and their experiences at OSU to benefit the accounting profession and give back to the School of Accounting. As I observe their success and dedication to students like me, I am hopeful to have the same type of impact in my life and career.”
Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School, is pleased with the School of Accounting’s choice of alumni to honor.
“Once again, the School of Accounting will induct an impressive group of alumni into its Hall of Fame,” Eastman said. “Not only have all three excelled in their careers but they are also outstanding individuals. In addition, all three have been very loyal alums who have supported us in many ways. We are pleased to honor them in this way and look forward to continuing our relationships with them.”
Vickie Carr is a tax partner at Deloitte in Dallas. She has worked with Deloitte since 1985 serving public and private companies, primarily multinational corporations in the consumer products industry. In August 2013, she assumed the role of National Competency Leader of the Financial Reporting of Taxes. She previously served as the National Consumer Products Tax sector leader and currently serves on the Deloitte Tax CEO’s Advisory Group.
Carr is a frequent speaker at internal and external conferences on tax topics involving accounting for income taxes including client roundtables, external training, client-specific training, and Dbriefs for executives and students. She has been a speaker in the School of Accounting’s Practicum course several times and has arranged visits to Deloitte University on behalf of the Spears School. She is also an active donor to the OSU School of Accounting, including the Jeff & Vickie Carr Endowed Scholarship in Accounting.
Carr received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 1985 and her master’s degree in federal taxation from the University of Tulsa in 1988.
Mike Keys is the partner-in-charge of the Denver Business Unit for KPMG. He has 32 years experience advising public and privately held entities in the real estate, engineering, construction, technology, communications and media industries. He also has extensive experience with public companies including 1934 Act filings, initial and secondary registration statements, mergers and acquisitions, debt offerings, due diligence and technical accounting topics.
Keys is designated as an SEC reviewing partner and completed a rotation in KPMG’s national department of professional practice. As the Denver partner-in-charge for Audit Services, he is responsible for the audit resources for KPMG in Colorado and New Mexico, financial statements and market activities. He is also a member of KPMG’s National Audit Leadership Team, which includes 18 business units in the U.S., and he is an independent member of KPMG’s Board of Directors nominating committee.
Keys earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from OSU in 1982. He is an active donor to the KPMG, LLP Accounting Scholarship at OSU. Keys graduated from Stillwater High School in 1977.
Alan Tye is retired from ExxonMobil and is a contributing member to the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Scholarship. Upon graduation from OSU, Tye joined ExxonMobil Corp. as an internal auditor. During his career, he served as Accounting Manager of Exxon Chemical’s U.S. operations, Controller of Exxon’s downstream affiliates in Africa, and Area Audit Manager in Europe and the Far East. He has worked in more than 50 countries.
Tye recently gave a major gift to fund the study and application of ethics in business. He is a board member for TexARTS, a nonprofit performing arts organization, and he teaches on a volunteer basis for the Institute of Internal Auditors. He is involved in a number of civic organizations and is an active supporter of the Patriots Fund and the Help Our Wounded Warriors Project.
Tye received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting at OSU in 1962 and 1963.
Each year the School of Accounting recognizes students and alumni at the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Banquet. As the “father” of the School of Accounting at OSU, Anderson established the highest expectations for graduates of the School of Accounting. In his honor, this event is used to showcase outstanding students just beginning their careers, to express appreciation to those who have provided scholarship support to help these students succeed, and to recognize exceptional alumni who have made significant positive impacts on accounting practices throughout their careers. For more information or to purchase tickets to the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet, go to: http://spears.okstate.edu/accounting/alumni/distinguished/banquet/.