Tennessee Society of
Certified Public Accountants
201 Powell Place
Brentwood, TN 37027

Wednesday, June 26, 2002
CONTACT: Jay Rowe, Public Relations Coordinator
WITH ART: Photo of Eric James Burton


BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Dr. Eric James (Jim) Burton, Middle Tennessee State University's Dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business has been chosen as the recipient of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants' (TSCPA) 2002 Accounting Educator of the Year Award. The award was presented at TSCPA's 72nd Annual Convention & Educational Conference at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn.

The annual honor recognizes a post-secondary accounting educator who has made significant contributions through teaching as well as through active service to the profession over the first 20 years of his or her teaching career. The nominee must have been teaching at the post-secondary level for up to 20 years with his or her major impact to the profession occurring within the three years prior to the nomination.

Burton began his teaching career while working on an MBA at Murray State University from 1968 - 1969. He remained at MSU until 1973, when he received a fellowship to work on a doctorate in accounting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked as a teaching assistant while earning his doctorate and received his Ph.D. in 1976. He then moved on to an assistant professorship at Florida State University in 1976 where he remained until 1980.

After a 10-year stint as a successful businessman, he returned to teaching at MTSU in 1990 as a professor in the accounting department. He taught until 1998 when he was named dean of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business. As the dean of the college of business, Burton is instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the college, which offers more than 3,000 majors and employs 108 faculty members.

His research and writing accolades include being published numerous times in a wide variety of publications including The Accounting Review, Management Accounting, Managerial Auditing Journal, Management Review, The Tennessee CPA and many more. He has authored and co-authored several textbooks and brochures designed for students, small businesses and individuals.

Burton is an active member of several professional associations including the American Accounting Association, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the American Institute of CPAs, the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants and the Tennessee Society of CPAs. He has assumed leadership roles in a number of the associations including sitting on several TSCPA committees and serving as an elected member of TSCPA's Council several times.

Burton is also a dedicated public servant. He currently serves on the board of directors of Leadership Middle Tennessee, Middle Tennessee Workforce Investment Board and the Middle Tennessee State University Foundation. Past affiliations include the Better Busines Bureau, Tennessee Baptist Health Care System, Inc. and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Members of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants ( are CPAs residing and practicing primarily in Tennessee in all areas of public accounting, education, government, business and industry. TSCPA is headquartered in Brentwood, Tenn.