Barton School appoints new School of Accountancy director

The W. Frank Barton School of Business has named Dr. Christine Porter as its new School of Accountancy director. Porter is replacing Dr. Greg Merrill who left in August.

“We are so glad to have Christine as our new Director,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, dean of the Barton School. “Her professionalism, vision, knowledge and dedication led to her ascension to this leadership role. It’s obvious that she is also well respected, connected and admired by her peers.”

Porter joined WSU in 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Her research focus is audit archival research and many of her papers explore bank auditors as well as non-Big4 audit markets.

Since joining the faculty, Porter has been published in multiple publication journals including “Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory,” which is a top-tier journal in her field. Porter has also been teaching and auditing and managerial accounting courses at the Barton School. Before receiving her Ph.D, she worked in public accounting for five years for regional firms in Baltimore and Denver.

“I’m energized about the future of the School of Accountancy,” said Porter. “I plan to uphold the top quality curriculum and programs we are known for while equipping our students with the knowledge and skills to make a difference in the field.”

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