Accounting professor named IMA's Academic Mentor of the Year

Kim Zahller, an assistant professor of accounting in Appalachian State University's Walker College of Business, has received the Ursel K. Albers Academic Mentor of the Year Award from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). 

IMA is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business. The Albers Award recognizes an academic mentor who demonstrates exceptional commitment to an IMA student chapter and who meets the standards set by Ursel K. Albers, who was the first recipient of the National Mentor Award, in providing student leadership and career guidance.

Dr. Zahller serves as the campus advocate for the Institute of Management Accountants and is also the faculty advisor for the Appalachian State Student Chapter of the IMA. She is a member of the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants.

The award was presented during the 2022 Global IMA Conference, held June 12-15 in Austin, TX.


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Accounting professor named IMA's Academic Mentor of the Year
Published: Jun 14, 2022 3:32pm