Accounting Faculty Member Has New Leadership Role in Dallas CPA Society

Art Agulnek, senior lecturer in accounting, was chosen as chairman-elect of the Dallas CPA Society at its annual meeting last month. In his new role, Agulnek will serve this year and part of next as second-in-command of the local professional group before becoming chairman in the 2015-2016 year.

The society, a not-for-profit association serving more than 6,000 certified professional accountant members in Dallas and surrounding counties, is the local chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. The statewide group has 29,000 members and 20 chapters.

“I am excited about this opportunity to serve the CPA profession in the Dallas area,” Agulnek says about his new role. “I hope to motivate young professionals to get involved and seek leadership roles in the profession and in the community.”

A licensed CPA in Texas and New York, Agulnek joined the JSOM faculty in 2002 after retiring as a tax partner from Ernst & Young, a multinational professional services company. During his time at JSOM, he has served in many other professional association leadership roles, including two terms as treasurer of the Dallas CPA Society. The Texas Society recognized him with an award in 2012 for his service as chairman of the editorial board of the state group’s magazine, Today’s CPA. He joined the board in 2004 and served as its chairman from 2009 to 2013.

Agulnek also has been a frequent lecturer in development courses delivered for the local and state CPA societies, as well as for the American Institute of CPAs and the Society for Human Resource Management.

“Art sets an excellent example inside and outside the classroom,” JSOM Dean and Caruth Chair of Management Hasan Pirkul said. “We’re very proud of his service to the accounting profession and his many, many volunteer efforts to advance it.”