Belverd Needles, EY Professor of Accounting in the School, has been named one of the 2013 recipients of the Sustained Contributions to the Profession Award, a recognition from the American Institute of CPAs for members whose contributions to the profession and the AICPA have been both significant and long term. The awards were announced at the Fall meeting of the AICPA Council in October.
Recipients of the awards, according to the AICPA announcement, “must have served on an AICPA volunteer group for twenty years or more, and at one time must have headed up a committee, task force, or resource panel of the organization.
Prof. Needles is no stranger to service or recognitions, having been honored throughout his career by the Federation of Schools of Accountancy, the American Accounting Association, the International Association for Accounting Education and Research, and the national office of Beta Alpha Psi. Closer to home, he is a former Illinois CPA Society Outstanding Educator of the Year and ICPAS Lifetime Achievement awardee, recipient of both DePaul’s and Ledger & Quill’s Faculty Excellence award, and of the L&Q Award of Merit.
Past recipients of the Sustained Contributions awards include a number of prominent practitioners with ties to DePaul’s School of Accountancy: former MST Adjunct faculty member Jim Sansone, former Driehaus College of Business Executive in Residence David Landsittel, and frequent School guest speaker George Krull. Two others are among DePaul’s Finest: L&Q Lifetime Associates Harvey Coustan (BUS ’61) and Art Farber (BUS ’57). The firms with which four of the awardees are most associated–McGladrey, Grant Thornton and EY–are active sponsors of scholarships or professorship in the School.