Press Release for Tuesday, May 9, 2017
UNF Accounting Grad Top CPA Exam Performer/Elijah Watt Sells Award Winner
Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
of Public Relations
Patrick Kmieciak, who earned both
his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from the University of North
Florida, is a top CPA exam performer and winner of the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells
Award by the American Institute of CPAs. This is the first time a UNF graduate
has been recognized with this national award.
“The faculty in the Department of Accounting
and Finance are extremely proud of Patrick upon being named as a recipient of
this prestigious award,” said Dr. David Jaeger, chair of the Department of
Accounting and Finance at UNF. “This honor is well deserved and is the result
of Patrick’s hard work and dedication, providing evidence of the high-quality
students attracted to the accounting programs at UNF.”
100,000 individuals sat for the exam in 2016 and only 58 candidates meeting the
criteria received the Elijah Watt Sells Award. The award is bestowed upon CPA
candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all
four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the
exam on their first attempt and completed testing in 2016.
Examination, along with the education and experience required, sets a high bar
for entry into the profession. This serves to protect the public interest by
ensuring that only qualified individuals earn a CPA license,” said Michael
Decker, AICPA vice president of examinations. “On behalf of the AICPA, I’d like
to congratulate this year’s winners of the Elijah Watt Sells award on their
outstanding accomplishment and wish them the best of luck in their careers.”
downtown resident, is currently employed at PwC LLP, where he provides auditing
services to private and public clients. While at UNF, he was a graduate and teaching
assistant, teaching intermediate accounting classes as well as proctoring
exams. In the fall of 2013, he began tutoring accounting and finance students
and currently conducts private tutoring sessions on the weekend, which allows
him to aid students and stay close to the University.
a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He was on the President’s Honor
Roll between fall 2013 and summer 2016, earning a 4.0 GPA every semester for
three years. In 2015, he scored in the 99th percentile on the Coggin
College of Business exit exam and the 97th percentile on the
Graduate Management Admission Test.
Watt Sells Award program was established by the AICPA in 1923 to recognize
outstanding performance on the CPA Examination. Sells, one of the first CPAs in
the U.S., was active in the establishment of the AICPA and played a key role
advancing professional education within the profession.
university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.