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An alumnus of Lakeland College's graduate program has been named one of the nation's top performers on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification exam by the American Institute of CPAs.
Eric Hartel, who earned a master of business administration from Lakeland in 2008, was one of the top 19 scorers in the nation on the CPA exam, earning him the AICPA's Elijah Watt Sells Award. These candidates completed testing during 2010 and passed each exam section on their first attempt. More than 103,000 candidates sat for the exam in 2010.
Hartel, a senior revenue accountant with CCH Small Firm Services in Kennesaw, Ga., was the only winner from college/university in Wisconsin.
"It is truly an honor to have a graduate from Lakeland's MBA program earn this prestigious award," said Brett Killion, an instructor of accounting at Lakeland. "This is a testimony to the quality of Lakeland's CPA review courses, our faculty and our MBA concentration in accounting."
The Elijah Watt Sells Award is presented to candidates who obtained the 10 highest cumulative scores on all four sections of the computerized Uniform CPA Examination. In 2010, several candidates received identical cumulative scores, which resulted in a tie and increased the total number of winners to 19.
Elijah Watt Sells was one of the country's first CPAs under the provision of a New York State law enacted in 1896 and a leader in advancing professional education. He was active in the establishment of the AICPA and was a founder of New York University's School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance. The Sells award was created by the AICPA in 1923 in his honor.
Hartel received his bachelor's degree in business from Liberty University Online, with a specialization in finance.