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John R. Robinson Named Division of Corporation Finance Academic Accounting Fellow


Washington, D.C., July 16, 2009 — The Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Corporation Finance today announced the selection of John R. Robinson as the Academic Accounting Fellow for a one-year term beginning next month.

"Each year, we look forward to the important contributions made by those participating in our Academic Accounting Fellow program. John's experience and perspective will be extremely valuable to us as we carry out our mission in the coming year," said Wayne Carnall, Chief Accountant in the Division of Corporation Finance.

Mr. Robinson is the C. Aubrey Smith Professor of Accounting in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his J.D. and Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas, he taught at the University of Kansas where he was The Arthur Young Faculty Scholar. Mr. Robinson teaches introductory taxation, corporate tax, taxation of partnerships, and tax planning. He conducts research in a broad variety of topics involving financial accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and the influence of regulation and taxes on financial structures and performance. His scholarly articles have appeared in Accounting Review, Journal of Finance, National Tax Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of the American Bar Association, and The Journal of Taxation. In addition, he has served as the editor of The Journal of the American Taxation Association and he was a co-author of two articles honored with the Association's Outstanding Manuscript Awards.

Academic Accounting Fellows in the Division of Corporation Finance serve as a research resource for the staff on current financial reporting and auditing issues. In addition, Academic Fellows work with the Division staff to address issues involving difficult and unusual accounting, auditing and financial reporting questions, participate in rulemaking projects, and review filings by public companies to identify significant accounting and disclosure problems.

Greg Burton, the outgoing Academic Accounting Fellow, is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Brigham Young University. While at the Commission, Mr. Burton worked on International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) issues, filing reviews, staff training, and assisted in addressing a number of policy initiatives.

"Greg served as a key member of our team and made significant contributions to the Division during his tenure," said Mr. Carnall.

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Modified: 07/16/2009