Former Regulatory Board Deputy Director Named
Director-in-Residence for UT Dallas IECG
Sept. 24, 2007
Accounting inspections expert Dennis Jennings has joined the UT Dallas School of Management’s Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance (IECG) as director-in-residence.
The former deputy director of inspections and Texas regional leader of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has been appointed for a one-year term by IECG’s executive director Dr. Constantine Konstans.
Jennings will participate in external and in-house programs, help establish roundtables for conferences and provide guidance to IECG’s newly launched middle-market project. He will work closely with Dr. Konstans and George (Robbie) Robinson, who was also appointed director-in-residence for the institute this summer.
This is the first time the IECG has had two directors-in-residence.
“We are thrilled that Dennis Jennings is joining the IECG. Through his experience at the PCAOB, he provides us with a tie to the regulatory dimension of corporate governance. His expertise and background will prove invaluable to the institute as we continue forging partnerships and continue our expansion,” Dr. Konstans said.
“The addition of both of our new directors-in-residence – Dennis Jennings and Robbie Robinson – is a very exciting development. These two individuals have impressive backgrounds and have two significantly different sets of skills and strengths. With Robbie’s congressional and industry expertise and Dennis’ extensive experience with the PCAOB and the SEC, the two directors provide us the capability to deliver services of the highest quality to our constituents,” Dr. Konstans said.
Jennings was instrumental in developing the domestic and international inspection process for the PCAOB, which was created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 in the aftermath of accounting scandals in recent years. The PCAOB oversees public companies’ auditors to improve the accuracy of audited financial statements and help restore public confidence in the accounting profession.
Jennings career of extensive experience in leadership, auditing, consulting, project and risk management began at KPMG International. Following his time there, Jennings spent more than 25 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he became a senior partner. He was also a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ international executive committee in the Global Risk Management Solutions Group and led the group’s international energy and mining practice.
Jennings is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on petroleum accounting practices, sustainability, environmental, accounting and risk management issues. He earned a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in accounting from Texas Tech University.
The IECG conducts research and presents programs focused on enhancing the abilities of corporate directors, senior officers and institutional investors to protect and promote stakeholders’ interests in an effective and ethical manner.
The institute presents programs that focus on ways expenditures for regulatory compliance can be used to enhance corporate governance systems of publicly traded companies and, at the same time, create value for the shareholders and other stakeholders.
For more information about IECG and its upcoming activities, visit http://som.utdallas.edu/iecg or call 972-883-6345.
About the School of Management
The School of Management is the largest of UT Dallas’ seven schools, with an enrollment of nearly 4,700, of which 2,500 are graduate students. Faculty in the school rank 32nd in research productivity nationwide, based on publications in the top 24 business journals spanning all areas of business. Financial Times, using a broader set of 40 journals, ranks UT Dallas’ management faculty 30th worldwide. Financial Times also ranks the university’s Executive MBA program 48th in the world and 22nd in the United States, and U.S. News and World Report lists UT Dallas’ fulltime Cohort MBA program 53rd nationwide and 26th among public colleges and universities.
About UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor®, enrolls more than 14,500 students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UT Dallas, please visit the university’s website at www.utdallas.edu.