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AICPA Honors Purcell with Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award

AICPA Honors Thomas J. Purcell with Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award

Creighton University Accounting and Law professor Thomas J. Purcell, III, is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur J. Dixon Memorial Award, the highest award given by the accounting profession in the area of taxation. The award, given by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, was presented Oct. 27, at the AICPA’s Fall Tax Division Meeting in Washington, D.C., by Patricia Thompson, chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee. 

Purcell has served on the faculty of Creighton University since 1979. Prior to that, he was a tax consultant with the Omaha office of Touche Ross & Co. Purcell has been a dedicated volunteer leader for the AICPA for more than 20 years. Most notably, he was the chair of the AICPA Tax Executive Committee. Purcell currently chairs the AICPA’s Energy Tax Policy Task Force and serves as a member of the Tax Practice Responsibilities Committee. He has served on numerous other Tax Division committees and task forces, including the Tax Accounting Committee and the Tax Legislation and Policy Committee. In addition, Purcell has served on the AICPA Pre-certification Education Executive Committee and the AICPA Strategic Planning Committee, as well as a member of the AICPA’s governing Council.

He is a long-time member of the editorial board of the AICPA’s The Tax Adviser and is the author of a book, several professional training manuals and many articles published in academic and professional journals.

Purcell is an active volunteer with the Nebraska Society of CPAs . He served as the Chairman of the Board of the Nebraska Society of CPAs in 1997 and 1998 and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the Nebraska Society, as well as on a number of other of the Society’s committees.

Among the awards he has received are the Creighton University Distinguished Faculty Service Award, the Nebraska Society of CPAs Public Service Award and the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award. He was named the Beta Alpha Psi National Business Information Professional of the Year and has twice been named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting.

Purcell is serving his nineteenth year as the faculty advisor for Creighton University’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter.

Purcell received a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting from Creighton University, an M.A. in accounting from the University of Missouri, a J.D. Degree from Creighton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

The annual award is in honor of Arthur J. Dixon, a CPA who had an outstanding record of service to the tax profession and to the AICPA Tax Division. Dixon was chairman of the AICPA's Tax Executive Committee from 1977 to 1980 and posthumously won the first award named in his honor. The award was established after his death in 1981 to honor outstanding CPAs in the area of taxes.