Emily and Renee

New Leadership for Professional Program in Accounting

Emily Davis steps up as director and Renee Olvera comes in as faculty advisor for the Professional Program in Accounting, which integrates academic excellence with professional preparation for a seamless pathway from BBA to MAc. 

August 20,  2014

By Elaine Cole

Since the TCU Professional Program in Accounting was initiated three years ago, student enrollment has increased by more than 30 percent, with 180 students now participating within the different levels of the three-year program. 

With the promotion of Ray Pfeiffer, former director of the TCU PPA, to associate dean of undergraduate programs, new leadership is taking the helm.

Emily Davis moves up from assistant director to director of the TCU PPA. Davis joined the Neeley School of Business at TCU after serving as senior financial accountant for TCU, an adjunct faculty member at Texas Woman’s University, and a tax services associate for Ernst & Young. She is a CPA with experience in audit, tax, not-for-profit accounting, financial accounting and campus recruiting. She received her MS and BBA in accounting from Texas Tech University.

“I am excited to continue fostering an environment for growth, both as a program and for each individual student,” Davis said. “My objective is to promote the continued growth of the TCU PPA as it relates to more career, networking and professional development opportunities for each student.” 

Renee Olvera, associate professor of professional practice in accounting, brings 10 years of experience to the classroom following a career as a CPA and an auditor with Deloitte. Her research examines auditors’ judgment, decision-making and professional development using experimental methodologies. She holds a PhD in Accounting from the University of North Texas, and MAS and BA in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

“One of my goals is to expand the opportunities for students to compete in accounting case competitions,” Olvera said. “Case competitions hone our students’ technical accounting, tax and auditing skills while allowing them to demonstrate their communication skills in front of accounting professionals. TCU PPA students have competed and done very well in the past, so I look forward to supporting more case competitions going forward.”

The TCU PPA gives students the opportunity to discover their chosen career path and seek out the tools they need for success as they progress through the TCU BBA in accounting and graduate with a Master of Accounting degree.

The TCU PPA program is based on a platform that supports students’ career preparation beyond the technical accounting and business knowledge gained from a textbook. Throughout the PPA, students receive leadership skills training, participate in international experiences, learn from mentors, network to increase their career opportunities and work closely with TCU faculty and alumni.

For more information on the TCU PPA program, visit www.neeley.tcu.edu/ppa.