Welcome from the Chair

J. Russell Hardin, PHD, CPAWelcome to the Department of Accounting website! If you are seeking a rewarding career, I invite you to explore our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Our faculty are dedicated to your success are readily accessible to our students. Our classes are small enough (approximately 20) that you will not feel lost in the crowd. Our CPA exam pass rates regularly exceed state and national averages.   The Department of Accounting is separately accredited by AACSB International – the highest level of business and accounting accreditation. Fewer than 200 institutions worldwide have earned this prestigious accounting accreditation.

The department of accounting faculty maintains a close relationship with Gulf Coast industries, government, and accounting firms. Many internship opportunities and full-time jobs are in your future. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with extracurricular activities through various student organizations such as Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Accounting Club. You will also be involved in community service projects during your time at the University of South Alabama such as the IRS Volunteer Tax Program.

We have a team of experienced and well qualified faculty that is excited about working with you throughout your academic career. Our purpose is to assist you in reaching your career goals. As such, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality educational experience. We invite you to explore the world of accounting through our courses, interactions with professional accountants, and exchanges with faculty and other accounting students.

If you need further information, please let us know.

Best wishes for you and your success,


J. Russell Hardin, PHD, CPA
Professor & Chair, Department of Accounting