Laurie Burney Named IMA's New Professor-in-Residence

December 3, 2021

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The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) has named Laurie Burney the new Professor-in-Residence. Burney, associate professor of accounting and holder of the J.E. Bush Professorship in Accounting at Baylor University, will serve as IMA's top academic volunteer leader for a three-year term while continuing to advocate for and teach management accounting at Baylor.

In her new role, Burney will serve as the liaison between IMA and the university communities, serving as the key interface with academic associations, cultivating relationships with key academics and representing the IMA at academic events. She will also help schools integrate the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) body of knowledge into their curriculum on an ad hoc basis. Thus, Burney will have a role in helping to grow the next generation of accountants and expand the profession as a whole. A key responsibility will be raising awareness about both IMA and the CMA certification.

IMA is one of the largest and most respected associations focused exclusively on advancing the management accounting profession. Globally, IMA supports the profession through research, the CMA and Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis (CSCA) programs, continuing education, networking and advocacy of the highest ethical business practices. Twice named Professional Body of the Year by The Accountant/International Accounting Bulletin, IMA has a global network of about 140,000 members in 150 countries and 350 professional and student chapters. Headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, IMA provides localized services through its four global regions: the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Europe and Middle East/India.

"I am honored and elated to be volunteering with IMA in this capacity," Burney said. "Being part of the organization throughout my career as a member and CMA, I have seen the benefits and opportunities IMA provides to academics, professionals and students. I look forward to being part of the IMA team to assist these stakeholder groups in pursuing and realizing their goals."

"We are happy to have Laurie as part of our team to bring her teaching experience to on-the-job practice," Lisa Beaudoin, CMA, CSCA, CAE, IMA senior director, said. "She has contributed to IMA in various capacities as a professional and academic and will continue to do so in her new role as we emerge from the pandemic stronger and ready to serve our present and future members."

Given its standing in the management accounting profession, Burney has remained active in the IMA throughout her career as a way to stay current and to engage with the profession. Burney's volunteer activities include serving as President-Elect of the Texas Council of the Institute of Management Accountants, as well as on the board of the IMA's Stuart Cameron McLeod Society. Burney was recognized in 2018 by receiving the IMA R. Lee Brummet Distinguished Award for Educators, which recognizes an educator's achievements in promoting management accounting across teaching, research and service. Burney also received the Lean Enterprise Institute's Excellence in Lean Accounting Faculty Award in 2018. Her other connections to practice include serving on the board for the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting and the Lean Education Advancement Foundation.