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J. Donald Warren tapped for Business Hall of Fame

An accomplished academic and distinguished career accountant J. Donald Warren Jr. will become the newest member of Lamar University’s College of Business Hall of Fame.

Donald Warren“The Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have excelled in business and is the highest tribute possible for graduates of the College of Business,” said Henry Venta, dean of the College of Business. “Members of the Hall of Fame serve as outstanding role models for current and future students.”

Warren is a professor of accounting and Schlobach Distinguished Chair in Accounting in the School of Management at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He serves as the program director of Master of Professional Accountancy and director of the Center for Enhanced Audit Techniques. Additionally, Warren assists the dean in developing a speakers’ series on accounting, auditing and ethical issues facing the profession. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Marist College, Warren was an assistant professor at the University of Hartford where he served as internship coordinator for accounting majors. He helped establish the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at the University of Hartford and served as one of the faculty co-advisors.  Before joining the faculty at the University of Hartford, he was an associate professor in Rutgers Business School.  At Rutgers, Warren implemented the Master of Accountancy in Financial Reporting in 2006 and served as its director. He also served as the director of Rutgers’ Center for Continuous Auditing. 

Warren is associate editor for the Journal of Information Systems, a research fellow for the Rutgers Business School Continuous Auditing & Reporting Laboratory and the is on the advisory committee for the Continuous Auditing & Reporting Laboratory Symposia. 

Warren began his career in education after retiring from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP after a distinguished 31-year career.  While with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, he served in many capacities.   From March 1997 until the merger with Price Waterhouse in July 1998, he served as director of BA Product Development and Technology Services for Coopers & Lybrand, LLP.   In that capacity, he headed a group that identified new products and services within the Business Assurance line of business, sought out joint venture and strategic alliance opportunities and brought new products and services to market.  Before assuming that role in March 1997, he served as the partner-in-charge of computer assurance services and business assurance technology services.  He was responsible for IT audit practice in all Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. offices in the United States. He was also responsible for the implementation of the firm's audit workstation   and was a member of the International Computer Assurance Committee.   Warren is a co-author of the third edition of the Handbook of IT Auditing, published by Warren Gorham Lamont in 1994.

He served as a National Accounting, Auditing & SEC Consulting Partner, responsible for domestic SEC issues and independence, in Coopers & Lybrand’s National AA&SEC Directorate, in New York.  He is a co-author of the Coopers & Lybrand SEC Manual published in 1989.   Prior to joining the national office in 1988, he was a general practice partner in Houston, where he served clients in several industries and headed the office's High Technology practice. 

From 1973 through 1975, Warren served as a technical advisor to a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board.  Prior to joining the Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P. in 1970, he served as audit manager with the U.S. Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C. and was responsible for conducting operational audits of Federal agencies.

Warren received a BBA in accounting from Lamar University in 1963, a MBA from George Washington University, and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. 

While a student in the doctoral program, Warren founded the Center for Continuous Auditing in 2001 and chaired the Profession at Crossroads Series at Texas A&M University. The series, created in response to the Enron/WorldCom financial scandals in 2001-2002, consisted of noted speakers from the corporate, investment, regulatory and academic communities and the public accounting profession. 

Warren joins previous Hall of Fame members Dan Hallmark, retired banking chairman, CEO and president; Terry Kelley, entrepreneurial banker; Bart Simmons, oil and gas entrepreneur; James Crump, retired partner PriceWaterhouse Coopers; Bill Childs, entrepreneur and retired founder and CEO of Texas Industrial Maintenance Inc., the late Robert Swerdlow, longtime business educator and associate dean of business at Lamar University; Jerry Reese, retired founder and president of BoMac Contractors Ltd.; Elvis Mason, retired banking and financial executive; the late C.W. Conn Jr., founder and majority owner of Conn’s Appliances Inc,; and Bette Stead, longtime community activist,  business educator and professor of marketing at the University of Houston.