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Accounting & Finance
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Beacom Hall, Room 101
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


College Dean

Welcome to the Division of Accounting and Finance

Whether it's a large corporation, a government entity or a small business, every organization needs skilled people to understand and make decisions about its finances, rules and regulations and internal policies. 

At USD, our faculty are skilled practitioners with years of experience in both accounting and finance, combined with strong connections throughout the industry. As an accounting or finance student, you'll have the opportunity to intern with a variety of regional and national companies that will provide invaluable experience as you prepare to enter the workforce after graduation. You'll have a wide range of professional opportunities, and you may find yourself working as an accountant for one of the Big Four firms, as an investment banker at a large financial institution, a tax auditor for the U.S. government, or join a local business as a member of their accounting and finance team.

Join our community of financial problem-solvers, planners and powerhouses in the USD Division of Accounting and Finance.


Meet the Division

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Accounting and Finance. Our faculty are experts in their field, contributing research and scholarship in tax finance, investment management, corporate finance and more.
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Michael Allgrunn



Econometrics, Labor Economics, Analytics,Economics/ Managerial Economics
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Klaus Beckmann

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs


Finance - incl Banking
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Erin Cornelsen



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Karen Davies

Instructor in Accounting


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James Driver III

Assistant Professor of Finance


Finance - incl Banking
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Kathryn Enget

Assistant Professor


Forensic Accounting, Auditing, Data Analytics
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Derek Franken

Instructor of Accounting


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Paul Ordyna

Assistant Professor


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Adrian Tippit

Assistant Professor of Finance


Finance - incl Banking
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Nicholas Wilson

Assistant Professor


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Sara Yang

Visiting Assist Professor




With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.


Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to accounting and finance students.


Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Division of Accounting and Finance.

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Ellis Finance & Analytics Lab

Empowering students and faculty with a transformative finance education through the state-of-the-art Ellis Finance & Analytics Lab.

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Summer Accounting Institute

July 9-13, 2023

Explore the world of accounting, earn college credit, make new friends and more during the Beacom School of Business Summer Accounting Institute.  Open to high school sophomores and juniors with an interest in a professional career, this camp will open your eyes to the amazing opportunities available in the accounting institute. 
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Arthur A. Volk Symposium

Held annually by the Beacom School of Business, the Arthur A. Volk Symposium brings together students, faculty and industry leaders to explore the latest happenings in the business world. The symposium perpetuates the memory of Professor Volk's outstanding service to the students of USD. Recent speakers include Sheelah Kolhatkar and Dan Roam.
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Network, Travel, Explore

See what's possible in the world of accounting and finance. We connect you with internships at the top accounting firms in the country, field trips to financial hubs like New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Chicago, and a strong alumni network of successful accounting and finance professionals.
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Engaging the Business Community

Every undergraduate program at the Beacom School of Business welcomes an advisory council of leaders in their respective industries. The council advises faculty and students on industry trends, consults on curriculum changes and connects students to through student organization engagement and career opportunities.  

student Success Story

Success story Matthew Wagenaar smiling.
The fantastic faculty here at USD have provided me with great advice to take my accounting goals to the next level as well as push me to get a minor in finance that I hope will benefit me in the future.

Matthew Wagenaar

B.B.A. Accounting '24

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