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Beacom Graduate Achieves Top CPA Exam Score

Photo of Chu Bing Sabrina McMullin. McMullin earned the Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) for her top CPA exam score in 2016.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Chu Bing Sabrina McMullin ‘16 was recently named a recipient of the Elijah Watt Sells Award by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) for her top CPA examination score.

McMullin is a 2016 graduate of the University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business Master of Professional Accountancy program. She is one of 58 individuals receiving the Elijah Watt Sells Award out of the 102,323 individuals who sat for the CPA Examination in 2016.

According to the AICPA, “This award was bestowed upon CPA candidates who have obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt and completed testing in 2016.” The award was established in 1923 to recognize exceptional performance on the CPA Examination.

McMullin is employed with YRC Worldwide, Inc. in Overland Park, Kansas. She received her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Nanyang Technological University.

“The University of South Dakota is fortunate to attract high quality students like Sabrina to its online Master of Professional Accountancy program,” said Thomas Davies, chair of the division of accounting and finance. “Receiving this prestigious award is testimony to her intelligence, dedication and hard work. These attributes, coupled with our program’s rigor and faculty efforts to provide an outstanding learning experience, are the reasons why USD’s graduate degrees are nationally recognized.”

View the full list of Elijah Watt Award recipients.

View a high-resolution photo of Chu Bing Sabrina McMullin.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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