Billy is a Professor of Accountancy at Mississippi College teaching primarily Governmental, Advanced, Accounting Information Systems, and Data Analytics classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a highly sought-after national and international speaker on a variety of topics including Fraud, Corruption, Ethics, Internal Control, Leadership, International Accounting Standards, GASB, GAO & OMB updates, and Government Financial Management. Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant appointed Billy to the five-member Mississippi Public Procurement Review Board (PPRB) for a term beginning January 1, 2018. Billy was reappointed to the PPRB by Governor Tate Reeves as of July 1, 2020 and elected as Chair of the Board as of January 1, 2021.
Billy retired from the State of Mississippi in 2011 after 27 years of service with the State Auditor’s Office, Department of Finance and Administration, Department of Mental Health, and Delta State University where he served as Chair of Accountancy, Computer Information Systems and Finance, Interim Dean for the College of Business, and Vice President for Finance and Administration
A long-time member of the Jackson AGA chapter, Billy has served AGA in numerous roles at the chapter level, including Chapter President, and at the national level, including Chairs of the Journal Board and Higher Education Committee, National Treasurer, and National President.
Billy is a member of the Mississippi Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs since 1987. Billy earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from Delta State University (1984) and Millsaps College (1995), respectively, and earned his doctorate in International Development from the University of Southern Mississippi (2007). Billy and his wife, Audrey, live in Madison and are members of First Baptist Church, Jackson.
8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
This session examines the impact data analytics and technology are having on the accounting & auditing profession, higher education, employment trends, salaries, and the CPA exam. We will discuss the challenges and the transformation necessary to remain viable in this technology and data driven era. The speaker will demonstrate the opportunities for basic data analysis by using Pivot Tables and Tableau.
8:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.
Photos from recent activities hosted by the Pacific and Virgin Islands Training Initiatives (PITI-VITI) in support of conferences, training and leadership development, are available below.