Dean's Lecture Series Welcomes Lynn Turner, Managing Director of Research, Glass, Lewis & Co.
HOUSTON, March 1, 2006—Lynn E. Turner, CPA, managing director of research, Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC and former chief accountant for the Security and Exchange Commission, will speak at the Dean's Lecture Series on Monday, March 13. Turner’s lecture will be from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the Shell Oil Foundation Auditorium, Janice and Robert McNair Hall, Rice University.
The Dean's Lecture Series, complemented by the Executive Lecture Series, new this year, both lecture series bring exemplary business leaders to speak to the Rice MBA and MBA for Executives students at formal presentations. The Houston business community is invited to attend these lectures without charge.
On March 24, Mark A. Wallace, president, and chief executive officer of Texas Children's Hospital, will speak in the Executive Lecture Series at 1:00 p.m.
On April 10, Garrett Boone, chairman of the board, The Container Store, will speak in the Dean’s Lecture Series at 10:30 a.m.
On May 5, Lynn Elsenhans, executive vice president, Manufacturing, Shell Oil Company, will speak in the Executive Lecture Series at 1:00 p.m.
About Lynn E. Turner
Lynn E. Turner has the unique perspective of having been the chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a professor of accounting, a corporate and mutual fund board member, a partner in one of the major international accounting firms, the managing director of a research firm, and a chief financial officer and executive in industry.
Mr. Turner served as the chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from his appointment by the SEC chairman in July 1998 to August 2001. As chief accountant, Mr. Turner was the principal adviser to the SEC chairman and commission on financial reporting and disclosure by public companies in the U.S. capital markets as well as the related corporate governance matters. These issues included the oversight and development of U.S. accounting, disclosure, and auditing standards, the development and coordination of international accounting standards, as well as matters affecting audit committees of public companies. In this capacity, Mr. Turner worked regularly with Congress, various federal and state government agencies, international regulators, representatives of industry, and the accounting profession.
Mr. Turner is currently the managing director of research at Glass Lewis & Co. Glass Lewis is an analytical proxy and financial research firm that uses proprietary research and extensive analysis to objectively evaluate the corporate integrity and financial transparency of public companies. Glass Lewis advises investors who manager over $8 trillion in assets. Mr. Turner also serves as a senior adviser to Kroll Zolfo Cooper. Kroll Zolfo Cooper specializes in corporate advisory and restructuring and forensic and litigation. Mr. Turner also serves as a member of the Standards Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, and the board of a mutual fund.
Lynn Turner joined the faculty of Colorado State University where he was a professor of accounting and the director of The Center for Quality Financial Reporting in the College of Business from 2001 to 2004.
From June of 1996 to June of 1998, Mr. Turner was the chief financial officer and vice president of Symbios, Inc., an international semiconductor and storage manufacturer. He was responsible for the company’s financial and management reporting, risk management and budgeting processes. He also worked closely with the chief executive officer and the Board of Directors in the development and implementation of the company’s business strategy.
Before joining Symbios, Mr. Turner was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand, (now PricewaterhouseCoopers). Mr. Turner served as one of the firm’s national SEC review partners. He was the national practice leader responsible for the national C&L High Technology Audit Practice. Mr. Turner joined C&L in July 1976 and remained with the firm until 1996 with the exception of a two-year appointment to a fellowship with the SEC from 1989 to 1991.
Mr. Turner has served as an expert witness for and testified before Congress on several occasions. He was actively involved in the legislative process leading up to passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He has appeared on National Public Radio and all the major television networks including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, CNNfn, Bloomberg TV, and MSNBC. Mr. Turner has also served as one of six members of the panel of experts for the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This panel of international experts was responsible for making recommendations to the IMF with respect to improving controls over its international lending practices.
Mr. Turner has received honorary doctorates in business administration from Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. He has also twice been a recipient of the SEC Chairman’s Award for Excellence. He has been the Colorado State University College of Business Alumnus of the Year, and has received from Beta Alpha Psi, the National Accounting Honorary Society, the national award for Business Information (Accountant) Professional of the Year.
Mr. Turner is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Financial Executives International. Mr. Turner holds an MA in accounting from the University of Nebraska and a BA in business administration, with a concentration in accounting, from Colorado State University.