Posted by Kara Kennedy on 2008-08-15

Effective August 1, Samford University's Brock School of Business welcomes Dr. Lowell S. Broom to the faculty as the Chair of the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems and as Professor of Accounting. Broom served as associate dean at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Business before coming to Samford.

"We are excited about Lowell joining our faculty. He brings years of expertise to our accounting and business programs," said Beck A. Taylor, dean of the Brock School of Business. "Lowell will be responsible for helping the Brock School of Business and its students keep up with all of the technological advances in business, as well as keeping us up to date with new accounting practices."

Broom brings a wealth of experience to the students at the Brock School of Business. Early in his career he was a part of the professional audit staff at Ernst & Young in Jackson, Miss. He began his teaching career at Louisiana Tech University in 1976. Broom also has served as a consultant to a local housing authority regarding various issues related to proper financial reporting under the requirements of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. He also has served as an expert witness in nine litigation cases involving accounting and auditing issues. One of his cases involved securities fraud related to the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. He has written or co-written a number of publications on accounting topics ranging from the application of generally accepted accounting and auditing standards to ethical conduct and fraud detection.

During the more than six years that Broom served as associate dean at UAB, he served on a number of university committees and was involved in several initiatives as a representative of the School of Business. During his tenure at UAB, he worked extensively on the technology infrastructure of the School of Business. He also led in the effort to re-establish the Executive Education Program as well as, in the development of an International Program in which students studied under the direction of professors in Europe and China.

In 2004, Broom was appointed by Gov. Bob Riley to serve as a technical advisor to the Small Business Committee of the Governor's Black Belt Action Committee. The committee was responsible for developing and implementing a plan to promote economic growth and improve the quality of life in Alabama's Black Belt. In 2007, he was appointed by Gov. Riley as the Chair of the Economic Development Committee for Region 3 (Central Alabama) of the Rural Alabama Action Commission. That commission was responsible for implementing economic development opportunities in the rural areas of a seven county in North Central Alabama.

Broom is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, American Accounting Association, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.