Director, MAcc Programs
MS in Educational Administration--Texas A&M University, 2005
BA in Accounting--North Georgia College and State University, 1997
A veteran in recruiting top-notch team members in professional services and in student activities at two academic institutions, Lindsay Donald brings a unique perspective to student services and career management for the Vanderbilt MAcc and MAcc Valuation programs, which she joined in 2011. During her ten years as a campus recruiter at KPMG, she managed key relationships and the recruiting entire process across several universities – including Vanderbilt – and she evaluated student qualifications to identify firm hires. Lindsay now brings that valuable insight to the Vanderbilt MAcc recruiting process, where she helps students navigate the partner firm recruiting process and the CFA and CPA review courses. Lindsay’s prior experience involved advising student-led organizations on leadership, group dynamics and relationships with peers and advisors. In addition to her work with Vanderbilt MAcc prospects and students today, she enjoys the live music in Nashville, outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and young children.
Associate Director of MAcc Programs
BA in Mass Communication—Louisiana State University, 2003
Emily Cochran is seasoned in recruiting priorities for professional services firms, having managed the Audit and Tax practices at KPMG in Atlanta. During her six years there, she developed and executed campus recruiting strategies at KPMG’s Premier universities and provided counsel to recruiting partners and other team members. She joined Vanderbilt in August 2013, and she provides valuable, industry-relevant insights to the admissions process for Vanderbilt MAcc and MAcc Valuation programs.
Emily enjoys meeting prospective MAcc students on the various campuses she visits. When she’s not spending time on the road or recruiting “right fit” students for Vanderbilt MAcc, Emily likes to travel, try new restaurants and enjoy virtually any activity outdoors.
Admissions Assistant, MAcc Programs
BS in Communications--University of Tennessee, 1998
Betsy joined the MAcc Programs team in August 2012 and she assists with application processing and inquiry management. After beginning her career in Washington, DC, in the world of public relations, a move to Nashville in 2000 brought her to Vanderbilt University’s Alumni Programs Office. She spent several years as program coordinator and Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, working on communications and marketing efforts. After a stretch focused exclusively on her two red-headed sons, and logging many hours volunteering in the Nashville community, she is so pleased to be back on Vanderbilt’s campus in this role.
Associate Dean and Director of Accountancy
Karl Hackenbrack joined the Owen faculty as an Associate Professor in 2004 from the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida, where he had been a tenured Associate Professor since 1995. The focus of Karl’s scholarship is mandated corporate disclosure. His writings and teachings address corporate governance issues associated with external financial reporting, including fraudulent financial reporting, the structure of accounting standards, the public accounting industry, corporate valuation and the regulation of professional services.
Karl is currently working on papers that examine audit client retention and engagement-level pricing pressures, mandatory disclosure and the joint sourcing of audit and management advisory services, as well as the trade-offs among corporate governance mechanisms. He was a PricewaterhouseCoopers Fellow the past five years and received numerous teaching awards at the University of Florida. Karl was also a KPMG Faculty Fellow from 1995 to 1998 and a Visiting Professor at Owen from 2002 to 2003.
Karl has been an editorial board member of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory since 1996, an editorial board member of the Accounting Review from 1996 to 1999 and an ad hoc reviewer for many journals. From 1999 to 2001 Karl was a member of the Independence Standards Board's Legal Services Task Force, from 1997 to 2002 a PhD Coordinator at the University of Florida and from 2001 to 2002 chair of the American Accounting Association's New Faculty Consortium Committee.