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July 24, 2013

MISSOULA – The Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants recently named University of Montana Associate Professor Joshua Herbold recipient of the 2013 Jack Kempner Outstanding Educator Award.

The award honors an educator who is distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, motivating students, and educational innovation and contributions to the accounting profession.

Herbold’s former students emphasized those qualities on his nomination form for the prestigious award, saying: “Dr. Herbold is a passionately inspired educator who goes above and beyond for students. He teaches with compassion, confidence and integrity. He helped set the tone for what has become for me a wonderful return to school;” and “Professors like Joshua Herbold, without a doubt, increase the quality of accountants that graduate from the University of Montana.”

In addition to teaching in the UM School of Business Administration’s Department of Finance and Accounting – where he holds the Pat & Judy McDonald Faculty Fellowship – Herbold created Big Sky Knowledge Factory, a company known for developing interesting and dynamic classes for business professionals such as Networking for Introverts, Handling Stress and Overcoming Procrastination.

“Josh is known for the innovative subjects he teaches outside the University setting,” said MSCPA President Paul Nisbet, CPA.  “Hundreds of accounting professionals across the state have benefited from his realistic take on our business environment.  He’s been an invaluable asset to the MSCPA.”

Herbold, who will begin his 10th year teaching at UM this fall, said the statewide award is an honor, particularly because a major deciding factor in the award selection comes from the recommendation of former students. And Herbold didn’t run into any difficulty finding students willing to recommend his teaching abilities.

“One student overheard me asking another student for a recommendation, and they came up to me and said they’d like to write one, too,” Herbold said.

The Montana Society of CPAs is a professional association composed of more than 1,600 members worldwide. The organization’s mission is to inspire, empower and impact members to achieve professional excellence.





Contact: Joshua Herbold, associate professor, UM School of Business Administration Department of Accounting and Finance, 406-396-4075,; Margaret Herriges, communications director, Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants, 406-442-7301,