Former Global CEO to Return to USU on Nov. 16

This was originally released to the press Nov. 10, 2011.

Huntsman School of Business Graduate to Speak at Dean’s Convocation

The former global CEO of the largest professional services firm in the world, a company that had revenues of $26.6 billion, is coming back to Utah State University.

Jim Quigley, who graduated in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Jon. M. Huntsman School of Business, is a senior partner at Deloitte & Touche, and the company’s former global CEO. Quigley will speak Nov. 16 at 12:30 p.m. at a Dean’s Convocation in the Orson A. Christensen Auditorium (room 215) of the George S. Eccles Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Quigley has been with Deloitte for 37 years and was elected global CEO for a four-year term from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, Deloitte became the largest professional services firm in the world, with 170,000 employees in 150 countries and revenues of $26.6 billion.

Quigley’s presentation is called “As One: Independent Action – Collective Power,” which is also the title of a book he co-authored with Mehrdad Baghai. The book is considered required reading this year for students at the Huntsman School of Business.

He was named by “Accounting Today” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Accounting” for three consecutive years. Recognized within the business community, he has testified before the House Committee on Financial Services about reducing the likelihood of fraud and restoring investor confidence in the United States. Utah State University recognized him with an honorary doctor of business degree in 2008.

Dean Douglas D. Anderson said Quigley is considered “a legend at USU.”

“He is one of the nation’s most recognized spokesmen for honesty, integrity and ethics in the corporate world today,” he said. “He continues to play an enormously important role in setting the standards of the accounting profession and helping to raise those standards.”


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