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Schlief School of


Message from the director

We are an outstanding school where student success is our most important mission. Our faculty members are involved in research and share a passion for teaching. Each year we host an Accounting Career Fair and an awards banquet that provide students opportunities for interactions with professionals. Additionally, professionals are frequently on campus as guest speakers in classes, continuing professional education programs, the Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

– Dr. Kelly Noe, CPA
Associate Professor and Director

About the School

The Schlief School of Accountancy offers several outstanding and comprehensive programs in the field of accounting. Students will learn about the concepts of financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, and information systems for accounting and management. They also will have the opportunity for hands-on, real-world learning experiences.

The school consists of 10 faculty members, one administrative assistant and two graduate assistants. The number of accounting majors in any one semester is approximately 400.

Areas of Study


  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • Five-Year BBA/MPA Program

Activities and Programs

  • beta alpha psi group photo

    Students Provide Free Tax Preparation

    Beta Alpha Psi students gained real-world experience by providing tax assistance to local residents through the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program. More than 100 forms were filed in the spring.

  • accounting scholarships

    Accounting Scholarships Awarded

    In excess of $250,000 in scholarships were awarded to accounting students at the 2015 Accounting Awards Banquet. The financial assistance will help deserving students continue to pursue their accounting degrees.

  • accounting internships

    Internships Lead to Employment

    The School of Accountancy facilitates and encourages internship opportunities for students with local, regional, and national accounting firms and businesses. The majority of students with spring 2015 internships returned with employment contracts.

Lumberjack Spotlight

  • Nicole Phifer
    Five-Year BBA/MPA Program graduate student

    Nicole Phifer, a graduate student in accountancy at the Rusche College of Business, recently received an important windfall – a $10,000 scholarship from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, a nonprofit established through the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 to oversee the audits of public companies.

    The agency’s scholarships are funded through fines assessed on accounting firms across the world. For Phifer, a 21-year-old graduate student from Rusk, the scholarship means she can focus on maintaining her 4.0 GPA, finishing out her coursework, and ramping up her CPA prep this spring. Considering that the CPA cycle can cost in excess of $3,000 – in addition to fall and spring tuition – the scholarship is not just an accolade, but an essential, enabling element of Phifer’s five-year Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Professional Accountancy program at SFA.

    Read more about her accomplishments.

    Nicole Phifer

    Nicole Phifer, recipient of a $10,000 scholarship through the
    Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

  • Stacie Shirley, accounting major, class of 1990

    Every day is “Tuesday Morning” for Stacie Shirley, a 1990 graduate of SFA’s Rusche College of Business, who since January 2016 has served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of the national retail chain with more than 700 stores in about 40 states. Shirley has myriad responsibilities at Tuesday Morning, including financial planning, budgeting, forecasting and analysis, accounting, internal auditing, cash management, capital budgeting and analysis, investor relations, and strategic leadership.

    Read more about her story.

    Stacie Shirley

    Stacie Shirley, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Tuesday Morning

  • CPA advocates for up-and-coming entrepreneurs

    First and foremost, Eric Pierre '03 is an entrepreneur. And it's in that role, as CEO of Pierre Accounting, that he hopes to achieve his biggest accomplishment — serving the needs of his clients while also inspiring minorities to pursue and achieve careers in accounting, finance, law and other distinguished professions.

    Read more in the Sawdust Magazine fall 2021 issue.

    Eric Pierre

    Eric Pierre '03
    Bachelor of Business Administration and
    a Master of Professional Accountancy through the five-year program at SFA

  • Dr. Stephanie Ross is the inaugural recipient of the Sammie Smith Professorship

    Assistant professor of accounting Dr. Stephanie Ross was awarded the Sammie Smith Professorship, created through an endowment by Professor Emeritus Dr. Sammie Smith. Ross, a Certified Public Accountant, earned her doctorate from the University of Texas at San Antonio after nearly 15 years working as an accountant and controller in the private sector. She also holds a bachelor’s in economics and finance, a master of science in accounting and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include compensation, corporate governance and auditing.​ Read more.

    Dr. Stephanie Ross

    Dr. Stephanie Ross

Want to contact the schlief school of accountancy?


    Fax: 936.468.1482


    Physical Address:
    McGee Business Building, Suite 292

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 13005, SFA Station
    Nacogdoches, Texas 75962



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