University of Tennessee

Alumna Appointed CEO of American Accounting Association

October 1, 2020

The American Accounting Association (AAA) has named Yvonne Hinson as its new chief executive officer. Hinson (CPA, CGMA) received her Ph.D. in accounting from the Haslam College of Business in 1997.

“Yvonne brings both her academic accounting background and her experience working with the AICPA to the AAA,” said Terry Shevlin, AAA president. “The former means she is fully aware of member needs in their research and teaching duties. The latter provides a strong link to the accounting profession.”

Hinson said she looks forward to leading an organization that has been a part of her life since the 1970s.

“I attended AAA meetings as a child with my father, and then AAA became my professional home as an academic,” she said. “The idea of supporting them in this way after all the support I have received from them is very exciting.”

Prior to assuming the role on September 8, Hinson served as vice president – academic in residence for the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA), where she led CPA and CGMA academic and student initiatives in the United States and worked with CPA and CGMA academics across the globe. She currently serves on the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) education panel and IFAC directors panel for the AICPA, as well as the accounting accreditation committee and accounting accreditation policy committee for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). She is an appointed member of the federal government’s Cost Accounting Standards Board (CASB).

Hinson began her accounting career with Arthur Andersen and spent most of her academic career at Wake Forest University, where she served as a faculty member, director of graduate studies, director of accountancy and dean of Charlotte programs. She has served on numerous academic and community committees and nonprofit boards, and is a past president of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and past chair of the AAA membership advisory committee. Her research has been published in both academic and practitioner journals. 

As CEO, Hinson replaces Tracey Sutherland, who recently retired as executive director of the AAA after more than 23 years of service. During the hiring process, the AAA board changed the position title from executive director to chief executive officer to more accurately reflect the job’s responsibilities as well as current practices in scholarly societies and professional organizations. As Hinson transitions into her new role, Sutherland will continue in an advisory capacity until January 15, 2021.

Hinson will lead the AAA in supporting its members’ education and research efforts, hosting more than 50 meetings annually and publishing the world’s broadest and deepest collection of accounting scholarship. AAA leaders said Hinson can make a meaningful difference at a time when both the accounting profession and higher education are experiencing dramatic transformations. 

About the AAA

The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, the AAA has a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of its membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, the AAA shapes the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring the organization’s position as thought leaders in accounting.


Stacy Estep, business writer/publicist,