UVU Accounting Student Earns Highest Student Score On National CMA Exam
February 13, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton
John Gardner, a senior accounting major at Utah Valley University, has received the Priscilla S. Payne Student Performance Award for achieving the highest score as a university student on a national accounting exam.
ICMA® (Institute of Certified Management Accountants), the certification division of IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants), announced the leading performers on its CMA® (Certified Management Accountant) examination for the most recent testing period. More than 3,900 individuals took the exam during the May/June 2013 testing period.
The CMA program is a relevant assessment of advanced accounting and financial management knowledge in four critical areas: financial planning, analysis, control and decision support.
Gardner, who is from Eagle Mountain and will graduate in May, received his score in August but was recently notified of the award. He will receive the award in Minneapolis at the annual conference in June.
In addition to earning his bachelor’s degree, he works as a project manager for KNS International. “The owners and management see my potential and are investing in me by paying for a Master of Accounting degree starting this fall,” he said.
In addition to his endless hours of studying, Gardner said tutoring in the accounting lab at UVU was perhaps the greatest help. “I spent nearly 30 hours per week over two semesters working in the lab helping students with anything from algebra to economics,” he said. “It was really as if I took the core accounting classes three times; once when I was actually in the class, and twice more as a new group of students would enter the class each semester and look for help understanding the materials.” He said tutoring helped him connect the dots across the different topics and disciplines covered by the CMA exam.
In addition to holding the CMA designation, Gardner believes this award will help to distinguish him from the competition if he decides to try a new career path. “I also believe that it will give confidence to the owners and upper management of KNS as they give me increasing responsibilities in the company.”
“UVU has a great program and all my professors have been amazing teachers that have helped me excel in many ways,” he said.