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Ed-Arnold_webDr. Keren H. Deal, CPA, CGFM, is a Professor of Accounting for the School of Accountancy at Auburn University at Montgomery.  Dr. Deal has been with AUM since 2000 and is the Director of the State of Alabama Accounting Initiative Training Program. Prior to her AUM appointment, she worked with the State of Alabama from 1986 – 2000.  Her research focuses on municipal bankruptcy and fiscal health in governments and she has published articles in theJournal of Government Financial Management, Journal of Business and Economic Perspectives, International Journal of Business, Accounting, and Finance, and Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management.   Her research has been recognized and quoted by several outlets including Bloomberg News, National Public Radio Service, CNN Money, Alabama Media Group, and Dow Jones Newswires and shared in publications, training events, and legislation by the National Federation of Municipal Analysts, Public Sector Credit Organization, Goldman Sachs, Loop Capital Markets, State of Ohio Auditor, Alabama State Senate, Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the Government Accounting Standards Board.  She is the Immediate Past President of the Government Financial Officers Association of Alabama (GFOAA), past Regional Vice President for the Gulf Region of the Association of Government Accountants (AGA), past President and current member of the Chapter Executive Committee for the Association of Government Accountants – Montgomery chapter, frequent lecturer to the Alabama Association of School Business Officials Chief Financial School Officers and Local School Financial Managers, and a past Treasurer to Boy Scout Troop 111 chartered under Trinity United Methodist in Prattville, Alabama.  She has served as Vice Chair of the Journal of Government Financial Managementeditorial board (2013 – 2016), member of the JGFM editorial board (2016-2018), member of the AGA Ethics Board (2013 – 2017), and member of the AGA Higher Education Committee (2011 – 2018).  She is the 2018 recipient of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants (ASCPA) Outstanding Educator Award for the state of Alabama and has also received the AGA National President’s Award (2011), and the AUM College of Business Teaching Award (2016), Research Award (2016), and Service Award (2015).