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In Memoriam: Professor Kerry Jacobs

Professor Kerry Jacobs.Professor Kerry Jacobs late of University of New South Wales Canberra was a leading international researcher in public sector accounting and accountability. He was an associate editor and great supporter of AAAJ, its APIRA conferences and its international community.

Hailing from New Zealand and an Edinburgh University PhD, he became a leading figure in Australian academe. He was appointed a Professor at the age of 35. His many books and papers on public sector accountability and governance have made a profound contribution to our discipline. We mourn his passing as a fine scholar and caring mentor to so many in our global academic community. Most of all, we will remember him as an energetic, engaging and caring man of faith. His influence on all of us will endure. We are very saddened that his time among us just fell short of his 50th birthday.

His research interests were focused on issues of public sector accountability, governance, audit, financial management and reform, particularly the relationship between accounting and politics. Kerry has always been active in engagement with the profession and practice. He served on the editorial board for a range of academic and professional journals on accounting and accountability and has provided international training and consulting in these areas.

Kerry had been honoured as a fellow of the CAANZ and published over 40 papers and contributed to 5 different books concerning different aspects of public sector accountability and governance. Engagement of researchers with policy and practice communities in these sectors tends to be at a highly individualised level. Kerry served on audit and risk committees for the States of Victoria and Queensland Auditor-General offices, and worked with Professor Lee Parker and with the co-operation of all Auditor Generals in Australia, investigating trends in performance audit policy and practice. He also delivered public sector management seminars, judged public sector accountant and annual reporting awards, and gave periodic media interviews on public sector matters.

The academic community and the profession will sadly miss such a fine colleague who served us all with such distinction.

Prof. James Guthrie (Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Macquarie University)
Prof. Lee Parker (Distinguished Professor of Accounting RMIT University,
Research Professor of Accounting, the University of Glasgow)
Joint founding editors Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal