Kendall L. Simmonds, Sr.

KENDALL L. SIMMONDS Professor of Clinical Accounting Director, Summer Leadership Program (SLP) Leventhal School of Accounting Marshall School of Business University of Southern California Email address:   Professor Kendall Simmonds has been a fulltime faculty member at The Leventhal School of Accounting for eighteen years. His area of interest is financial accounting with emphasis in real estate investment trusts. Professor Simmonds has held various administrative positions in both the Marshall School of Business and The Leventhal School of Accounting. He has served as the Academic Director of the Marshall Honors Program and is currently the Director of Leventhal School’s Summer Leadership Program. Professor Simmonds’ teaching assignments range from introductory undergraduate financial and managerial to graduate level financial accounting.   He has also served as faculty advisor for several student organizations including the Black Business Students’ Association (BBSA), The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), The Leventhal School of Accounting’s Accounting Society.    Simmonds has also been a part-time lecturer at The University of California, Los, Angeles’, Extension Program for at least ten years.   Professor Simmonds’ work experience includes seven years as an auditor and three years as a tax consultant with the Certified Public Accounting Firm of Deloitte. Some of his clients included Dean Witter, Homestake Mining and Kaiser Aluminum. He also has over fourteen years experience in commercial bank lending and five years investment banking where he worked as a financial analysis. He frequently serves as an expert witness in small business litigation.   During his tenure at The University of Southern California, Professor Simmonds has received several awards including the prestigious Marshall Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has been recognized by The National Association of Black Accountants as an Outstanding Professor and Advisor. Other awards include the USC-Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring; The Evan C. Thompson Faculty Mentoring and Leadership Award and Mortar Board recognition from graduating seniors for his excellence in teaching.   His external community service ranges from participating in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Faculty University and the Deloitte International Case Competition. Most recently, Professor served as panel moderator in USC’s Twenty-Seventh Annual Securities and Exchange Commission and Financial Reporting Institute Conference. Professor Simmonds is serving his last year as Polemarch (President) of the Ventura Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is the faculty advisor for the USC undergraduate chapter.   He completed his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley and is a member of several professional organizations. He was born on the island of St. Kitts, West Indies and migrated to the United States in 1958. Simmonds is a veteran of the U.S. military where he reached the rank of major in the reserves.   While his hobbies have included playing and coaching soccer, Professor Simmonds has recently shifted his attention to his five-month old grandson, Kendall III.
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