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Alumna Receives Prestigious Accounting Award

Brittany Kruse is one of 55 students nationwide to receive 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award.


Mankato, Minn. – The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) recently named Minnesota State University, Mankato alumna Brittany Kruse (pictured), a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business, one of 55 nationwide winners of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award.

The prestigious Elijah Watt Sells award was created in 1923 by the AICPA in honor of one of the first CPAs in the United States. The award recognizes outstanding performance on the Uniform CPA Examination. Award recipients must have a minimum cumulative average score of 95.5 across all four sections of the exam on their first attempt.

More than 94,154 candidates sat for the CPA exam in 2013, and Kruse’s achievement placed her in the top .0006 percent of those candidates. Among Kruse’s fellow award winners, 65 percent already had a master of accounting degree or the equivalent. Kruse was one of two award winners to complete their accounting degrees in Minnesota. The other is a University of Minnesota graduate.

Kruse, now employed with Deloitte in Minneapolis, graduated from Minnesota State Mankato’s College of Business in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance. She was named Minnesota State Mankato’s 2012 Accounting Student of the Year.

William Brown, faculty chair of Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Accounting and the director of the University’s master of accounting program, taught Kruse in an upper level business taxation course and calls her “exceptional.”

“Kruse’s award proves that the best accounting students at Minnesota State Mankato can compete with the best students in any accounting program across the nation,” said Brown.

The recent addition of Minnesota State Mankato’s master of accounting program has positioned the accounting program to provide more exceptional graduates in coming years, Brown said.

For more information about Kruse’s award, contact Elizabeth Johnson, interim director of communications and events, by phone at 507-389-5424 or by email at

For more information about the College of Business accounting programs, visit or contact William Brown by email at

The complete list of 2013 Elijah Watt Sells award recipients are published here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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