Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy

Preparing Accounting Professionals to Shape the Global Business Environment

The school is named after Dr. Charles W. Lamden, who was the driving force in the founding of SDSU's College of Business Administration in 1955 and served as the college's first dean from 1955 to 1965. The school was the first accounting program in California and one of the first in the U.S. to gain accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in 1982.

We have three active students organizations on campus—ALPFABeta Alpha Psi, and Student Accounting Society—and SDSU's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), which has operated on campus for over 20 years and prepares over 800 individual federal and state tax returns each year.

Founder of SDSU's Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy

Our vision is to promote an educational environment worthy of students’ and the accounting profession’s trust through:

  • Rigorous and engaging academic programs that enable students to acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the global field of accounting
  • Core values of the accounting profession—ethics, technical competence, communication, and global perspective—embedded throughout our academic programs to provide the foundation for our students to positively affect the dynamic business environment
  • Research and interactions with the business community that benefit our students and extend our reach to academics and professionals around the world.

Read our 2022-2023 Annual Highlights Report to see all that we have accomplished.

A position of involvement, support, and commitment to educational excellence.

The purpose of the Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) is to serve as a bridge between the business community and the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy (the School).  The specific objectives of the LAB are to:

  • Promote opportunities for students to enrich their education through interactions with business professionals, internships, as well as facilitate job-seeking activities;
  • Provide guidance on curriculum and academic programs;
  • Support the solicitation and cultivation of private philanthropic support for the School;
  • Connect faculty with the business community to increase the impact of their research and teaching; and
  • Provide input on the continuous strategic planning of the School and how the School can enhance its impact on various stakeholder groups
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Lindsay & Brownell, CPAsFounding Partner'95 MSA

Stephen J. Brownell

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Board ChairBDO Seidman, LLP(Retired) San Diego Office Managing Partner'82 Accounting

Lee Duran

Lightfully BehavioralHealth CFO'86 Accountancy

Blaine Faulkner

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Holthouse Carlin & Van Tright LLPPartner'89 Accounting

Victor J. Gonzalez

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Ernst & Young LLPPartner, Assurance & Advisory Business Services'86 Accounting

Mike Howard

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Lamden Family TrustPresident

Dr. William Lamden

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Joe Strain

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RSM US LLPWest Market Leader'92 Accounting, '93 MST

Sam Mascareno

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ShopCore PropertiesExecutive Vice President & CFO'88 Accounting

James Nakagawa

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West Rhode & RobertsPartner'93 Accounting

Cheryl Rhode

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Moss Adams LLP, Not-for-profit Services GroupPartner'91 Accounting

Laura Roos

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PwCTax Partner'87 Accounting

Rick Rosas

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Baker TillyTax Partner & Tax Practice Leader (SD & OC)Friend

Keith Troutman

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DeloitteAudit & Assurance Managing Director

Jane Chau

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Sempra EnergySenior VP, Controller & Chief Accounting OfficerFriend

Peter R. Wall

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KPMGPartner'04 Accounting

Ryan Kennedy

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Formerly Senior VP at SAICRetired Financial Executive & Educator

Paul Sager

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PetcoVP & Controller'02 Accounting

Camille Alexander



As a CalCPA 100% Membership School, our full-time and part-time students who have never been a licensed CPA, nor achieved a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply for free student membership.

Accountancy Programs

The Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy offers bachelors and masters degree programs, including a combined 4+1 bachelors-masters (BMACC) program. Our degree programs prepare students to meet the education requirements for the CPA exam and other professional accounting examinations

Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy alumni have gone on to either found or serve in executive level positions in Big 4 accounting firms as well as companies such as Volcom, Qualcomm, SAIC, Sempra Energy, San Diego Zoo, WD-40, Taylor Guitars, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Karl Strauss Brewery. 

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