Alumni profile: George James

Karen Joyce Ang Consulting Associate, PwC Philippines February 2014

“My first choice for a vocation was to become a priest. However, thinking that I have a different calling, I decided to take another course. Since my parents are CPAs, the choice was easy.” George James followed the footsteps of his parents and pursued number-crunching.

He took up accountancy at one of the premier universities in Manila. Upon graduating magna cum laude and passing the board exams in 2001, George joined the then Joaquin Cunanan & Co. As a young auditor, he immersed himself in the holistic training of the firm where he further developed personal values that shaped his well-founded professional work ethics. George greatly appreciated the positive working environment in the firm where colleagues treated each other like family.

Armed with almost three years of technical experience, George pursued a long-time passion: teaching. In 2004, he left the firm and rejoined his Alma Matter as a professor. He was also tapped to teach at the Review School of Accountancy.

George was appointed Chair of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) College of Accountancy from 2011 to 2013. Under his term, the accountancy program consistently maintained its high passing rate in the board exams and produced a notable roster of topnotchers. Also in 2011, he was appointed by the Board of Accountancy to chair the Revision Committee for Auditing Problems. He also became a member of the revision committee for Auditing Theory whose work was to revise the syllabus for the CPA licensure exams. The syllabus revision has already been completed but has yet to take effect on future licensure examination.

George has authored textbooks in Basic Accounting and Auditing Theory. He is also a sought-after lecturer in various schools.

George wants to contribute not only to the academe but also to the professional practice of accountancy. He aims to see a closer connection between auditing firms and accountancy colleges so that college professors can practice public accounting and impart practical knowledge to their students. This, he believes, will greatly improve the method of teaching and learning in accountancy.

George is first and foremost a family man. Married to Argelyn, they have two sons, Jude Isaac and John Abram. They are expecting a third child to add to their growing family.

In his spare time, Georg indulges in music, movies, photography, Japanese animation, history and the humanities, all of which he enjoys with his wife and kids.

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