Recent Niagara University graduate Qundray Gray is one of eight individuals from all over the world chosen for a prestigious leadership award by the Institute of Management Accountants.
IMA is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals in business. It was founded in 1919 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Gray, as part of the award, will have his expenses covered to attend IMA’s global board of directors’ meetings in San Diego Feb. 16-18. There, he will have opportunities to participate in sessions and offer feedback from a student’s perspective to the 53 members of the organization’s board of directors, which is comprised of senior-level academic and professional executives.
In addition, Gray’s award will be acknowledged on the IMA website and in Strategic Finance magazine, the organization’s flagship publication.
To be eligible for IMA’s Student Leadership Experience, candidates must possess a 3.5 GPA (or higher) while studying finance, business or related degree, receive a letter of recommendation, and submit an essay on leadership.
Gray, who received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from NU in May, is employed as an accountant at Dopkins & Company LLP in Buffalo. A member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, Gray has already earned credentials as a certified management accountant and is working toward the certified public accountant designation.
“My Niagara University education prepared me for success in many ways,” said Gray, a native of Niagara Falls, N.Y. “The rigorous accounting program shapes students into great individuals as well as great young professionals. Niagara does a great job with preparing its students, no matter their career path. Going to Niagara, and staying close to home, was one of the best decision I have made so far in my young life.”