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by Kalamalama staff

Karbens earned the 2005 Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the local Hawai‘i Society of CPAs. He is the first accounting professor from Hawai‘i to be nominated to the national award since it was created.

“ Jack has breadth in his ability to teach accounting courses,” said Dr. Warren Wee, associate dean of HPU’s College of Business Administration. “His sustained efforts to recruit and educate future accountants in addition to his participation in professional activities has been commendable and makes him very worthy of this award nomination.”

Karbens has taught about 12 courses a year for the past 38 years, for a total of about 14,000 students. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Certified in Financial Management (CFM).

Additionally, Karbens has more than 40 years of professional experience in accounting. He has worked for Caterpillar Tractor Company, Natural Gas Company of America, the State of California, and KPMG (formerly Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, CPAs).

Karbens is a member of several community groups and has held various leadership positions in a number of professional accounting organizations including the American Accounting Association, American Institute of CPAs, Hawai‘i Society of CPAs, Institute of Management Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, Financial Executives International, and Hawai‘i Board of Accountancy.

Karbens earned his two undergraduate degrees at Morton College and Bradley University, both in Illinois. He earned his Master of Education Administration, and doctorate degrees at UH-Manoa.


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