Rose Decosimo was selected as the Beta Alpha Psi Accountant of the Year for 2008 by the Eta Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Beta Alpha Psi is a professional, international honors organization for accounting, finance, and information systems majors. Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction and networking among students, faculty and professionals.
Dr. Marilyn Willis and her former student, Rose Decosimo.
(Photo by Philip Witt)
“Ms. Decosimo is being recognized for her many years of service to the accounting profession as well as her exemplary dedication to and promotion of the Chattanooga community,” said Dr. Stan Davis, Guerry Associate Professor of Accounting and Head of the Departments of Accounting and Finance. “She has been involved in local professional and civic organizations since joining Joseph Decosimo & Company almost 20 years ago.”
Decosimo received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee and worked for several years as a registered nurse in San Francisco and Chattanooga. In 1988, she earned her MBA with an emphasis in accounting from UTC.
For two decades, Decosimo has worked as a Certified Public Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, and the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association. She also is an active member of the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, the Mountain City Club, Rotary Club, and the Women’s Leadership Institute.
In addition to serving as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, Decosimo serves on the boards of the Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, Youth Leadership Chattanooga, WTCI Community Advisory Board (chairperson), Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy charter school, and Young Women’s Leadership Academy Foundation. Her past civic service activities include (but are not limited to) serving on the UTC’s Chancellor’s Roundtable, United Way of Greater Chattanooga Campaign Cabinet, and the Chattanooga Urban League.
The presentation of the Beta Alpha Psi Accountant of the Year award to Rose Decosimo was made by Dr. Marilyn Willis, Associate Professor of Accounting at UTC and a former teacher of Decosimo.