White Nelson Diehl Evans headquarters in Irvine, CaliforniaWhen Southern Californians need accounting services, chances are at least some of the professionals involved will be Cal State Fullerton accounting Titans.

That’s because accounting firms in Orange County and beyond – from offices of the Big Four firms to boutique establishments and family-owned practices – rely on the college’s versatile and diverse graduates for the next generation of talent.

Titan Grads Are a Majority at White Nelson Diehl Evans

Accounting alumnus Paul Treinen ’90, a managing partner at White Nelson Diehl Evens LLP, an Irvine-based tax and auditing firm, conducted an internal survey of the accountants on his staff and found that 60% were Cal State Fullerton graduates.

“We’ve had a long tradition of hiring Fullerton grads, but I was surprised at how high the percentage was,” he says.

As vice chair of the audit committee of Cal State Fullerton’s Philanthropic Foundation board, Treinen sponsored a lunch where his employees discussed their Titan experiences with CSUF President Fram Virjee and faculty members from Mihaylo College.

President Virjee said the high percentage of Cal State Fullerton grads didn’t surprise him, and demonstrates the impact of the university on the Orange County community.

“When I speak with CEOs in Orange County, I’m often told, ‘About half of our workforce consists of Titans. I’ll take a Titan any day,’” he says. “We need Orange County and the county needs us. With almost 300,000 alumni, many of whom stay in Orange County and Southern California, the university reflects the community and prepares students to be workforce ready.”

For More Information

Read more, including the testimonials of several Mihaylo alumni working at White Nelson, in this CSUF News article.

Run an accounting firm and suspect a lot of your staff are Titan grads? Consider doing your own survey. And then reach out to the Department of Accounting at accountingdept@fullerton.edu with your results. We’d love to know!

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