Christopher Cox, the 28th chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will present the 2011 Arthur A. Volk Accounting Symposium/Ethics Lecture at the University of South Dakota at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre.
Cox, an accomplished lawmaker and reformer, will speak about the complex regulatory environment and its long-term impact on business. He addresses the current economic climate from the point of view of someone who understands the need for free markets, fiscal responsibility, and a robust U.S. business community.
As chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Cox made vigorous enforcement of the securities laws a top priority. He brought groundbreaking cases against a variety of market abuses, including hedge fund insider trading, stock options backdating, fraud aimed at senior citizens and securities scams on the Internet.
Cox spent 17 years in Congress where he served in the majority leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1994 he was appointed by President Clinton to the bipartisan commission on entitlement and tax reform. From 1986 until 1988, Cox served as senior associate counsel to President Reagan. Today, he is a partner at the Corporate, M&A and Securities Group at Bingham McCutchen and a principal at the Bingham Consulting Group. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.
Made possible by the Volk Symposium Fund and the Beacom Opportunity Fund, Cox's lecture is free and open to the public. This event is also sponsored by The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business and USD's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honors fraternity for financial information professionals.
The Volk Symposium honors the legacy of Arthur A. Volk, who joined the USD faculty in 1948. During his 36-year tenure at USD, he taught every accounting course offered by the school as well as other business courses. The Symposium was established as a fund to bring together students, academicians and business leaders for discussion of current topics of interest.