James Will, '98

B.S. in Accounting, M.S. in Accounting

Do you feel like you made any concessions to come to a school that is reasonably priced? 
Absolutely not!  I feel as though I received a great education at a reasonable price!

How was your faith been strengthened and perhaps even challenged during your time here?
As a Catholic attending Grove City College I learned a lot about the many different Christian traditions of the students, faculty, and staff of the College.

Overall, how would you describe the spiritual environment at Grove City College? 
Grove City College is a school that does not shy away from its Christian faith and tradition of embracing freedom. These two pillars of Grove City College are evident in virtually everything that happens on campus.

How would you describe the level of academics you experienced during your time at Grove City College?
The academics at Grove City College are excellent! I was certainly well prepared to start my career!

How do the academics challenge students to think on a deeper level about the world and life in general?
The value of a Grove City College liberal arts education is not simply (in my case) the value of learning the debits and credits of the accounting rules. The real value is in developing one’s ability to continuously learn, to think creatively, to communicate clearly, to write convincingly, and to learn and pursue your vocational calling.

What is the relationship like between the students and the professors?
All of my professors at Grove City College took a genuine interest in my success and were willing to invest as much time as necessary to see me reach my goals. 

What is your favorite aspect of Grove City College?
My favorite aspect of Grove City College is its ability to remain steadfast to its mission of academic excellence in a Christian environment while safeguarding its institutional autonomy.

What advice would you give to an incoming student?
Have fun but study hard! 

About Jim
Jim is a PwC Assurance Partner. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Jim was raised to understand the importance of the Midwestern values he experienced every day: the value of hard work, family, and faith. 

Jim’s early fascination with international places, cultures and international business, sparked during a High School trip to Mexico, quickly led him back to Mexico for a college study abroad experience and to volunteer for any and all overseas travel when he joined PwC in 1998. Upon joining PwC Jim traveled extensively while learning both the audit side of the public accounting profession and his client’s businesses in the metals, mining and manufacturing sectors. In fact, for a period of seven years he worked extensively in Guinea, West Africa.  Additional client responsibilities as Jim’s career progressed included significant overseas work in other developing Eastern European economies. 

More recently, Jim completed a two year stint to PwC Russia where he worked in Moscow in PwC’s Energy, Utilities & Mining practice and was responsible for leading both the group and statutory audits of the Russian operations of US SEC registrants and Russian companies in the manufacturing and petroleum markets. Jim considered himself lucky that his client responsibilities in Russia included significant travel throughout Siberia and other parts of the Russian Federation, including trips to client sites in the arctic circle!

Since relocating from Moscow to Akron, Jim’s current role includes the coordination of audit work and the delivery of professional services to multinational manufacturing companies, the review of his clients’ implementation of new accounting standards, close coordination with the PwC National Office on emerging issues, and assisting his clients meet their needs in conjunction with capital market transactions. 

Jim is excited that his current role still keeps him interacting with others around the world on a daily basis. More importantly, Jim is excited that throughout all his global travels and work experience he has remained true to the Midwestern values that underlie his approach to working with his clients, while being able to provide a uniquely global perspective on these the issues they face. Jim’s clients appreciate Jim’s candid, frank, no-surprises approach to working through their accounting issues.

Jim, and his wife and two children, live in Hudson Ohio. Jim is on the Board of Directors of Lifebanc, which has been saving and healing lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation for transplantation for over 30 years. Jim is dedicated to educating our community about the vital need for more registered organ, eye and tissue donors and to pursing a future when the decision to donate is an honor.

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