Penn State Signs Top Junior College Wideout

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Holding an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, retired retail executive Reid Hackney most recently served as a vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney is an avid college football fan and closely follows his alma mater.

Penn State football picked up a junior college standout after a single visit in early June. The Nittany Lions brought Lackawanna College wideout Norval Black in for a workout and liked him so much they offered him a scholarship on the spot. Black didn’t take long to think about it and accepted the offer immediately. Penn State was the only FBS (Division I) school to offer the junior college wide receiver a spot.

In his freshman season with Lackawanna, the 6’1 wideout hauled in 15 catches for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns. Black played his high school football at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. After his visit, he said he felt like Penn State was “home” the second he set foot on the campus.

Accounting Research Opportunities at Penn State


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A retired financial executive based in San Antonio, Texas, Reid Hackney spent five years as vice president and chief financial officer of A’GACI, LLC. Before launching his career in finance, Reid Hackney earned his bachelor of science in accounting from Penn State.

At the Penn State Smeal College of Business, students in the undergraduate accounting program enjoy access to a number of unique research opportunities in accounting. Faculty members in the Smeal Accounting Department investigate topics ranging from alternative accounting standards and forecasting to auditors’ opinion decisions during times of financial stress. Faculty members have also conducted extensive research into employee stock options, analyzing the taxation, valuation, and compensation aspects of various programs.

Every year in May, Penn State hosts the invitational Accounting Research Conference. The conference includes six in-depth presentations from junior and senior academics who discuss their latest research projects with students, colleagues, and invited accounting scholars.

To learn more about research opportunities at the Penn State Smeal College of Business, visit