Dr. Calvin Kent, Vice President for Business and Economic
Research, was awarded the designation of Assessment Administration Specialist (AAS)
at the annual meeting of the International Association of Assessors (IAAO) Sept.
20 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Kent was only the 155th person to receive this designation in the 75-year history of the international organization. The IAAO designation “… recognizes professionalism and competency in administration of a variety of functions for property tax purposes.”
The designation is granted based on more than 200 hours of graded coursework and preparation of a major research project. Kent’s project concerned the property taxation of severed mineral interests in the United States.
Kent is a Senior National Instructor for the IAAO and has conducted courses in many states besides West Virginia. He teaches the advanced courses in property appraisal and administration with a special emphasis on mass appraisal and statistical procedures for property valuation. IAAO has also certified him as a general property appraiser.
For the past five years Kent has been a member of the West Virginia Property Valuation and Training Commission. The commission is responsible for the development of appraisal policy in the state as well as supervising the quality of assessing in the state’s 55 counties.
He served as vice chair of Gov. Cecil Underwood’s “Tax Fairness Commission” and as a member of Gov. Joe Manchin’s “Tax Modernization Project.” In the latter position, he chaired the sub-committee on Property Taxation and Local Finance. He has served as an adviser to the West Virginia Legislature on property taxation, education, public health and municipal organization.
At Marshall Kent heads the Center for Business and Economic Research and the BB&T Center for the Advancement of American Capitalism, and holds the Elizabeth McDowell Lewis Distinguished Chair in Business. He has published more than 100 articles in major journals as well as seven books and major legislative reports.
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