Clemson University School of Accountancy senior lecturers Mary Ann Prater and Russell Madray have been named as two of the 100 Most Influential People in Accounting by the South Carolina Association of CPAs.

Prater and Madray were recognized at the South Carolina Association of CPAs’ 100th anniversary gala recently in Columbia.

CPAs Madray and Prater

Mary Ann Prater and Russ Madray were recognized by the state’s CPA association

Selection to the “100 Most Influential” CPAs list is determined by an individual’s commitment and impact on the CPA profession, their dedication of service and for upholding the highest standards of profession, according to the state’s professional trade association for certified public accountants.

Prater, an accountancy senior lecturer, taught at Clemson for nearly 30 years and retired in 2012. She served as an academic and career advisor to students and served as co-advisor to the Clemson Chapter of the Blue Key National Honor Society. She was the 2011 recipient of the Clemson Alumni Master Teacher Award and past chair of the Women’s Alumni Council at Clemson.

Madray, an accountancy senior lecturer at Clemson, is nationally recognized as an accounting thought leader, auditing expert, writer and advisor. He has more than 25 years of professional experience, including stints at two of the nation’s leading accounting firms. Madray received the Clemson Alumni Master Teacher Award in 2014. He serves as Scholar-in-Residence at Elliot Davis Decosimo, Greenville, and has authored several of his profession’s best-selling books.

Clemson’s accountancy program, which has held AACSB accounting accreditation since 1989, has seen a 10 percent increase in enrollment over the past two years.



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