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NCACPA Bestows Highest Honor on Scott Showalter with CPA Pinnacle Award

Poole College's Scott Showalter

The North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA) awarded Scott Showalter, professor of practice in accounting and director of the Jenkins Master of Accounting Program, with the CPA Pinnacle Award, the highest honor bestowed by the NCACPA Executive Committee. 

Showalter has been a member of the NCACPA since March 2010 and has served on multiple task forces since 2016: Board of Directors Governance and Effectiveness, NCACPA Vision and Mission, Diversity and Inclusion, and, most recently, Committee Restructure Task Force.

“I can’t think of anyone who deserves this award more than Scott,” said Kathy Krawczyk, professor of accounting. “He is so dedicated to the accounting profession, to the NCACPA, and to the accounting program and students at NC State University. I am honored to work with Scott – I honestly don’t know where he finds the time to contribute all that he does, but I am so glad that he does!”

Showalter served on the Board of Directors twice, once from 2016 to 2018 and 2018 to 2020. He stepped up to serve as chairman after the untimely passing of former chair, Bill Ezzell. As a personal friend and colleague of Ezzell’s, having worked together on the AICPA Pathways Commission, Showalter indicated it was both an honor and privilege to attempt to carry on Ezzell’s legacy.

“I have enjoyed working with the NCACPA leadership, staff and volunteers,” said Showalter. “I have made many new friends over the years; the recognition was unexpected, but appreciated.”

As the current director of the Jenkins Master of Accounting Program at NC State, Showalter continues to be a major influence in the accounting education sector on a state, national and international basis. He has been recognized for his teaching excellence by receiving several awards, including the University Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher Award and University Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension. 

Prior to joining Poole College of Management, Showalter was an audit partner with KPMG LLP, where he completed his 33-year career in July 2008.