Among notable CPAs in South Carolina history, Dr. Joseph L. “Joe” Boyd (certificate No. 572) is believed to be the first African-American CPA in South Carolina in 1971. At the University of South Carolina, he earned his B.S. in Accounting (1969), a Master of Accountancy (1976) and a Ph.D. in Accounting with a minor in Tax and Tax Law (1977). He went on to a distinguished career in academics and became dean of Texas Southern University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business.

Louis Wilson Buck (certificate No. 794) is believed to be the first African-American member of SCACPA, joining in 1974. After retiring from the Army and after passing the CPA Exam in 1974, he began a 27-year career as associate professor of accounting at the University of the District of Columbia. He now resides in North Las Vegas, Nevada, and is a retired lifetime member of SCACPA.

Timothy “Tim” Randolph McConnell (certificate No. 1099) owned and operated the first African-American-owned CPA firm in the state, T.R. McConnell and Co., and went on to serve as president and CEO of Victory Savings Bank, the first and for many years the only black-owned bank in South Carolina. He earned his CPA license in 1976 and joined SCACPA in 1989. During his lifetime, he served an appointment as Tax Commissioner and received the Order of the Palmetto from Gov. Carroll Campbell. You can read more about McConnell’s life at https://scafricanamerican.com/honorees/timothy-r-mcconnell/.

The South Carolina Association of CPAs would like to thank these men for their exceptional years of service to the profession.

Source: Based on information in SCACPA’s History of South Carolina CPAs, 1915-2015