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Introducing Andrew Newman

Andrew Newman joined the School of Accounting in Fall 2013, teaching  ACCT 502 – Advanced Cost/Managerial Accounting.  He earned his Masters in Accountancy at the University of Alabama in 1998 and his PhD in Accounting at Georgia State University in 2009.  Before joining us at the University of South Carolina, Drew taught at the University of Pittsburgh for four years. 

When Drew was pursing his bachelor degree, he knew that he wanted to major in business.  His college roommates were accounting majors and in talking with them he realized that accounting was a good career path.  With his mother working as an elementary music teacher and his father holding a PhD in Chemistry, education has always been an option Drew considered.  All in all, it makes sense that he has become an accounting professor.

While internships are “standard fare” for most accounting students, Drew chose to complete his internship by spending a summer working in the accounting department of a lodge in Glacier National Park rather than pursuing a Big 6 (at the time) internship.  He describes this opportunity as “one of the best decisions I ever made.”

Prior to pursing his PhD, Drew worked at Ernst & Young from 1998 – 2000 as a staff auditor.  He worked in both the Birmingham and Atlanta offices.   He also worked at Zapmedia, an internet software firm, as a financial analyst and “jack of all trades” accountant. 

Drew is a native of Montgomery, AL and his wife, Kelly Meeks, is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the Darla Moore School of Business with a degree in Management Information Systems.  They met in Atlanta in 2001 through mutual friends.  Neither are strangers to the South, so it is not unusual that they would want to return.    They have one daughter, Layla, who is two years old.  Drew enjoys cooking, travel, hiking, camping, and SEC football.  He is particularly handy with a smoker and claims to make some pretty tasty BBQ.  When asked about his BBQ style, Drew claims that it is “A blend of my ketchup based Bama roots and my wife's vinegar based SC roots. Definitely no mustard!”  Sounds like a unique treat!  When not reading Curious George books to Layla, he and his family are enjoying Lake Murray.  They have one pet, Sierra, who is a six year old Swiss mountain dog mix.

- Written by Tom Hughes, Lecturer, School of Accounting and Cynthia Parker