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Career Achievements

Two outstanding awards were presented during the 2015 FAD Fall Kick-off on August 27, 2015.  The first was the inaugural Annual Friends of Accounting Distinguished Alumni Award.  The recipient was unanimously chosen by a special committee consisting of the most recent seven FAD Chairs and was presented by Dave Lewis.  The 2015 recipient of this first-time award was Wayne Ledbetter.

Wayne Ledbetter graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration in 1979.  He began his career serving his country in the U.S. Air Force for a number of years before receiving an honorable discharge.  While in the military, he was instrumental in establishing two chapters of the American Society of Military Comptrollers.  Upon entering the private sector, he worked in various capacities in industry primarily for businesses headquartered in South Carolina and obtained his Master's Degree in Business Administration.  He has a commitment to service and has demonstrated that commitment through decades of involvement and leadership in the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), including serving on the ICMA Board of Regents.  He also volunteers his time and efforts on behalf of the University of South Carolina and local non-profit organizations in the Columbia area including the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  For his dedication to advancing the accounting profession, his service to his community, and his commitment to the University of South Carolina, the Darla Moore School of Business, and the School of Accounting, the FAD Board was pleased to present the inaugural Friends of Accounting of the University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumni Award to E. Wayne Ledbetter, Jr.

The second award presented at the FAD Fall Kick-off was the Center for the Advancement of Accounting (CAA) Lifetime Achievement Award.  The recipient of the CAA Lifetime Achievement Award is chosen by the CAA Board (Stan Smith, director; Drew Newman, David Johnson and Bob Szymanski, faculty members; Graham Hougthen, II of Specialty Woodworks, Inc.; Robert Parsons, CFO of Masburn Construction Company; and Aaron Lawrence, Controller of Zeus Metals) based upon a "lifetime of dedicated service to the profession of accounting [that] is exemplary and noteworthy."  Recipients are selected from among all areas of life including business, education, government, and not-for-profit.  Dr. Robert A. Leitch was the recipient of the 2015 award.

Robert "Al" Leitch is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the School of Accounting at the University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business and former director of the Center for the Advancement of Accounting.  He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell University, master's degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.

In retirement, Dr. Leitch continues to conduct research on various accounting topics with faculty and PhD students.  Dr. Leitch's research interests include information systems development, cost management systems, analytical review procedures, and statistical sampling.  He has published articles in various journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Management Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrica, Decision Sciences, Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Accounting Literature, and Management Accounting Research.  He has also co-authored two books in accounting information systems and in management information systems.

Before coming to the University of South Carolina, Dr. Leitch was a faculty member at the University of Georgia, the University of Alabama, and Virginia Tech.  He was a visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition, he was Associate Dean of the College of Business at the University of Georgia and Director of the School of Accounting at the University of Alabama.

Upon retirement, Dr. Leitch took up painting (oils, watercolors and pastels) and has received various art awards, been featured at multiple showings, and serves on a variety of art boards.  His work can be found at Al Leitch Fine Art.