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TU student earns CPA certification

When Warren Ballard realized that he wanted to become a certified public accountant, he enrolled at Thomas University. Ballard had taken classes at North Georgia College and State University. When his mother was diagnosed with cancer, Ballard and his wife moved back to his hometown of Thomasville in order to help.

Once back in Thomasville, Ballard decided to complete his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Accounting at Thomas University. He graduated in 2012.

“Getting that degree was a great stepping stone that set me up for a lifetime of success,” Ballard said. “Being at TU in the accounting program gave me the chance to progress in my career.”

After graduation he began working with Fletcher and Associates in Thomasville. Then Ballard began taking graduate level business. Once he completed the 30 additional hours required to become licensed as a CPA, Ballard took the exam and passed.

In June, Ballard began working with Ira Higdon Grocery Company in Cairo as a controller.

“Warren was a dedicated and hard-working student,” said Dr. Alison Riley, Associate Professor of Business. “His dedication has clearly paid off, and he deserves the success he is enjoying.”

Riley was one of Ballard’s main professors within the accounting program.

“Dr. Riley in particular has a gift for teaching accounting,” he said. “She takes a lot of complex accounting theory and puts it in a way that’s easy to grasp and understand.”

For other accounting students, Ballard offers a bit of advice.

“Make sure you study,” he said. “You may not understand why you’re taking some classes. The material is useful, but you also gain the skills for analyzing data and recognizing trends. You train your brain to think a certain way that helps with public accounting and business in general.”

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