Charles Caudill Speer, M.B.A.



Patti Levine-Brown, “Charles Caudill Speer, M.B.A.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed April 24, 2024,

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Charles Caudill Speer, M.B.A.


Appalachian State University
Universities and colleges--Faculty


Patti Levine-Brown




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus of Accounting Charles C. Speer (January 20, 1945-) was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee. He and his wife, Daphne, are the parents of four children: Laura, Amy, Christian, and Andy. Speer received his B.S. degree (1966) and his M.B.A. degree (1968) in accounting from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City. His professional career began with Beaunit Fibers in Elizabethton, Tennessee, where he worked in the accounts payable division. During the summers of 1967 and 1968, he was an auditor for Blackburn & Childers, CPA of Johnson City. From 1968 to 1970, in addition to being on the faculty at Steed College in Johnson City, Speer was the college's controller. He also taught part-time at the American Institute of Banking, another Johnson City establishment, from 1969 to 1970. In 1970, Speer moved to the Boone, North Carolina area and became affiliated with Appalachian State University. From 1971 to 1974, he was also employed as a part-time accountant, doing general accounting and tax accounting, for Stanley A. Harris, Jr., CPA. At Appalachian State, Speer was a faculty member in the Walker College of Business from 1970 to 2000. During those years he taught Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Accounting II, Intermediate Accounting I, Intermediate Accounting II, Cost Accounting, Advanced Cost Accounting, Individual Income Taxation, and Auditing. Speer held professional memberships in the following organizations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants; American Accounting Association-selected years; Institute of Internal Auditors; Scholarship Foundation of North Carolina Society of Accountants-faculty advisor representing the four-year colleges and universities of North Carolina; and Beta Alpha Psi. Speer's publications include the following titles: • "Spirits, Inc." Ethics in the Accounting Curriculum: Cases and Readings, American Accounting Association, 1994, Case C-49, 1-12. (with Raymond L. Larson) • LIFO vs FIFO: Computing Ending Inventory. National Public Accountant 33:0 (September 1988) : 42-44. (with T. Kirkpatrick) • "An Experiment in Course Sequencing for Principals of Accounting." The College Student Journal (Winter 1987): 392-94. (with W. Pollard) In the 1976-77 academic year, Speer was nominated for the Outstanding Teacher Award by the university's Board of Trustees, and he received this award again the following year. Speer was given the Student Government Association's Outstanding Teacher Award in the academic years of 1987-88 and 1991-92, an award for which he was also nominated in the 1990-91 and 1996-97 years. He was nominated for the Board of Governors Award for Excellence in teaching in the fall of 1994. In the 1996-97 academic year, Speer received the Outstanding Service Award presented by the John A. Walker College of Business. Speer was elected to the Faculty Senate from the Walker College of Business for a three- year term, beginning in the fall of 1998. For the large part of the 1990s, he served on the Education Committee of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. In 1999, he received the association's Education of the Year Award. Also, in 2003, he received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Appalachian's Epsilon Kappa chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. Dr. Speer entered the phased-retirement program in 2000 and remained in it until 2003. He was awarded the rank of professor emeritus by Appalachian State's Board of Trustees in June 2003. Sources: Appalachian State University files. -Patti Levine-Brown

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