As a college freshman, Ann Pletcher had her sights set on teaching French in high school, but her students today will tell you she now speaks an entirely different language as a professor of accounting and economics. In recognition of Dr. Pletcher’s excellence in classroom teaching and active involvement in the accounting profession, the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (SCACPA) named Converse College Professor Dr. Ann Pletcher the 2010 Accounting Educator of the Year. Pletcher accepted her award from SCACPA during the association’s CPA summit and annual meeting held in Columbia in November. “I was surprised and honored to receive this award,” said Pletcher. “There are many fine accounting educators in the state of South Carolina at our public and private universities who would be deserving of this award. I have always loved teaching and to have been recognized by the professional group of South Carolina Certified Public Accountants as the Accounting Educator of the Year for 2010 is very rewarding.”
A member of the Converse faculty since 1984, Pletcher teaches Intermediate Accounting I, Business and Accounting Information Systems, Cost Accounting I & II, Advanced Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Senior Seminar and Student Success Seminars. In 2002, she won the Kathryne Amelia Brown Award for excellence in teaching. In addition to her role as a professor, Pletcher advises undeclared freshmen and accounting majors. She also serves as the Converse College Director of Institutional Research. Prior to her career at Converse, she taught at Beaufort County Community College in North Carolina.
Pletcher earned the Certified Management Accountant designation in 1988 and is a member of the ICMA and the Spartanburg area chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. She is also an academic member of the South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. Her areas of interest include managerial or cost accounting, systems development and technology.
Accounting Educator of the Year Award
The Accounting Educator of the Year award recognizes full-time college accounting educators who exhibit excellence in classroom teaching and active involvement in the accounting profession. To be considered for this award, nominees must be:
• A full-time accounting educator at a college or university
• Distinguished for excellence in classroom teaching, motivating students and educational innovation
• Contributing to the accounting profession, as demonstrated by active involvement in professional activities, such as, participation in professional accounting organizations
• Served as a liaison between the classroom and the business world
• A member in good standing of the SC Association of CPAs