You’ve never had a professor like this.
Where do you start with C.J. Skender?
The bow ties (but only Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays)? His tendency to quote songs or movies in classes, or even throw candy around? His obsessive habit of ordering the bills in his wallet by serial number? The possibly even more obsessive habit of ordering his sock drawer alphabetically?
“I have some idiosyncrasies,” he says mildly.
Maybe we should start with his professional qualifications instead:
- More than three decades of teaching experience at top universities in North America — 600-plus classes and more than 40,000 students. Plus corporate training assignments on three continents.
- Eleven professional designations in accounting, financial planning, insurance and management — a virtual alphabet soup of expertise.
- Dozens of teaching awards, including the outstanding educator award from the N.C. Association of Certified Public Accountants and an induction into the Wells Fargo Hall of Fame.
- And some 40 former students who have won CPA medals — awards given for professional distinction or achievement. Another four dozen or so have followed him into academia to become professors themselves.
As accounting professors go, Skender could probably teach whomever and wherever he wants at this point. Fortunately, he really likes Master of Accounting students.
“I love the MAC students just because they’re going into the accounting profession we’re teaching,” he says. “They’re not just interested in how we do something, but why we do something.”
Beyond the accounting, Skender makes it a point to leave students with some philosophy about work and life.
“That their reputation is their most valuable asset,” he says. “If you don’t have integrity, you don’t have anything.”
Maybe that focus above and beyond accounting is why he makes such an impression on students. He often hears from them when they pass the CPA exam, or get married, or have children. Maybe that’s because no matter where you start with Skender, you’ll never forget him.
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