CPA profile: Nancy Schneider

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Lynchburg College, Lynchburg

Title: Professor of accounting
Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics education, University of Florida; master’s degree in professional accountancy, Georgia State University;
Professional certifications (in addition to CPA): Certified Management Accountant
Husband: William, an attorney
Children:  Two adult daughters, Michael, who just moved in July to a group home for adult individuals with disabilities; and Evan, a National Merit scholar who is in her senior year at Bryn Mawr College double-majoring in physics and math
Pets:  “Daisy, a 4.2 pound toy poodle, and Evan’s fish that I inherited responsibility for while she’s away at college”
Hobbies:  “Mostly reading and exercise, occasional camping.”
Favorite vacation spot: “I have gone to New York City twice with Evan and we’ve had a lovely time being tourists and attending Broadway musicals.”
Favorite meal:  “None particularly; I like sushi a lot.”
Fan of: “Humor, reason, civil people, The Wall Street Journal Friday crossword puzzle, movies if they’re not too violent or scary”
Recently read: “A Short History of Just About Everything,” by Bill Bryson

How is the increasing demand for accountants affecting accounting departments?
“I can only speak to its effect at Lynchburg College, where the most significant effect is that accounting majors find meaningful employment quickly and with a higher rate of success than business majors in general.”

Are you seeing increasing interest in accounting among college students?
“Lynchburg College is too small (only three accounting faculty members) for me to have meaningful personal experience with this question.  Our accounting enrollments have been reasonably stable.  We have an effective accounting program, and our accounting majors typically have jobs before they graduate.  Many go first into public accounting and become CPAs. Others enter the private sector.  A 2004 graduate is currently enrolled in an accounting Ph.D. program at the University of Massachusetts.”

How do students learn about career opportunities in accounting? 
“Based on their performance in the first accounting class (which typically has few accounting majors in it), students who demonstrate an aptitude for an accounting career are invited to meet with me individually to learn about career opportunities for accounting majors.  I supplement the ensuing discussion with relevant fliers and brochures and introduce students to Web sites such as the AICPA’s and VSCPA’s  Students who find an accounting career to be a good fit with their interests and aptitudes frequently decide to major in accounting after this meeting.”

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