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Karen B. Gaskill, MS, CPA, CGMA / Doctoral Candidate


Karen Gaskill has more than twenty years of experience in professional accounting practice.  She has taught business law, managerial finance, advanced accounting, tax, auditing, and other financial and managerial accounting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.  Professor Gaskill is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) with extensive experience in public accounting and private industry.  She began her career on the audit staff of one of the largest public accounting firms in its Charlotte, NC office.  There, she had the pleasure of working primarily with the financial institution, auto dealership, and employee benefit plan teams.  In addition to audit and review services, she also provided the tax preparation for her privately held business clients and owners.  Salisbury-based Carolina Beverage Corporation, the parent company of the soft drink Cheerwine, gave Mrs. Gaskill her first controller opportunity.  Since then, she has worked almost exclusively with privately held companies in controller and chief financial officer roles, but also served a multi-billion dollar publicly traded company in payroll tax and energy manager positions.  Her consulting practice focuses on process improvement, profit improvement, and strategy development and execution.  She also enjoys helping individuals grow in their roles to meet the ever-changing needs of dynamic organizations. 

Professor Gaskill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, and a Master of Science degree in Accounting with a concentration in Accounting Systems from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  In 2005, she completed a Certificate in Process Management from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  She completed the AACSB Bridge Program in Long Beach, California in 2007.  Having completed the course requirements for a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting at the Davis College of Business at Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida, she is in the dissertation phase with an expected graduation date of April 2021. 

Active in her profession, Karen Gaskill has served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA), and as a "CPA Ambassador" for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  She also served in chapter officer roles and was the founding chairperson of the Financial Literacy Council of the NCACPA.  She continues to volunteer in financial literacy, chapter, and service events with the association and serve on church and community boards.  She and her husband, Scott, met on the Catawba College campus as freshmen more than thirty years ago and are the proud parents of three daughters and Gigi and G-Pop to three granddaughters.