March 20, 2013

NASBA’s Nominating Committee met Monday, March 18, to select Walter C. Davenport, CPA, as the Committee’s nominee for NASBA Vice Chair 2013-2014, who will automatically accede to Chair in 2014-2015.

Davenport is a former member and president (1995-1997; 1998-1999) of the North Carolina Board of CPA Examiners. During his nine years on the Board, he also served as vice president (1997-1998) and secretary/treasurer (2002-2003).

Walter Davenport, CPA

He has also worked in several roles as a member of NASBA. From 2003-2012, he served on the Board of Directors as Middle Atlantic director and later director-at-large. His work on various NASBA committees is extensive and includes serving as former chair of the Administration & Finance, Audit, CBT Examination Administration, CPA Licensing Examination, CPE and Strategic Initiatives Committees. Additionally, he has held membership on NASBA’s Compliance Assurance, Examination, Nominating, Relations with Member Boards and Uniform Accountancy Act Committees. Walter is also a former member of the AICPA’s Board of Examiners and Minority Recruitment and Equal Opportunity Committee.

Among his professional affiliations include membership in the AICPA, North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants, National Association of Black Accountants and National Association of Corporate Directors.

Davenport’s career in public accounting began in 1970, in the Atlanta office of Arthur Andersen & Company. In 1974, he returned to North Carolina to join Nathan T. Garrett, who served as NASBA President in 1992-93. In 1998, Garrett & Davenport, P.C., the largest and oldest minority-owned CPA firm in North Carolina, merged into Cherry, Bekeart & Holland, a regional CPA firm and among the 25 largest firms in the country. As an audit partner in the Raleigh office, Walter also served as firm-wide director of the Not-for-Profit Industry Group. He retired from the firm in 2008.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Currently, he is self-employed as a consultant/corporate director of Walter C. Davenport, CPA, and serves on corporate and non-profit boards, as well as treasurer to political campaigns. He is the proud father of two adult sons, Walter Jr. and Winston.

Walter Davenport’s dedication and professional skills will help further NASBA’s mission to enhance the effectiveness and advance the common interests of the Boards of Accountancy in the years to come.

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