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Godfrey Honored at CFO of the Year Awards

Accounting Professor L. Howard Godfrey is being honored by the Charlotte business community for his academic leadership and legacy. He received the first Academic Leadership Award during the Charlotte Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards July 22. The Charlotte Business Journal recognizes outstanding chief financial officers at its annual CFO of the Year Awards Luncheon, which honors finance professionals in the Charlotte area who exemplify excellence as corporate financial stewards.

Godfrey joined the Belk College of Business at UNC Charlotte in 1975. He was the first business faculty member to hold a Ph.D. in accounting, which he received from the University of Alabama, and the first CPA in Charlotte with a doctoral degree. Teaching primarily in the area of federal taxation, Godfrey is a certified public accountant in North Carolina and a member of the American Accounting Association, the American Taxation Association and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Research Helps Forge Cross-Cultural Connections

A new College of Education study is revealing the effects of cross-cultural interactions in the classroom, and how educators can better communicate with students from different backgrounds.Published in the journal Teaching Exceptional Children, the research “A Journey, Not a Destination: Developing Cultural Competence in Secondary Transition” looks specifically at educators who help culturally and linguistically diverse special education students transition from school to the adult world.

Tiana Povenmire-Kirk is a project coordinator at the College of Education and one of the study’s co-authors. She said cultural competence training can make a major difference in the classroom.

"Although research indicates it is important that students see individuals who have similar backgrounds in positions of authority, cultural competence development can greatly improve the services all educators deliver, and the experiences of students from diverse backgrounds," said Povenmire-Kirk.