Troy names accounting school for William H. Carr

By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News

The University of Troy named its accounting school after William H. Carr, a native of Enterprise and founder of Car, Riggs & Ingram, one of the fastest growing accounting firms in the nation.

Carr was recognized last week at a ceremony where Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins marked the name change.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees and our Foundation Board, and the entire University of Troy family, today and on this occasion, the William H. Carr School of Accountancy is established,” said Dr. Hawkins, according to a press release.

Troy’s Carr School of Accountancy has quietly become one of the top such programs in the country. Last year, Accounting Today named the school 16e nationwide for medium-sized programs. The ranking is based on a review of National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPA exam pass rates, rewarding schools with a greater likelihood that their graduates will pass the exam.

Carr is certainly one of the school’s most famous alumni. Since founding his company 30 years ago, Carr has led CRI to become the 19e nationally ranked accounting and consulting firm by accounting today. The company has offices in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. It employs more than 2,300 people and represents more than 100,000 clients in all 50 states and several countries.

“The University of Troy has been extremely important to our business… our breeding ground is the University of Troy. That’s where we get our foundation,” Carr said. “We have a lot of Troy partners and it’s really in leadership positions; (Troy University) meant a lot to us.

Carr told students and guests gathered for the event that the demand for accountants is higher than he has ever seen.

“You are the supply, and we have the demand (for your skills),” he said, according to the statement.

“First, what you do here at the University is important – your grades matter because… they demonstrate work ethic and intelligence. Second, when you end up in TROY, it doesn’t matter which flag you are carrying and you are on equal footing. At that point, it’s up to you to keep learning, to keep embracing change, and to succeed,” he said.

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