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Tony R. Bennett, Director

CPA, MBA, MA


Mr. Bennett has been a practicing CPA for 31 years. His professional experience covers a wide array of services ranging including accounting; tax and consulting services for hundreds of individuals and companies, and financial audits of numerous businesses, municipalities, not-for-profits, and quasi-governmental entities. Much of the audit service was committed to A-128, A-133, Yellow Book audits, and audits in conformance with the audit guides promulgated by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts.   Many of these audits were presented by Mr. Bennett to the respective Boards of Directors.

Mr. Bennett obtained the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 1987. This knowledge was applied in numerous consulting and planning engagements involving corporate, partnership, and individual income tax planning and services; individual and business financial planning; budgeting and financial projections; forecasts, risks assessment, analysis and planning including insurance reviews and needs analysis and planning; succession planning, and estate tax services and planning.  

On numerous occasions Mr. Bennett has been engaged as a taxpayer advocate and has campaigned on behalf of taxpayers’ rights where his written appeal, on one occasion, was presented on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Certified Financial Planner activities led him to obtain National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) licenses, series 6, 63 and 26, during this phase of his career. For 23 of the 30 years in practice, Mr. Bennett was a partner or principle in the accounting firms he was associated with, providing him with a vast amount of knowledge in managing every aspect of professional firms and operating businesses.  This includes, but is not limited to, managing personnel and client relationships, public relations, promotional activities, budgeting, managing cash requirements, banking relationships, collecting accounts receivables, etc. Upon selling his accounting practice, Mr. Bennett was employed by AG Edwards & Sons where he obtained NASD licenses, series 7 and 66 in connection with his position as a financial consultant. 

Janice Thomas, Auditor
Mrs. Thomas has been a practicing CPA for 24 years.  Her professional experience covers a wide array of services including accounting, personal and corporate tax and consulting services, and financial audits of municipalities, not-for-profits and quasi-governmental entities. Much of the audit service was committed to A-128, A-133, Yellow Book audits, and audits in conformance with the audit guides promulgated by the Alabama Department of Examiners of Public Accounts. 

Ms. Thomas received her Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in accounting and graduating cum laude, from Kennesaw State University in Marietta, Georgia in June 1985.

Sherry Taylor, Department Assistant
Prior to her employment at Jacksonville State in 1998, Mrs. Taylor was in the banking industry for 25 years. Initially hired as secretary assigned to managing insurance and other duties, Mrs. Taylor quickly moved up the ranks from loan department to teller to head cashier, and, ultimately, to a customer service specialist.   

Mrs. Taylor began her JSU career working with Jack Hopper, the Assistant to the President, to help with the Presidential Search Committee reviewing candidates for the President’s position at the University.  Mrs. Taylor continued to work with the President’s Office prior to and after the hiring of President Meehan in 1999. Mrs. Taylor assumed the position of Secretary to the Director of Internal Audit in 2000, but continues to assist in the President’s Office as well. 

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