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Beth Anderson, CPA, CGMA

What I do now:
I am proud to say I have returned, 25 years later, to LSUS as the Director of Accounting Services.

My work/job consists of:
I am responsible for monitoring general accounting practices, budgeting, developing and monitoring internal controls, and building a strong financial team. As the director, I must ensure campus decision makers have the financial data they need.

Path to my current career position (how I got from the past to the present):
After graduating from LSUS, I began my professional career at Red River Specialties, Inc. as a Staff Accountant and worked my way up to Controller. I held full accountability for the financial management for 4 related entities. Eighteen years later, I was asked to help with the sale of Red River Specialties, Inc. to a private equity firm. After the sale, I remained with Red River Specialties for another 3 years before moving to Southern Home Builders, Inc. where I worked for 3 years. In March 2017, I was blessed with the opportunity to join the LSUS Accounting Services team. This has been a fantastic year!

How I got to LSUS (or why I chose LSUS): 
When I was a child my parents would drive by LSUS with me and my sister and say, "Look, this is where you can go to college." I had come from a small high school, and LSUS offered the small-school experience. In addition, I was able to remain here at home and obtain a quality education.

LSUS faculty who helped me:
I wouldn't have accomplished what I have professionally had I not had any one of them that led to receiving my accounting degree.

How LSUS helped me succeed:
LSUS provided me an affordable, quality education with the knowledge necessary to pass the CPA Exam and become quite successful in my professional career.

Advice to college-bound students:
Remember your earn your degree. Have fun, but don't sacrifice your future for instant gratification.

Advice to someone who wants to enter my field:
If you plan to sit for the CPA exam, don't allow your goal to end with your B.S. in Accounting. Continue forward to meet the 150-hour requirement. Consider a minor in computer science. With advances in technology and systems, it is my opinion that computer science offers an advantage for accountants as they enter the accounting field by providing the technological knowledge and skills that are beneficial in future career advances.

Tips on choosing a major or career:
Try to focus on something you are interested in, or that you know you will enjoy doing. You will be doing this for many years to come. You may find you have chosen a major that just isn't a "fit." Put thought into it, analyze, visit with your advisor and change - sooner than later.

My toughest professional challenge:
Delegating! In each organization I have worked, there has always been a slim accounting staff. It's easy to begin to take on additional responsibilities rather than utilize the employees on your team. I have to always remember that teaching your team members enhances their skill set and makes them more valuable. It also increases efficiency and productivity for my department which in turn benefits the organization. It's worth taking the time to teach.

My toughest personal challenge:
Maintaining a work/home life balance is a huge challenge. I have learned along the way...FAMILY MATTERS! Your spouse and your children need you, too.

I've learned this from life:
Everything in life requires work and perseverance. A positive attitude goes a long way and you can accomplish anything you want to do with determination. Money does not bring happiness. Living comfortably surrounded by family, making time for them, and thanking God for these blessings is what brings happiness!

What I'd be doing if I had all the time in the world:
I would probably be spending more time with my family and friends.

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