Award-winning professor retiring after 47 years

Award-winning professor retiring after 47 years
Thursday, July 1, 2021

After 47 years of teaching accounting and tax law and impacting thousands of lives at UNC Charlotte, Professor of Accounting Howard Godfrey says it’s time to move on.

“It’s time to relax a bit,” said Godfrey, who joined the Belk College of Business in 1975 soon after earning his Ph.D. in accounting.

Godfrey — the winner of several awards, including UNC Charlotte’s top faculty award in 2011 — retired July 1. He estimates that more than 10,000 Belk College students have passed through one or more of his classes.

“Howard lives by the motto ‘teaching is a privilege not to be taken lightly,’” said Jennifer Troyer, dean of the Belk College. “He has tirelessly dedicated himself to teaching and to helping our accounting students succeed. For him, this dedication extends long after our students leave the classroom. We often hear from former students who share how they received a congratulatory note from him when they passed the CPA exam or how he continued to celebrate with them as their careers progressed.”

Read more about Godfrey’s legacy of service. Also, send a note of congratulations or view a photo gallery with images from Godrey through the years.