Education and Leadership
The Austin Chapter has been providing members with professional support since its inception on January 19, 1939 as the Austin-Waco Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. Eight members attended the first meeting.
The Austin Chapter separated from the joint chapter on August 13, 1940. During the 1954-55 year, the first Chapter newsletter was published and membership increased to 50 members. Chapter membership grew to approximately 100 members during the 1960-61 year.
During the 1965-66 year, Chapter scholarships were awarded for the first time to black and female high school students.The Austin Chapter received the TSCPA Outstanding Small Chapter Award in 1972-73.
The Austin Chapter received the TSCPA Outstanding Medium Chapter Award in 1974-75. The Austin Chapter elected its first woman president for the 1975-76 year.
During the 1980-81 year, the Chapter established its own office as the activity center for its members. Chapter membership grew to over 500 members during the 1981-82 year and to 1,000 members during the 1984-85 year.
The Austin Chapter received the TSCPA Outstanding Large Chapter Award in 1983-84. The Austin Chapter started participating in the TSCPA Joint Dues Billing program.
As a result, the Chapter increased its membership by 42%, ending the year with 1,223 members. The Chapter also received its second TSCPA Outstanding Large Chapter Award in 1993-94.
Current Austin CPA Chapter membership exceeds 2,200.
The professional composition of the Chapter’s membership is split 45:55 between CPAs in public accounting and those in industry, government and education.
Women are rapidly joining the ranks of a once male-dominated profession, with national estimates indicating approximately 50 percent of those entering the field today to be female.