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Rebecca Herring

Associate Professor Emeritus of Accounting

Rebecca HerringAfter receiving her B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in business education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Rebecca “Becky” Herring dedicated her life to teaching accounting and ensuring the professional success of her graduates.

Herring began her career with the College of Charleston in 1971 as a part-time assistant professor of accounting, accepting a full-time position the following year. Always striving to further her career and deepen her knowledge base, she obtained her CPA in 1974 and was promoted to associate professor in 1975.

When the School of Business sought initial AACSB accreditation in the late 1980s, Herring was a guiding force and steadfast supporter of founding dean Howard Rudd’s efforts to achieve this goal. The School became accredited in 1988 in no small part due to Herring’s servant leadership.

Known to be one of the most approachable instructors on campus and often referred to as “Mother Herring” and “the consummate advisor,” Herring dedicated countless hours to career counseling and placement assistance for accounting students. She went above and beyond to identify individual students’ strengths and career aspirations and worked tirelessly to find the best fit for them within Charleston’s accounting community. She co-developed the first Accounting Advisory Board to foster these external relationships and further enhance the department’s placement efforts.

Throughout her tenure at the College, Herring received the Distinguished Teaching Award and the Distinguished Advising Award. She served as chair of the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies in 1991 and again in 2001, and was named the Bank of America Teaching Professor — the School’s first fully endowed professorship dedicated to exemplary teaching — for the 2000-2001 academic year.

In appreciation of Herring’s outstanding contributions to the School, family members, former students, colleagues, friends and the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies established the Rebecca B. Herring Scholarship for accounting majors in 2000.

Upon her retirement in 2002, Herring was named Associate Professor Emeritus — honoring her three-decade career with the College of Charleston and her tremendous impact on the Department of Accounting and Legal Studies and its students.

Many weekends, Rudd would come to the School to prepare for pressing initiatives or upcoming meetings, only to find Herring in her office doing related work with her husband Malcolm (Mac). Throughout their 60 years of marriage, Mac has stood by Herring’s side as a beacon of support and light. The two — often described as “inseparable” — enjoy spending time with their family, including daughter Lynn, son Paul and daughter-in-law Noreen, and grandchildren Emily, Kelly, Will and Elizabeth.

A lifetime member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Herring also enjoys gardening, traveling, knitting and reading.