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Dr. Michael LaGrone

M. LaGrone

When Dr. Mike LaGrone joined the University of the Cumberlands faculty in 1998, he brought with him a wealth of experience as both a teacher and as a business professional. Between 1972 and 1983, he worked as a financial analyst and consultant for companies in Indiana and South Carolina, and since 1984 he has held faculty positions at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.

Like several other members of the Business Administration faculty, Dr. LaGrone’s first degree was earned in another field. In 1969 he graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Georgia. In 1974, he earned an M.B.A. in Finance from Indiana University, and in 1990, a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He was certified to practice as an Enrolled Agent before the IRS in 1983, passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam the same year, and became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) in 1986.

Dr. LaGrone is a member of the American Accounting Association and of the Institute of Management Accountants, with which he has held several offices, including, most recently, that of President and Webmaster for the Knoxville chapter for 2001-2002. His professional expertise has been further recognized by his selection to serve as a peer reviewer of the Accounting Department of Thomas More College.

Courses Taught

  • BACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
  • BACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
  • BACC 331 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BACC 332 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BACC 337 Accounting Information Systems
  • BACC 431 Cost Accounting I
  • BACC 432 Cost Accounting II
  • BACC 436 Governmental Accounting
  • BADM 330 Legal Environment of Business

Publications and Presentations

"Cooperative Learning Applications in Introductory Accounting and Their Continuing Effects," with J. Davis, forum presentation at the American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, August, 1996.

"Assessment of Instructional Delivery Alternatives in Accounting," with J. Davis, presented to the South Carolina Higher Education Assessment 8th Annual Conference, November 1995.

"Assessment of Environmental Change and the Accounting Principles Courses," with J.R. Davis, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-47th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1995.

"Non-doctoral Accounting Faculty-Perceptions and Role in Business Schools," with J. McMillan, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-46th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1994.

"The Effects of Ethics Instruction on Accounting Graduate Students: Transitory or Persistent?" with J.R. Davis and R. Welton, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-45th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1993.

"An Investigation of the Effects of Ethics Instruction on the Moral Development of Accounting Graduate Students," with R. Welton, in the Collected Papers and Abstracts-44th SEAAA Annual Meeting-1992.

"State Space Forecasting of EPS," in the International Association of Business Forecasting’s 5th Annual Conference Proceedings, presented October 1991.

"Evaluation of Multivariate Earnings Forecasting," in The Institute of Management Sciences Southeastern Chapter Proceedings, edited by R. Zigli and S. Steinriede, p. 186-188, and presented October 1991.

"Ethics Seminar," a CPE Session sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants, Greenville and Anderson Chapter; presented with R. Welton, Fall 1991 and Spring 1992.