James E. Ratchford, CPA

Title:Partner, Assurance Services

Leadership Role:Industry Leader, Education Group

Education:B.S. in Accounting, Appalachian State University

Jim Ratchford

A Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience, Jim is the Firm’s Industry Leader of the Education Group. In this role, he provides industry leadership and oversight of the Firm’s education clients and service offerings to public and private colleges and universities, community colleges, technical schools, private K-12 schools, education-related foundations and other ancillary organizations.

Jim’s entire professional career has been spent with Cherry Bekaert. A Partner in the Firm since 1988, he has served four three-year terms on the Firm’s Executive Board. Prior to taking the leadership role in the Education Industry Group, Jim served as Partner-in- Charge of the Charlotte office of Cherry Bekaert for 18 years.

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial & A-133 Audits of Colleges and Universities
  • Accounting & Valuation of Alternative Investments
  • Consulting on Linking Strategic Goals to Financial Metrics
  • Benchmarking

Professional Involvement

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants (NCACPA)
  • Southern Association of College and University Business Officers (SACUBO), Strategic Leadership Alliance
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)

Community Involvement

  • United Way
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • YMCA
  • Appalachian State University Accounting Department Advisory Board
  • Rotary Member (Paul Harris Fellow)