In 1954, Bernadine Coles Gines became the first African-American woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York state, and the 34 th African American CPA in the U.S.

This week, the Accounting Club presents Ms. Gines in an historic lecture presentation at the College of Staten Island (CSI). She is a good figure for us to present, with a great message for the community says Taiwo Olasupo , president of the CSI accounting club, and vice president of the college’s student government.

She is an African-American woman of great achievement and accomplishment, Olasupo continued, and we are ecstatic that she will join us and share her experiences with the college and Staten Island community.”

The College of Staten Island Accounting Club presents a lecture entitled It’s Not a White Collar Profession”.

Bernadine Coles Gines will discuss her experiences as the first CPA in New York state.

College of Staten Island Center for the Arts
Lecture Hall (1P-119)
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island NY 10314

Thursday, April 14, 2005 – 1:30 p.m.

Gines graduated from Virginia State College. She received a BS in Business Administration and was ranked first in her graduating class. In 1947, she earned her Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from New York University She has been featured in the book A White Collar Profession: African American Certified Public Accountants since 1921.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the CSI Accounting Club.