QUIESTER CRAIG, Ph.D, CPA
Dr. Quiester Craig was appointed Professor of Accounting and Dean of the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University in July, 1972. Craig received the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Morehouse College, the MBA from Atlanta University, and the Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and is a CPA in Missouri and North Carolina. During his tenure, the business programs received the unanimous vote for undergraduate accreditation by AACSB International the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in 1979 and the accounting program was the first program at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to receive AACSB International accreditation in 1986.
Dr. Craig received the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Black Accountants in June, 1985, and the Administrator of the Year Award from North Carolina A&T State University at the May, 1986 Commencement. In April, 1987, he was honored as the Business and Public Citation Merit Awardee of the University of Missouri-Columbia. During 1988, Miller Brewing Company selected Dr. Craig for its “Gallery of Greats: 12 Black Educators. . . Building the Foundation.” In 1991, he was honored as Clark-Atlanta University’s Outstanding Graduate Alumnus of the Year. In 1991, he was also honored with the “Outstanding Educator Award” by the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants. In August, 1994, he was recognized as the Beta Alpha Psi Accountant of the Year (Education) at its annual meeting. In October, 1998, Dr. Craig received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
In 1992, Dr. Craig became the first African-American to serve as President of AACSB International and was also the first African-American elected as President of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Honor Society for qualified students in AACSB International accredited business programs, for the 2000-2002 period. In April, 2004, he received exemplary honor and recognition with the naming of the new classroom building for the School of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University as Quiester Craig Hall. In June, 2005, he was the recipient of The Milton Wilson Dean’s Excellence Award from the HBCU Dean’s Roundtable. In November 2011, Dr. Craig was one of the inaugural inductees into the Ph.D. Project Hall of Fame.
Dr. Craig holds membership and participates in a number of professional organizations and has been active in the programs of the Ph.D. Project since its inception. He has been an educational consultant, authored academic and professional publications, and has made many professional program presentations.