Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Bette Williams

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Bette Williams

It All Adds Up
As early as high school, alumnus Bette Williams was on her way to a fulfilling career as a certified public accountant. The 1950 Corpus Christi High School valedictorian, then known as Bette Diane Davis, had a mind for math and was voted "Most Likely to Succeed." After gaining experience at a CPA firm in College Station, Williams returned to her hometown, worked at a local firm and attended evening classes at the University of Corpus Christi, which, at the time, numbered around 600 students. In 1960, Williams took her CPA exam, scored the second-highest grade in the state that year and became the third female CPA in Corpus Christi. She received her bachelor of science in accounting from the University of Corpus Christi in 1964 and worked in Corpus Christi, Fort Worth and Austin before opening her own Austin-based firm in 1985. Williams has been involved with both the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for 40 years and has received numerous awards. She has served as TSCPA secretary and president of the Austin chapter, which also named its largest scholarship after her. In June 2005, the current West Austin Rotary Club president was the first woman in 50 years to receive the TSCPA "Meritorious Service to Public Accounting Profession in Texas."

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