SUNY Fredonia graduate scores highest on CPA exam in upstate NY

The principals of Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, PC are proud to announce that Jamestown’s Betsy Thayer recently became a Certified Public Accountant in New York state by passing all parts of the CPA exam.

“Betsy not only passed the CPA exam, but she did phenomenal,” said Christo-pher Smith, principal and manager of the Jamestown Office. “Her test results put her with an elite class of young professionals.”

Of the more than 92,000 candidates that sat for the Certified Public Account-ant exam last year, only 39 of them across the nation had a higher score.

“We are most proud of Betsy’s accomplishment,” Smith added. “Obviously she is very intelligent, but she worked extremely hard to achieve those scores. Her dedication to our field will certainly extend to an outstanding career in public accounting.”

After completing the well-respected internship program with Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Company, P.C., Thayer joined the firm in 2012 as an associate at the Jamestown office. She is currently a specialist in the firm’s tax department, focusing on tax consulting and preparation.

In May 2012, she graduated summa cum laude from SUNY Fredonia with a bachelor of science degree in public accountancy.

Thayer also earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and health and human services from State University of New York in Buffalo where she graduated summa cum laude in May 2007.

While attending SUNY Fredonia, she was honored with the 2012 New York State Society of CPAs Accounting Senior Award, the 2011 New York State Society of CPAs John T. Kennedy Memorial Award, and the M.R. Poummit Achievement Award for highest department GPA in the spring of 2011. She maintained Dean’s List status every semester. During her time at SUNY Fredonia, she was an accounting tutor and volunteered her services with the VITA program.

Schaffner, Knight, Minnaugh & Co, P.C., is an accounting firm of specialists who utilize both national and international resources from the McGladrey Alliance in order to best serve their clients. In addition to Jamestown, the firm has offices in Erie and DuBois, Pennsylvania.