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Brown Edwards’ Commitment to Private Higher Education

We are committed to private higher education and its many challenges – students with greater financial needs; questions about access, affordability, and institutional value; and grave long-term financial sustainability concerns – to name a few. As you face these and future challenges, you will need an exceptional relationship with and commitment from a group of professionals who advise you and support your efforts.  At Brown Edwards, private higher education is a core focus of our Firm – we know your issues.

  • With over 40 years of experience and expertise, we are a recognized leader in the industry.  Large enough to offer comprehensive services with an emphasis on quality and highly personalized services.
  • We redefine “normal” with our “beyond the basics” value, service and highly unique deliverables.
  • Our service philosophy – quality, timely and personalized service – the “cornerstone” of our practice.
  • Round-the-clock, 24/7 commitment.
  • Reasonable and competitive fees that are a “win/win.”

Our ultimate goal is not to merely render services, but to be committed to your institution’s strategic plan and needs.

Let us introduce you to our “normal.”

Why Choose Brown Edwards?

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Practice Leader

  • David C. Snyder, CPA
    David C. Snyder, CPA
David C. Snyder, CPA
(540) 345-0936
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

David is a partner and has close to forty years of diversified assurance, accounting, and consulting experience with particular expertise serving private educational institutions and other types of not-for-profit organizations.

During his tenure with the Firm, David has served in a variety of executive leadership roles including the following:

  • Member of the firm’s Leadership Committee (Executive Committee and governing board), a position he has held for over twenty five years. This committee is responsible for the Firm’s overall vision and strategic direction. For the past fifteen years, David has been the chairman of the committee.
  • Firm Coordinator of Internal IT Services. In this role, David oversees Brown Edwards’ information technology systems.
  • Firm Coordinator of Education Services. David started this niche over thirty years ago and currently leads our education team. During his leadership, the Firm has had significant growth with small, private colleges and universities. He is a well-respected authority in the industry with experience including:
    • Assurance and related – auditing financial statements and advising on a variety of financial accounting and reporting issues such as presentation, disclosure and transparency
    • Governance and accountability – designing best practices, developing practical ways to meet audit committee responsibilities, and crafting audit committee charters, roles and responsibilities
    • Strategic finance and risk management – business analysis (assessing current resources and projecting future needs), organizational structure, financial benchmarking, strategic debt management (capital additions and debt offerings), reviewing internal controls, and advising on enterprise risk management (ERM)
    • Endowment management – accounting for investments, Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act (UPMIFA) accounting issues, unitization of investment pools, spending policies and benchmarking
  • Past Coordinator of the Firm’s assurance, accounting, and quality control for more than twenty years. In this capacity David designed Brown Edwards’ quality control system and successfully led the Firm through four consecutive peer reviews. He was also responsible for reengineering the Firm’s audit process to enhance efficiencies, effectiveness and the implementation of a paperless (green) assurance approach which is still in use today.

David graduated from Old Dominion University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentrating in Accounting. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants (VSCPA), and has served on the Leading Edge Alliance’s Accounting and Auditing Committee. In addition, David is the past treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee of Virginia Amateur Sports, Inc., which annually organizes the Commonwealth Games of Virginia.

Team Members

  • John C. Hash, II, CPA
    John C. Hash, II, CPA
  • Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
    Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
John C. Hash, II, CPA
(540) 345-0936
319 McClanahan St SW • Roanoke, VA, 24014-7705

John is an assurance and accounting services partner with responsibilities in the Roanoke office of Brown Edwards.  He has over eleven years of experience providing a wide range of services to not-for-profit organizations, particularly private institutions of higher education.  He has significant knowledge of the Student Financial Aid Programs provided by the Department of Education and the compliance testing associated with these programs.  John was recognized as a “Super CPA” by Virginia Business magazine in the government/nonprofit area of practice.

John graduated from James Madison University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
(540) 443-3606
1715 Pratt Dr, Ste 2700 • Blacksburg, VA, 24060

Mark is a partner in the New River Valley office of Brown Edwards.  He has over twenty years of experience in accounting and tax services including three years as the controller of a not-for-profit organization.  Mark has extensive experience working with private colleges and universities & other not-for-profit organizations, construction contractors, manufacturers and affordable housing organizations.

Mark graduated from Radford University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting.  Mark is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in Virginia and Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, Mark is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Mark is a frequent presenter at not-for-profit and private higher education conferences.

Mark is the treasurer of New River Land Trust, a member of the Investor Relations & Development Committee of New River Valley Economic Development Alliance, and is an active leader in his local church and Rotary club.

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