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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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Learn more about how we can support your institutionContact One of Our Team Members

Practice Leaders

  • John C. Hash, II, CPA
    John C. Hash, II, CPA
    Partner
  • Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
    Mark E. Woolwine, CPA
    Partner
John C. Hash, II, CPA
Partner
(540) 345-0936   
jhash@becpas.com
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
Partner
(540) 443-3606   
mwoolwine@becpas.com
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.

In addition to being an active leader in his local church and Rotary club, Mark is a member of the following boards of directors:

  • New River Land Trust
  • Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
  • Montgomery County Economic Development Commission
  • Onward NRV

Team Member

  • Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
    Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
    Partner
Valerie R. Ellis, CPA, CGMA
Partner
(304) 343-4188
vellis@becpas.com
300 Chase Building, 707 Virginia Street East • Charleston, WV 25301

Valerie is a partner in the Charleston office with over 30 years of professional experience in a wide variety of areas. Valerie has directed audits of many closely held businesses, employee benefit plans, and nonprofit organizations. She has consulted with clients on matters ranging from regulatory compliance to operational issues and internal control. Her clients include professional firms, retailers, wholesalers, contractors, colleges and universities, foundations, and religious organizations.

Valerie has been a contributing author and technical reviewer for nationally distributed publications and a featured speaker at industry conferences.

Valerie graduated summa cum laude from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Valerie is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the West Virginia Society of CPAs where she has served as chair of various committees, and the Charleston Chapter of the West Virginia Society of CPAs. She is also a member and past treasurer of the Rotary Club of Charleston; a member of the Marshall University Division of Accountancy and Legal Environment Advisory Board, and a member of the cultivation committee for Women in Economic and Leadership Development.  She also teaches financial literacy to teenage parents through a program at her church.

Valerie was honored as the AICPA 2012 Woman to Watch–Experienced Leader by the West Virginia Society of CPAs.

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