C.J. Skender was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in 1954. He captained three sports at Susquehanna Township High School. C.J. holds academic degrees from Lehigh University and Duke University. He attended Lehigh on a basketball scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. C.J. worked as an auditor for Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Philadelphia. He has attained eleven professional designations in accounting, financial planning, insurance, and management: CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CMA (Certified Management Accountant), CCA (Certified Cost Analyst), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), ChFC (Chartered Financial Consultant), CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), CFP (Certified Financial Planner), AIAF (Associate in Insurance Accounting and Finance), CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), CFM (Certified in Financial Management), and CBM (Certified Business Manager).
C. J. has served as a training consultant on three continents for IBM, Nortel, Siemens, Starwood and Wells Fargo. He has developed and delivered various executive education seminars as well as CPA, CMA, and CIA review courses. For six years, he lectured simultaneously in the State, Carolina and Duke CPA preparatory classes. For seven years, C. J. taught Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting on cable television in the Research Triangle area. His scholarly work has been published in TAXES and Journal of Accounting Education.
C. J. has received multiple teaching awards at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School (13), at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business (5), and at North Carolina State University (5). He has been included among the outstanding Fuqua faculty in four editions of the Business Week Guide to the Best Business Schools. Thirty former students have earned medals on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination. C. J. has taught more than 450 sections of college courses and 20,000 students during his academic career. He was tapped into the Golden Chain at NCSU in 1985 and was named Alumni Distinguished Professor there in 1992. C. J. was presented the Outstanding Educator Award by the North Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants in 1995. He was inducted into the Wells Fargo Hall of Fame in 2003 for lifetime achievement. At the University of North Carolina, C. J. has received three Weatherspoons (2000, 2004 and 2007) as well as the James M. Johnston Teaching Excellence Award in 2005. His classes were highlighted in businessweek.com, sportsillustrated.com andcnn.com in 2006 and he was featured in "The Last Word" in the April 2008 Journal of Accountancy.
C. J. and his wife Mary Anne are the parents of two sons and one daughter: Charles (1979), Timothy (1983), and Corey (1987). They reside in Raleigh, North Carolina.