On Tuesday, the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) announced Dr. Carlos Johnson, CPA, is the 33rd recipient of the organization’s William H. Van Rensselaer Public Service Award.
An OSCPA member since 1972, Johnson is a former NASBA chair, vice chair, director-at-large and Southwest regional director of NASBA. He is also a former chair of NASBA’s UAA Committee, Nominating Committee, State Board Relevance and Effectiveness Committee, Legislative Support Committee, Audit Committee, Awards Committee, Past Chair Advisory Council, Leadership Development Group and Substantial Equivalency Strike Force (Mobility Task Force). Additionally, Johnson is a former member of NASBA’s Administration and Finance, Education, Regulatory Structures and Issues, and Relations with Member Boards committees.
During his leadership of NASBA, Dr. Johnson successfully championed the passage of substantial equivalency provisions in the Uniform Accountancy Act and fostered the relationship between NASBA and the American Accounting Association.
A former member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, Johnson dedicated 10 years of service to the Board, three terms as chair and two terms as vice chair, and consistently urged fellow Oklahoma Board members to become actively involved in NASBA leadership. He has also served in various positions with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He is a past OSCPA chairman and has served numerous years as the OSCPA Government Relations Chair. Currently serving on the OSCPA Advocacy Task Force, Johnson is a 1995 Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame inductee, a 2012 OSCPA Public Service Award recipient and a 2019 OSCPA Path Finder.
Johnson is president of Carlos E. Johnson, CPA, PLLC, having retired from his position as senior investment banker with BOSC, Inc., a subsidiary of BOK Financial Corp. Prior to joining BOSC, Inc., he was a partner with KPMG, LLP, for 24 years, a partner with the firm of Horne & Co. of Ada and Dean of the School of Business of East Central University in Ada.
Johnson earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in accounting and business education from Oklahoma State University’s College of Business. In recognition of Oklahoma State University’s 100th Anniversary, Johnson was honored as one of the Spears School Tributes: 100 for 100, representing a rich history and diversity of experience among those who earned business degrees from OSU.