The Virginia Society of CPAs announced that its president and chief executive, Thomas M. Berry Jr., will retire at the end of April. He has led the organization for the past 30 years.The society’s board of directors has named VSCPA executive vice president Stephanie R. Peters as the 8,100-member group’s next president and chief executive. She has worked at the VSCPA for nearly a decade.

Berry joined the VSCPA in March 1977 after a short stint as a manager with the American Institute of CPAs and a trio of years as the assistant executive director of the Massachusetts Society of CPAs. He held the Virginia society’s top slot for longer than any previous executive.

During his tenure at the VSCPA, Berry has served as a member of its board of directors and executive committee and as secretary/treasurer of the VSCPA Educational Foundation Board of Directors. He is a past chairman of the Board of the CPA Societies Executives Association, has served as chair of the Board of the Virginia Society of Association Executives and is a past recipient of the Charles B. McFee Award of Excellence in Association Management.

The VSCPA Educational Foundation has already established the Thomas M. Berry Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund in his honor, an award which will be available to students for the 2008-09 school year.

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