Johnnie L Clark

AWSCPA of Georgia Honors 

Johnnie L Clark, CPA, MBA, Ph​.D


Johnnie L. Clark, CPA, MBA, Ph.D. is one of Atlanta’s great women: a leader in accounting, business and education. She is a founding member of the AWSCPA of Georgia and a lifelong champion for diversity and inclusion. Among her many career milestones are service as an educator, a bank president and Dean of the Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University) Graduate School Business.

At the age of 83, Dr. Clark has seen immense changes in her lifetime. She endured rigid segregation and prejudice. “That was life as I lived it.” Through her struggle she became a fierce advocate for fairness and opportunity, striving to ensure equal rights and inclusion for all. She is a true leader and shining example.

Married for 60 years, Charles and Johnnie’s relationship developed while taking Business Law at Atlanta University where he earned his MBA. “We were on the same page regarding what we wanted to accomplish for ourselves and our family and we did what it took.” Through persistence, determination and sheer hard work, she later earned the distinction of being the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Clark was required to wait until 1964 to receive her CPA Certificate even though she had met all the experience requirements prior to passing the CPA exam in 1962. While the tradition was to award the Certificates at a celebration luncheon, she received hers in private. She then began her CPA practice – one that continues to this day. 

With her vast accomplishments, when asked what she enjoyed the most Dr. Clark replies that it was “the students and helping them succeed.” In fact, her example and her words have inspired countless legions of students to achieve more than they ever knew they were capable.​