The Dunham School is thrilled to announce that the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants (LCPA) recently honored Director of Finance and Operations Grady Hazel for his remarkable contribution to the CPA profession by establishing a scholarship in his name. Kaitlyn Fleming, a student at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was named as the first recipient of The Grady Hazel Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to an accounting major at a Louisiana university.
Before joining the Dunham administration in 2016, Grady served as executive director of LCPA for 17 years and G400 Relations Manager with the American Institute of CPAs for three years. Previously, he spent 23 years with the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, where he was the associate superintendent of business affairs for eight years. He is a current member of the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana and holds a bachelor of science and an MBA from LSU.
During his time at LCPA, Grady was noted as a leader in the area of advocacy, working often with state legislators to protect the rights of taxpayers and preserve the strength of the CPA designation. As the lead presenter of Ethics for Louisiana CPAs, he donated all of his customary speaker’s fees back to LCPA’s Educational Scholarship Fund.
“I hope this named scholarship reminds students of the important role of CPAs as trusted and kind community helpers who strive to conduct themselves with the highest ethical standards,” said LCPA Communications and Public Relations Director Ann Lupo. “On a personal note, I can say Grady, as a leader and a friend, was always encouraging and made sure he expressed his appreciation.”
Grady is grandfather of four Dunham students, Parker King ’21, Olivia King ’23, Camille Istre ’26, and Jack Istre ’29. His daughter, Ashley Istre, serves as Dunham’s special events coordinator.