Dr. Charles (Charley) T. Zlatkovich, well-known to students and colleagues as “Dr. Z,” taught at The University of Texas at Austin for more than 40 years before his retirement in 1983. After high school graduation, he enrolled in North Texas Agricultural College (NTAC). He graduated in June 1936 and then entered Texas Christian University (TCU), graduating with the B.S. in commerce with honors in June 1938. He continued his education and received the first M.B.A. conferred by TCU in August 1939.
He began his teaching career at NTAC where he taught elementary accounting, and he continued teaching while pursuing an M.B.A. at TCU. From start to retirement, his academic teaching career spanned 48 years, interrupted only by military service from 1942 to 46. Immediately upon his release from the Navy, Charley re-enrolled in UT’s Ph.D. program, which he completed in 1952. During his tenure at UT, Dr. Z served three times as chairman of the Department of Accounting. He was appointed the C. Aubrey Smith Professor of Accounting in 1973 and held this position as an emeritus professor thereafter.
Dr. Z was very active professionally. He was a member of the Texas Society of CPAs (TSCPA) where he served on many committees and held numerous positions, including president of the Austin chapter. He went on to hold high offices in TSCPA state, such as secretary, vice president, and eventually president. In 1976, the TSCPA gave Dr. Z the well-earned Award of Meritorious Service to the Public Accounting Profession and the Continuing Professional Education award. Dr. Z also was active in the American Accounting Association and the Texas Association of University Instructors in Accounting, eventually serving as vice president and then president of both.
Dr. Z served on numerous committees for the University, the College and Graduate School of Business, and the Department of Accounting. He also published numerous articles and book reviews during his academic career at UT, many of which appeared in The Accounting Review and The Journal of Accountancy.
He was an excellent and demanding teacher. At least once, he taught almost all accounting courses offered by the department. In 1989, he was inducted into the College of Business Administration Hall of Fame. In his honor for the Hall of Fame ceremony, UT President William H. Cunningham said: “We take great pride in recognizing Charles T. Zlatkovich for his outstanding achievements and significant contributions to the College and Graduate School of Business. His strong leadership and distinguished career in the business and educational communities serve as excellent examples to all Texans.” Dean Robert E. Witt said: “Charles T. Zlatkovich’s accomplishments will long stand as an inspiration and an example for future generations of students at The University of Texas at Austin.”