Foundation Chair Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers
ASU Foundation Chairman, Antwon Hardwick, Promoted to Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers
By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU
The chairman of the Alabama State University Foundation, Antwon Hardwick (Class of 1993), has been promoted to partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) International Limited. PwC is the second largest professional services network in the world and is also considered to be one of the "Big Four" accounting firms in the nation. Hardwick, whose PwC business office is located in Houston, Texas, is a Montgomery native who earned his degree in Accounting from the Percy J. Vaughn College of Business Administration (COBA).
"I was very gratified and appreciative of the confidence that PricewaterhouseCoopers exhibited in me when they named me as a partner with equity in the firm, all of which became effective July 1," said Hardwick, who formerly served as a managing director with the financial behemoth. "There is a big difference in now being a partner from the former staff role that I had before my promotion took effect. I now am working with clients to drive big strategic initiatives, acquisitions, mergers and many other complex financial operations."
TOP ASU PERSONNEL ELATED BY PROMOTION
Hardwick was elected chairman of the ASU Foundation in January, 2023 for a three-year term. Since then, ASU's vice president for Institutional Advancement/executive director of the ASU Foundation, Col. (ret.) Gregory Clark, has worked closely with Hardwick to raise funds to advance all aspects of the University.
"We are all very proud of Chairman Hardwick's tremendous accomplishment of making partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers," Clark said. "The leadership that he has shown as Foundation chairman is indicative of the high level of business acumen that has been recognized with this promotion. Chairman Hardwick is a shining example of the world-class education that students receive at Alabama State University."
The dean of COBA, Dr. Kamal Hingorani, also has a close association with Hardwick, and explained the enormity of the promotion that the accounting alumnus earned at PwC.
"This is no ordinary promotion that Mr. Hardwick has received. Being made a partner with a Big Four accounting firm is a huge advancement for him to receive, both in his employment status and duties and within his financial compensation," stated Hingorani. "This also is a very big deal for both Alabama State and its business college since he is our graduate. I must note and thank him for all he has done and will continue to do in helping us to upgrade and build the curriculum of the ASU College of Business Administration."
HARDWICK GIVES CREDIT TO THE UNIVERSITY
The new partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers explained that making the choice to attend Alabama State University is among the wisest decisions he has made in his life.
"Attending ASU and studying accounting in its business college has been fundamental to my professional success in life," Hardwick stated. "I obtained an incredible foundation in so many things (and benefited from) having small classes with personalized instruction by a gifted faculty and in a variety of academic courses, ranging from accounting, finance, systems and more. It also instilled within me confidence, a sense of the history of our community, and the importance of giving back to the community.
"ASU helped me to not only see, but understand, the global perspective in life. I will be forever grateful to my ASU," Hardwick shared.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.