Richard Eckstrom, a CPA, has served as South Carolina's Comptroller General since 2002. As the state’s Chief Accountant, he has championed fiscal restraint, accountability and transparency in all government financial transactions.
From 1994 to 1998, Eckstrom served as State Treasurer. Eckstrom is the first CPA to hold the financial positions of Treasurer or Comptroller General. Prior to being elected Treasurer, he was a practicing CPA with an international accounting firm.
Eckstrom is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Following his graduation in 1970, he was commissioned in the Navy and conducted Oceanographic Research for three years. Upon completion of military service, he earned an MBA and a Master of Accountancy from the University Of South Carolina School Of Business. While a graduate student he also joined the Navy Reserve, retiring as a Captain in 1995.
He is a Brigadier General in the South Carolina State Guard.
I have spent my entire adult life within South Carolina and I truly love the people within this state. I have over fifteen years experience in the accounting field with a majority of my background within the healthcare accounting and finance realm. I am currently employed by Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina where I am licensed as both a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and a CMA (Certified Management Accountant). I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Richmond and an MBA from The Citadel. In addition, I have attained fellowship status with both the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives.
In addition to my work experience I have a written an accounting textbook titled "Hospital Reimbursement: Concepts and Principles". The purpose of this book is to educate and inform those about the complexities of healthcare accounting. I am also an Adjunct Professor who teaches accounting within the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.
Last year I was named a Fulbright Scholar and I had the opportunity to teach accounting to both physicians and students at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. Several years ago I created the Bright Future Scholarship for Foster Care Children which provides partial academic scholarships to foster care children within our great state. Finally, I am a devout Christian who is a parishioner at Corpus Christi Church where I am also a member of the finance council.