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This is Robin Wilkes’ inaugural term as treasurer for USTA/SC, although his expertise in finance goes back nearly 34 years.

Wilkes is a licensed CPA in both North and South Carolina and is a Certified Government Financial Officer here in South Carolina. He is currently the director of the S.C. Department of Transportation. He is also an adjunct accounting professor at Midlands Technical College. Wilkes was a close professional associate and friend of our former state tennis association treasurer, Mel Cummings.

Prior to taking his current position with SCDOT in 2001, Wilkes was executive director of the SC Board of Accountancy, the licensing board for CPA’s, for six years. There he worked extensively on national committees addressing ethical issues facing the profession and the computerization of the CPA exam.

For the remainder of his 28 years of government service, he concentrated in the areas of financial, compliance and operational auditing. His experiences ranged from developing and implementing the nation’s first statewide government procurement certification and audit program to working closely with SLED to investigate and prosecute white-collar crime. Before joining state government, Wilkes spent six years in the public accounting profession.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in accounting. He is a life member and former treasurer of the Columbia Kiwanis Club, outgoing treasurer of the Governmental Finance Officers Association and a former president of the S.C. Public Health Association. His public service efforts include serving as board treasurer of the Women’s Shelter and the Mission of Hope. He was agency chairman of the United Way campaign for several years and served on their audit committee and speakers bureau.

After playing intramurally in college and socially for a number of years, Wilkes tennis participation has been limited for several years by injuries. He is the biggest fan of his wife, Arlene, who can only be classified as a “tennis addict”. He has developed a true respect for the traditions and professionalism of the sport of tennis and quickly volunteered for the position of treasurer of USTA/SC as another way for him to be a part of the “tennis scene” in SC.

Wilkes and his wife have three children and two grandchildren. They attend Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church in Lexington where Wilkes is an elder and treasurer.