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UGA alumna is first female dean of Morehouse Division of Business Administration and Economics

Cheryl Allen (PHD ’98) was recently named the first female dean of the Business Administration and Economics Division at Atlanta’s Morehouse College; however, she admits that education has not always been “on [her] radar.”

Allen says that she and her sisters were inspired by a female accountant’s visit to her high school bookkeeping class in Chattanooga - an experience that led the sisters to enter the field. After landing what many would consider a dream job with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), but finding herself dissatisfied about the possibility of becoming a partner, Allen elected to pursue other career options.

After discussing her future with a former professor at Morehouse, Allen was drawn to teaching. After some time, she realized that her CPA degree was not going to cut it, considering her new career aspirations. At the age of 32, Allen entered UGA to earn her Ph.D.

Allen’s passion for accounting and breaking boundaries has led to this important position at Morehouse. While the university just celebrated its 145th anniversary, she believes there is always room to grow. “You think you have the solutions to make it all work,” she says. “That’s not all there is to it. You can have all the credentials in the world, and not move one student.”

Congratulations, Cheryl, on being named dean at Morehouse. Your hard work has obviously paid off and and we are proud to call you a fellow Bulldog.

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