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August 7, 2002

Sudderth is new dean of Business and Graduate Programs at Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Dr. Tara Sudderth, Donald C. Brabston Professor of Accounting, is the new dean of the Division of Business and Graduate Programs at Birmingham-Southern College.

"Dr. Sudderth brings a refreshing combination of classroom experience and real-world business knowledge to this position," said BSC Provost Dr. Irvin Penfield. "We are confident that this will be a winning formula for leadership of this program which prepares students to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing global marketplace."

Sudderth, who joined the BSC faculty in 1988, received her bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern in 1985. She received a master's in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Mississippi. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant.

She replaces Dr. Byron Chew and Dr. Cecilia McInnis-Bowers, who are returning full-time to their positions as Bernard A. Monaghan Professor of Management and Elton B. Stephens Professor of Sales/Sales Management and Marketing, respectively.

Chew and McInnis-Bowers had served in the unique role of dean partners of Birmingham-Southern's Division of Business and Graduate Programs for the past six years, making joint decisions and sharing responsibilities to emulate the team-based management model their students would most likely encounter upon entering the corporate world following graduation.

Under their team leadership, the college's undergraduate and graduate degree business programs earned initial accreditation by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in April 2002. AACSB International is recognized as the premier accrediting agency for business schools.


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